U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and Haley Stevens (D-Mich.), both first elected in 2018, recently completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. Both candidates are running in uncontested primaries, meaning it is likely they will be the Democratic nominees in their respective general elections.
Slotkin and Stevens are two of the 30 House Democrats representing Districts that voted for Donald Trump (R) in 2016.
In the 8th Congressional District, Slotkin defeated incumbent Mike Bishop (R) 51-47% in 2018. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton (D) 51-44% in 2016.
In the 11th Congressional District, Stevens defeated Lena Epstein (R) 52-45% in 2018. Trump defeated Clinton 50-45% in 2016.
Ballotpedia asks all federal, state, and local candidates to complete a survey so voters can discover what motivates them on political and personal levels.
One question in the survey asks candidates to list three key messages of their campaigns. Here is one response from each candidate.
Slotkin: “I am focused on the issues my constituents ask me about the most: The price of health care and prescription drugs; protecting the water in our lakes and streams and coming out of our taps; creating good jobs and economic opportunity; and bringing some decency and civility to politics.”
Stevens: “Haley Stevens worked with Republicans and Democrats to deliver for Michigan’s manufacturing economy by passing the USMCA and the American Manufacturing Leadership Act, legislation she authored to promote innovation and close the skills gap.”
So far in 2020, Ballotpedia is covering 3,589 candidates for federal legislative offices. Of those candidates, 1,071 have completed a Candidate Connection survey, roughly 30 percent.
Read Slotkin’s full survey responses here.
Read Stevens’ full survey responses here.