Battle for 65th Heating Up

By: John Tramontana
By: John Tramontana

Republican Incumbent Leslie Mortimer and Democratic Challenger Mike Simpson are fighting for every vote they can. The race for the 65th district is still very much up for grabs and both candidates were out on the campaign trail to scrounge up last second votes.

The main issues was jobs and the economy and both offered their plan to fix the problem.

"I want to make sure our economy is booming," Mortimer said. "We've been working on that for the past two years and I want to continue."

Mortimer says the way to boost the economy is to make Michigan more business friendly.

"We need to make sure it's easy for businesses to get up and running in Michigan and right now it's not."

Mike Simpson ran against Mortimer in 2004 and lost. But this time he's taking a more aggressive approach. Simpson went door to door in the district talking to voters at their homes.

"It's important to talk to people face to face," Simpson said.

Simpson has twice pulled himself from bankruptcy and says his experience in tough times is what Michigan needs.

"Everything that I have I have earned with these two hands and this brain," he said. "Not just once but I had to do it twice and that's the type of leadership we need in Lansing."

Both candidates are predicting victory on Tuesday.

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