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7th Congressional District

Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The 7th Congressional District in Michigan includes seven counties, including western Washtenaw County.  Republican Tim Walberg, who is currently in his sixth term in Congress, is being challenged for the third time by Democrat Gretchen Driskell, who served two terms in the state House and as the city of Saline's first female mayor for 14 years.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reached out to both candidates to talk about the election.  Only Driskell responded and talks about why she decided to run again and what issues she believes need addressing in Congress.


Former Saline Mayor and State Representative Gretchen Driskell will again try and unseat 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg in November.

Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The former mayor of Saline and two-term State Representative Gretchen Driskell formally announced Wednesday she is running for Congress again in 2018.  She's running for the 7th Congressional District seat against incumbent Tim Wahlberg.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke to Driskell about her campaign announcement.


Gretchen Driskell
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A familiar name is throwing her hat back in the ring for a seat in Congress. 


Tim Walberg
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One of the most contested and most expensive congressional races in Michigan involved a former local mayor of Saline.


Gretchen Driskell
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Former Republican Governor William Milliken is formally endorsing Democratic State Representative Gretchen Driskell.

 

Bob Eccles

Pam Byrnes wants Congressman Tim Walberg to denounce a website she describes as a fake news website, where her record in the 7th Congressional district is being smeared.

Byrnes says the website is typical of what people don't like about what's going on in Washington. 

The Democrat says she's also challenged Walberg to a series of debates.

The election isn't until November of 2014, but Pam Byrnes is working to make in-roads with the 7th Congressional District constituency now.  The former Democratic State Representative is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Tim Walberg.  

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, Byrnes yesterday wrapped up a three-day tour of the seven counties that comprise the 7th district.


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Former Democratic State Representative Pam Byrnes is taking on Republican Tim Walberg for his 7th Congressional District seat this fall.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Byrnes about her background, her campaign, and why she's running.