Democrat Elissa Slotkin defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. She is the first Democrat to represent the district since 2001.
The 8th district includes Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Lake Orion, Oxford, Brighton, Independence Township, East Lansing and Howell, among other communities.
The Detroit News reports that Slotkin’s campaign said Bishop called shortly before 1 a.m. to concede. With 98 percent of the vote in, Slotkin led Bishop with 49 percent of the vote, or 155,622 votes, to 48 percent, or 153,157 votes.
Slotkin, 42, of Holly, a former Defense Department official, has family affiliations with Temple Israel and Temple Beth El. Her great-grandfather founded Hygrade Foods in Detroit in 1949.
She previously told the JN: “My priorities are the top issues I hear about from folks across the 8th District every day: healthcare, infrastructure and the influence of money in politics.”
At her press conference she said, “I want to say how deeply grateful I am to the people of the 8th district and everyone in this room. We believed in a mission … And it is a mission to restore integrity to our politics.
“I stand in front of you today as a proud Midwestern Democrat,” Slotkin stated. “We are practical, reasonable, independently minded — we are willing to work across the aisle to get something done. And we believe in our bones that all hardworking American families deserve a fair shake — no more and no less. As Midwesterners, we will not wait for someone to do the job for us. We are going to teach those in Washington how to act.”