Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Michigan AFL-CIO backs 4 incumbent US House Dems

Michigan AFL-CIO backs 4 incumbent US House Dems

The Michigan State AFL-CIO says it has endorsed six Democratic candidates for U.S. House seats.

Those endorsed include four incumbents, among them Gary Peters of Oakland County's Bloomfield Township. Peters' Democratic primary opponents include U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke of Detroit.

The Clarke-Peters contest was set up by redistricting and a loss of one House seat.

Others incumbents getting AFL-CIO backing are Reps. Sander Levin of Royal Oak, John Dingell of Dearborn and John Conyers of Detroit.

The group also is backing Democratic Gary McDowell, who's seeking to unseat Republican Rep. Dan Benishek of Crystal Falls in northern Michigan's 1st District. And it's backing Dan Kildee to succeed his uncle, retiring Rep. Dale Kildee of Flint.

The labor federation says its general board met last Wednesday to make the endorsements.

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