Democrats land ‘top recruit’ for one of their toughest House races

Democrats land ‘top recruit’ for one of their toughest House races

State Sen. Kristen McDonald Rivet declared Wednesday that she was running to succeed her fellow Michigan Democrat, Rep. Dan Kildee, in the swingy 8th Congressional District. This constituency, which is based in the Flint and Tri-Cities areas, favored Joe Biden by a small 50-48 spread in 2020.

The Detroit News writes that party strategists see McDonald Rivet “as a top recruit” they’d hoped to land in the wake of Kildee’s surprise retirement in November. Last year, Democratic consultant Adrian Hemond described her to the Daily Beast as the type of “solidly center-left Democrat” who can “play nice” with the district’s large Catholic electorate, adding, “In terms of people who have a track record of winning tough elections in this area, Kristen McDonald Rivet is probably top of the list.”

McDonald Rivet, who worked in both state government and as a nonprofit leader before joining the Bay City Commission in 2019, did indeed survive a tough election in 2022, when she ran for an open seat in the state Senate.

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