Former state Rep. Gary McDowell (D-Mich.) wants a rematch with freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R) in the Upper Peninsula regionís 1st district.
McDowell announced Wednesday that heís seeking the seat again after losing to Benishek by 11 points last November.
ďCongressman Benishek went to Washington and just forgot about Northern Michigan and the UP,Ē McDowell said in a statement from his campaign. ďAnd thatís the problem ó nobody is doing whatís right for the country or looking out for people who have to work for a living here in Northern Michigan.Ē
Michigan Republicans passed a new Congressional map earlier this year that made the 1st district slightly safer for Benishek. The new district was shifted to the western part of the state but still covers the large northern territory along Michiganís Great Lakes coastline.
The district leans Republican; however, former Rep. Bart Stupak (D) easily held on to the seat for nine terms.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.