For nearly half a century, John Dingell (D-Ann Arbor) has served
in the U.S. House of Representatives and will most likely continue
to do so, as he is heavily favored to win Tuesday’s
congressional race after gaining 77 percent of the vote in the
August primaries.

Dingell will face Republican Dawn Reamer, a 29-year-old attorney
from Huron Township. Reamer said she will continue in the race
despite knowing that it will more than likely go to Dingell.

As a Democratic candidate for a heavily Democratic district,
Dingell’s stance on issues ranging from environmental policy
to race-based admissions has been received well by the 15th
district.

Dingell said he is anxious to get the House back from the
Republicans to run things the right way.

On Iraq, Dingell voiced reservations last year about the way the
President Bush had chosen to go to war.

“Preemptive, unilateral military action without
international support remains gravely troubling. … It will
also mean that the United States will bear the costs of the war,
the occupation and the reconstruction of Iraq alone,” he
said. But Dingell added that Americans should support its
troops.

His stance on the Arab-Israeli conflict has been to call on the
president to actively pursue peace in the region. Bush announced
early in his presidency that he would not deal with Yasser Arafat,
the president of the Palestinian Authority, citing his ties with
terrorism.

Dingell has also opposed Bush administration initiatives such as
the Patriot Act, voting against it in 2001. He added that he would
also like to end the No Child Left Behind Act, a broad education
initiative the president enacted in 2002 that links school funding
to standardizing tests results. The act has drawn criticism from
some teachers who say the government has under-funded it.

Dingell remains, like many Democrats, a strong opponent of
Bush’s tax cuts and said he would also like to see an end to
the outsourcing of jobs.

Last year, when the U.S Supreme Court ruled against LSA’s
system of awarding points to applicants based on race, but allowed
the use of race-conscious admissions, Dingell hailed the decision
as a victory. He has since worked to oppose the Michigan Civil
Rights Initiative that aims to end all considerations of race in
Michigan’s public sector. “The threat of affirmative
action repeal is ruining our campuses,” he said of the
initiative.

Dingell receives some of his highest interest-group ratings from
environment and civil rights groups. He also received an
“A+” from the National Rifle Association this year.
Dingell has been a gun-rights advocate and did not support a
renewal of the assault weapons ban last month.

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