Potential Republican candidates are beginning emerge in the race to succeed Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.), who announced his retirement Wednesday.State Sens. Bill Hardiman and Mark Jansen; former state Rep. Jerry Kooiman; former state Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema; and attorney Jim Mitchell are all exploring a run. However, former Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus has ruled a campaign out.Hardiman, Jansen, Kooiman and Mitchell all told CQ-Roll Call they plan on making a decision in the next few days or weeks.
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.