1st Congressional District

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An opportunity to get to know your new representative. Guest host Walt Lindala and media guest TV6 anchor Greg Trick ask the congressman about health care, veterans, and other issues important to Michigan’s 1st District.

MARQUETTE, MI-- Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and Iraq veteran Matt Morgan is running as a 

Democrat for Michigan's 1st District seat, currently held by Representative Jack Bergman. He sat down with WNMU-FM News Director Nicole Walton to talk about his candidacy.

A Traverse City Democrat has announced his candidacy for Michigan's 1st Congressional District. Forty-five year old Morgan most recently served in the Marine Corps. Public Radio 90 News Director Nicole Walton recently spoke to him about his platform.

UNDATED--   The race for president, 14 U.S. House seats, two Michigan Supreme Court justice posts and control of the 110-member Michigan House are at stake in the election. 

The spotlight Tuesday is on the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Both candidates and their surrogates have campaigned for the state's 16 electoral votes.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Retiring Congressman Dan Benishek is endorsing Republican state Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba to succeed him.  

Benishek threw his support behind Casperson on Thursday morning, just as former state Sen. Jason Allen of Traverse City was announcing his candidacy for the GOP nomination.

Allen and Casperson are running in Michigan's 1st Congressional district, which includes all the Upper Peninsula and the northern section of the Lower Peninsula.

Benishek defeated Allen by 15 votes in the Republican primary for the seat in 2010.

Johnson running against Benishek

Jun 26, 2015
Regina H. Boone / Detroit Free Press

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson is resigning so he can run against Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek in Michigan's 1st Congressional District. 

Johnson formally announced his candidacy Thursday night at the Marquette County Democrats' summer picnic in Ishpeming. The 44-year-old has a residence in Kalkaska County east of Traverse City.

The competitive 1st District includes the entire Upper Peninsula and all or part of 17 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Dem party chair might run for Congress

Jun 23, 2015

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson says he might run for Congress in Northern Michigan. 

“A number of people people have asked me to consider running for Congress,” he says. “I am considering it.”

Johnson would like to challenge incumbent Republican Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls). Benishek announced recently he’d intends to seek a fourth term, despite a pledge to serve no more than three terms.

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  Incumbent 1st District Congressman Dan Benishek discusses important issues facing voters in the upcoming election. Rep. Benishek's challenger, Jerry Cannon, was interviewed with a similar set of questions on our October 25-26 program.

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Jerry Cannon, Democratic Candidate for US Congress in Michigan's 1st Congressional District, answers questions about issues of interest to voters.