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Suzanna Shkreli

Suzanna Shkreli
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Suzanna Shkreli is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan's 8th District as the Democrat candidate.

(Scroll below to see all the Michigan Radio stories she's been mentioned in.)

As part of our election coverage, we asked all the major-party candidates running for Congress the same questions.

4 Questions for Suzanna Shkreli:

1) What is the most important issue facing your district?

Everywhere I go in Michigan’s 8th District, I hear the same concern: there’s a lack of good-paying jobs for middle-class families.  We need a representative who will put partisan politics aside and fight for an agenda that moves middle-class families forward and creates good-paying jobs here in Michigan.

2) How do you plan to address it?

The first thing we can do to create jobs is to block unfair trade deals that ship our existing jobs overseas. Michigan, in particular, has suffered tremendous job and industry losses because of NAFTA, which cost Michigan more than 210,000 manufacturing jobs. I do not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it would repeat the same mistakes. In Congress, I will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and will fight for trade deals that are fair to American workers.  As someone who grew up working in my family’s diner in Oakland County, I also know that small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and have a vital role in our economic recovery. In Congress, I will work to keep taxes low for small business owners and cut back red tape and bureaucracy that makes it harder for entrepreneurs to create jobs.

3) What book or movie have you seen/read recently that you would recommend

I love the “Game of Thrones” series by George R. R. Martin. After spending my days in the courtroom, I like to decompress at home by reading. The books, in my opinion, are better than the TV series.  

4) If you don't win the election, what will you do?

Should I not win this election, I will continue my work as a prosecutor, taking on the tough fights to protect women and children and keep dangerous predators off the streets.

Suzanna Shkreli, the Democratic Party's candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District.
Suzanna Shkreli / Facebook

The race in the 8th Congressional District has been interesting this year.

First, Melissa Gilbert, the former child star of TV’s Little House on the Prairie, became the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Mike Bishop. Then, Gilbert dropped out and the Democrats had to pick a new candidate. They chose a Macomb County assistant prosecutor, Suzanna Shkreli.

Shkreli joined Stateside to talk about her campaign and what she hopes to bring to the voters in the 8th District

Left: SUZANNA SHKRELI FOR CONGRESS/FACEBOOK Right: mikebishop.house.gov / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

President Obama is endorsing Democratic candidates for Congress, and a Michigan candidate is among them.

The president publicly endorsed 30 Congressional candidates Monday, including the 8th District’s Suzanna Shkreli.

Shkreli was a late addition to the ballot after actress Melissa Gilbert withdrew for health reasons in late May. She is hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Bishop.

Shkreli says she thinks her focus on working class families grabbed the president’s attention.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s sagging poll numbers in Michigan may be behind a surprising rise in TV ad buys in one state congressional race.

Suzanna Shkreli will officially appear on the ballot

Aug 24, 2016
Suzanna Shkreli, the Democratic Party's candidate for Michigan's 8th Congressional District.
Suzanna Shkreli / Facebook

She is the underdog in the eighth district congressional race, but Suzanna Shkreli is happy to be officially on the ballot. Shkreli will replace Melissa Gilbert as the democrat on the ballot. Gilbert dropped out of the race citing health reasons. Shkreli is running against incumbent Republican Mike Bishop. Shkreli says nothing will change in her campaign now that she's on the ballot.  "I'm excited to finally be officially announced, however, nothing changes," she says.

Left: SUZANNA SHKRELI FOR CONGRESS/FACEBOOK Right: mikebishop.house.gov / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Democrats in Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District have no way of knowing yet who they’ll be casting a ballot for in November. The district includes northern Oakland County, Livingston County, and Ingham County.