NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - A Democrat and Negaunee native has announced his bid to challenge Republican Rep. Jack Bergman in 2020.
Dana Ferguson says he has filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for Michigan's 1st Congressional District and is in the process of collecting signatures to be placed on the ballot.
He's the first Democrat to publicly announce his candidacy in this race for November 2020. If more than one Democrat qualifies for the ballot, there will be a primary in August 2020.
Ferguson graduated from Negaunee High School in 1997. He received his Bachelor's in Economics and his Master's in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. While going to school and raising a family, he worked primarily in the construction field.
"Having a family to take care of and bills to pay, faced with a poor job market and not wanting to move, I ended up staying in the construction field," said Ferguson. "My struggles have made me who I am today. They have taught me to stay positive no matter what. I wouldn't change anything about my past. The challenges I've faced have made me stronger, smarter, and more in tune with those I want to represent."
TV6 News was told Thursday, that Rep. Bergman is running for re-election in 2020. He's also filed with the Federal Election Commission, but has yet to start collecting petition signatures.
Rep. Bergman was first elected to Congress in 2016 and re-elected in 2018.