State Sen. Mike Kowall (R-Mich.) announced this week that he filed paperwork to run in GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s district.
McCotter is running for president, leaving a slight possibility that the 11th district could be an open seat next year. But state Republicans view a McCotter presidential bid as a long shot, forcing a potential primary match between Kowall and the incumbent.
Kowall noted in his announcement that he is a small-business owner and worked as a state Representative and township supervisor before serving in the state Senate.
Republicans in the state Legislature recently passed a map that makes McCotter’s district safer for the GOP, although still potentially competitive for Democrats. Democrats have suggested two-term Rep. Gary Peters (D), who was moved into the same district as 15-term Rep. Sander Levin (D) under the new map, could potentially run for the 11th district seat.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.