Rep. Slotkin connects with Oakland County voters on ‘August in the 8th’ tour

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August 11, 2020

CLARKSTON, Mich. – Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) today held a hybrid live-and-online event reaching out to voters in Clarkston, Independence and Springfield townships as part of a district-wide “August in the 8th” tour using technology to safely engage with constituents in swing-voter communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We may not be able to gather the way we’d like to, but I still owe it to the voters of the 8th District to reach out to them, hear their concerns and answer their questions,” Slotkin said. “We need new campaign tactics for an unprecedented time to connect with voters and make the positive, affirmative case to them headed into November.

“It’s exciting to make those connections and talk about the issues that matter to our district: addressing the health and economic impact of COVID-19; lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs; preserving protections for those with pre-existing conditions; protecting our lakes and streams and drinking water; and working to return civility and decency to politics.”

Tuesday’s event included a small, socially distanced in-person crowd gathering outdoors at Depot Park in downtown Clarkston, with every attendee submitting to temperature checks and providing information for contact tracing. The event was live streamed to an audience of 100 recruited from Clarkston and surrounding Independence and Springfield townships.

Appearing with Slotkin was 8th District Resident and small business owner Jim McGrath. McGrath is a lifelong Republican, but after watching attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and its protections for pre-existing conditions, joined Slotkin’s campaign as a volunteer in 2018.

“Elissa is data-driven. She looks at the numbers. She looks at the facts. I think her years and service to the country as a CIA analyst really come though,” McGrath said. “When she’s looking at problems to solve, she’s looking at the data. And she’s going to go where the data says we should go. And I think in Washington today, that’s sorely missing.” 

Slotkin plans events throughout August across the 8th District, targeting swing-voter communities that have traditionally leaned Republican.

“We won in 2018 by reaching out to voters across the political spectrum and making the case for leadership that puts country before party,” Slotkin said. “Our challenge is to broaden that outreach in 2020.”

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