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Ferguson to face off against Bergman for U.S. House 1st District seat

Dana Fergusion holds up an “I voted” sticker on Tuesday in Negaunee. Ferguson will square off against Republican incumbent Jack Bergman for the 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 3. (Courtesy photo)

MARQUETTE — Democrat Dana Ferguson will square off against Republican incumbent Jack Bergman for the 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 3.

Ferguson won the Democratic primary in Marquette County on Tuesday with 8,263 votes, while his sole opponent, Linda O’Dell, garnered 2,979 votes during the primary election.

In a press release, Ferguson noted the COVID-19 pandemic forced candidates to “switch to virtually an entirely digital campaign.”

“We have a great team right now,” Ferguson said. “To keep staff, citizens and volunteers safe, the conventional type of political organizing wasn’t an option. We had to adapt…. These are perilous times and we knew we had to accomplish more with less. In this particular race, you’re running blind, so it was our goal to be as transparent and thorough as possible about our vision for the area. We tried to keep the conversation focused on policy, so we took the time to develop a robust platform available to voters. It was a lot of work, but it paid off.”

Ferguson won the overall primary vote, according to preliminary results on The Associated Press website.

The Democratic candidate, who has been focused on union labor, green jobs and a revitalization of infrastructure centered around social issues and environmental sustainability, according to the release, is “prepared to show voters distinctions between Bergman’s voting record and Ferguson’s alternative.”

“We’re confident. No one will outwork us for the seat and we’re prepared to ‘take it home’ for Yoopers and northern Michiganders,” Ferguson said.

Bergman, who is seeking a third two-year term, ran unopposed on Tuesday.

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