District 5: Flint’s Rep. Kildee defeats Al Hardwick

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee won a third term in Congress on Tuesday, defeating Al Hardwick, R-Davison, in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District.

Congressman Dan Kildee addresses the crowd at the Michigan Democratic election night event at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit.

Unofficial returns showed Kildee leading Hardwick by a margin of 61 percent to 35 percent, with 68 percent of precincts reporting.

Kildee has focused on getting federal aid for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis, which House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has promised to get settled with the U.S. Senate before the end of the year.

Since first taking office in 2013, he spent time fighting for the release of Amir Hekmati, a former Marine who was jailed by the Iranian government in August 2011 on vague spying charges when visiting relatives in the country.

Hekmati was among four American prisoners exchanged for four Iranians, the commutation of the sentences of three others and hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. cash.

Kildee is also weighing a run for governor in 2018. His decision on whether to run will ultimately come down to what role he thinks gives him the best chance to pursue a “big and bold” agenda for Michigan, he told The Detroit News during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in late July.