Democrats Unite in Push For 8th District Seat

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Democratic candidates in Michigan's eighth congressional district are gearing up for a fight in November.

Not even 24 hours after the polls closed in Tuesday's primary, they united in an effort to win Mike Rogers' seat in congress. Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing will face Republican Mike Bishop in November. Bishop has already been endorsed by Rogers.

Wednesday afternoon, Democratic leaders from the district gathered for a unity lunch at Sir Pizza in Lansing's Old Town. They said that they're determined to elect Schertzing to congress, to defend policies that will grow the middle class. This was the second campaign stop for Schertzing today after an early morning in Detroit. Democrat and Ingham County Register of Deeds, Curtis Hertel, Jr., will fight for State Senator Gretchen Whitmer's seat.

"What we need to do in November is what we did in the primary," Hertel said. "We knocked 28 thousand doors in the primary. We're going to get back on those doors in a couple weeks, keep talking to voters, find out what they care about and express our values and I think it will be, turn out the same way."

Schertzing was with Hertel going door to door this past month. He said that the party needs to work together to rally the most support possible.

"We're going to reach out and build the campaign into the winning structure the Democrats need in November," Schertzing said. "The entire ticket is unified with Mark Schauer and Gary Peters and all of the state party efforts are going to come together and motivate voters to turn out."