Campaign 2016: 8th Congressional District race

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – We are just two weeks away from Election Day and as the campaigning continues to heat up.

In the 8th Congressional district race incumbent Republican Mike Bishop is up against Democrat challenger Suzanna Shkreli.

When it comes to experience Representative Bishop says, not only does he have time on his side, but also accomplishments.

“I was the first freshman to get a bill passed and signed into law by the president,” says Rep. Mike Bishop.

Suzanna Shkreli joined the race at the last minute but as the Macomb County assistant prosecutor she says her experience serving the law, and more importantly the people, makes her the best candidate.

“That has given me the tenacity to take on the tough fights to Congress and to fight for Michigan’s middle class families,” said Shkreli.

Bishop says there are three issues that he has stood up for while in Congress and will continue to tackle if re-elected.

The first is the economy and job growth “making it an environment in this country that encourages businesses and job growth rather than penalizes it.”

Next is strong national security “the primary function of government is to secure the safety of its citizens and that really is my focus.”

And not only is he focused on safety but the health of his constituents as well. “We need to repeal and replace Obamacare with a patient centered, straightforward system that makes healthcare actually affordable and accessible.”

With the burden of student loans still on her back Shkreli says affordable education is not just important for students but can make a major impact on the state as a whole.

“We need to make sure that we’re working with our students so that they’re able to invest in Michigan, in Michigan’s 8th district,” Shkreli explains.

Shkreli is also focusing on growing jobs in the state, especially when it comes to the manufacturing industry and the protection of workers, such as “safeguards for workers wages, environmental protections, human rights protections.”

Both candidates believe it’s their duty to not just hear what their constituents have to say but to put words into action.

“I want to give them a voice, like I do in the courtroom every single day for women and children and people who are in danger,” concludes Shkreli.

Rep. Bishop adds “we ought to be taking the advice and counsel of those on the outside who see it better than we do.”

Bishop and Shkreli both say their main priority is their promise to the people.

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