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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.