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      Patrick Kennedy campaigns in Flint for Dan Kildee

      Supporters of Dan Kildee filled the reception hall at UAW Region 1-C on Thursday.

      Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, spoke to supporters of Dan Kildee at UAW Region 1-C in Flint Thursday night.

      "I think they'll be very happy when they learn more about Dan and they'll want him to serve them just as they long supported his uncle in this seat," said Kennedy, who served in the U.S House of Representatives from 1995-2011.

      Dan is running for the 5th District Seat in the U.S Congress, a seat currently held by his uncle Dale.

      Dale Kildee has decided to retire at the end of his current term.

      He's been in office since 1976.

      "I'm more excited that we've got a room full of people out there. We've got a thousand people that have made small contributions to this campaign. I'll take that any day over a campaign war chest funded by just a handful of folks," said Dan, before taking the stage at the UAW Region 1-C.

      Dan is a former Genesee County treasurer and is currently the president of the Center for Community Progress.

      He is the only democrat to enter the race for the 5th congressional seat.

      Former democrat Jim Slezak is running as a republican.