News 12 speaks with Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill

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Democrats are trying to flip the congressional seat in District 11 blue for the first time in decades.

Candidate Mikie Sherrill is looking to fill retiring Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen's seat, and after a resounding win in the primary, she thinks she can do it.

"The question was are these new engaged voters going to make it to the polls, and they did in incredible numbers and so it was really wonderful," Sherril said.

As a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, Sherril said she was inspired to run because she was frustrated that Frelinghuysen wouldn't hold town hall meetings. She said she also felt her values were under attack by the Trump administration.

Sherrill and her opponent Republican assemblyman Jay Webber both say the economy is the biggest concern among voters.

Webber says residents of the district want to see more jobs in an economy that's already booming because of the White House. Sherrill says the federal tax plan and threat to Obamacare have hurt the district and so has Webber's support of those policies.

Seton Hall professor Matt Hale says the race in District 11 is different than many other races playing out across the country.

"We'll see other races where its progressive versus moderate and a bunch of different machinations but in the 11th it’s a centrist Democratic versus a conservative Republican," Hale said.

News 12 spoke with Webber on Wednesday. His interview can be found here.

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