Benishek wins GOP race

DETROIT (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek has defeated challenger Alan Arcand in the 1st District primary covering northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Benishek will face retired National Guard general and sheriff Jerry Cannon in November. Cannon had no Democratic primary opponent.

Benishek, a former surgeon from Crystal Falls, is seeking re-election to a third two-year term in Congress. The 1st District is typically considered one of the most competitive general elections in the state.

Arcand, a military veteran, owns an auto repair business in Iron Mountain. He criticized Benishek for not being conservative enough, while Benishek pledged to focus on job creation, develop an affordable “patient-centered” health care system and help veterans.

“As a former doctor from the U.P. I never thought I would run for Congress, but representing Northern Michigan has been a privilege and I am honored to have the support of so many around this great district,” Benishek said. “I want to thank everyone for their support and for giving me the honor of running again this fall to continue working for them and their families.”

“Washington needs a dose of common-sense so we can enact reforms that strengthen the economy and bring jobs back to northern Michigan,” he said. “I’m committed to do that and ensuring our children and grandchildren have their chance at the American Dream, like many of us did growing up.”