East Lansing, Mich. (WILX) Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing held off a strong challenge from Central Michigan University Professor Susan Grettenberger to win the democratic primary for Michigan's 8th congressional district.
"I've got a proven track record of rolling up my sleeves and working here in Ingham County and working hard on behalf of all the folks I represent," said Schertzing late Tuesday night. "I think that's very attractive and that's what people are looking for in their elected officials: somebody that they can hire that's going to go to work for them."
Schertzing cited his work as treasurer, including creating the Ingham County Land Bank, as part of the reason he was able to eke out a victory.
Schertzing won with 43 percent of the vote to Grettenberger's 38. Lawyer Jeff Hank and economist Ken Darga finished with 10 percent of the vote.
"Primaries are always a nervous thing for candidates," Schertzing said.
"You don't take them for granted by any means, you want to be prepared, then the waiting starts."
Next up for Schertzing is the Nov. 4 general election, where he will try to defeat Mike Bishop and win a seat no Democrat has held since 2000.
"We're going to do what is necessary to communicate the Democratic values which include protecting Medicare and Social Security, equal pay for equal work, rebuilding our infrastructure," he said.
Grettenberger said she was happy with her campaign's performance and hopes the Democrats can retake the 8th district in a few months.
"It's going to take a lot of hard work," she said. "It's going to take a lot of money and I think it's going to take somebody who's really going to be sincere with voters who's able to present themselves as somebody who's trustworthy and someone they can count on."