Republican candidate for congressional 8th district elected

(Source: MGN)
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Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 10:56 PM EDT
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FENTON, Mich. (WNEM) - Paul Junge has been elected the Republican candidate for the congressional eighth district.

Junge will face incumbent Congressman Dan Kildee for the seat in the November election.

“I’m grateful for the strong support in the primary, commend my fellow candidates and their supporters, and look forward to unifying Independents, Republicans, and fed-up Democrats to defeat liberal Washington DC politician Dan Kildee. Families are struggling with the rising cost of goods and a weak economy, yet all Dan Kildee does is vote 100% in favor of Biden’s failed agenda,” Junge said.

“I will fight to improve our economy and help families better afford the rising cost of goods by reducing the tax burden, stopping reckless Washington DC spending, and increasing American energy production. We will move in the right direction again by empowering Michigan families and small businesses rather than letting liberal politician Dan Kildee continue to damage our economy and family budgets.”

Congressman Kildee’s campaign released these statements following Junge’s victory:

“The choice in this election could not be more clear: Dan Kildee was born and raised in mid-Michigan and raised his family here, while his opponent grew up in California and spent 43 years of his life outside Michigan. Dan Kildee is fighting to lower the cost of gas and take on Big Oil price gouging, while his opponent owns $100,000 in ExxonMobil stock and is enriching himself,” said Danya Rafiqi, Kildee’s campaign manager. “Dan Kildee supports women’s reproductive rights, while his opponent wants a total ban on abortion, even in the case of rape and incest. Mid-Michigan knows that Dan Kildee goes to work every day for them and he looks forward to asking voters for their support.”

“I’m from this community and I go to work every day on behalf of mid-Michigan families,” Congressman Kildee said. “I’m not afraid to stand up to anyone, including those in my own party, to do what’s right for the people I represent. I’m focused on fighting inflation and lowering the cost of gas, groceries and prescription drugs. I’ve worked to support our local law enforcement and pass bipartisan legislation, supported by Republicans and Democrats, to reduce crime. And I’ve helped pass new laws, like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the CHIPS and Science Act, to support Michigan jobs and grow our economy. Our campaign is supported by thousands of community volunteers and grassroots donors and I look forward to continuing to talk to voters about the issues most important to them.”