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.
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.