ESCANABA – U.S. Senate hopeful Congressman Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, was greeted with a snowstorm as he began a swing Thursday through the Upper Peninsula. He met with supporters at Bobaloon’s Cafe in Escanaba before heading to Iron Mountain.
The Democratic candidate continues to lag behind Republican Terri Lynn Land. A recent poll by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA shows Land leading Peters 41 to 38 percent.
Peters says getting out and meeting people is the way he plans to win.
“I think what it takes to win is getting out in the community and talking with people so they know I take this job very seriously,” he said. “I think it is very important that people say I want a U.S. Senator who is not only in Washington but when they are in Michigan that there are here in Escanaba and hearing directly from folks in the Upper Peninsula. And when you hear what folks are says here that you be a vigorous advocate for them in Washington D.C.”
Peters says he is hearing that people are concerned about jobs and the economy. He wants to be able to focus on where jobs can be created.
On Friday, Peters visited the Timber Products Company and Iron Mountain Power Sports in Iron Mountain before heading to Marquette for the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Races.
Saturday, he will meet with the Keweenaw Bay College Board of Regents and Keweenaw Bay Community Tribal Council, tour L’Anse Manufacturing and Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center and Smart Zone. He will stop in Munising Sunday and Sault Ste. Marie on Monday. He ends with a small business lunch in St. Ignace Monday.