Michigan: Democrat Declares for Open 3rd District Seat

Posted March 22, 2010 at 6:36pm

Another Democrat has entered the race for the nomination in Michigan’s 3rd district, an open-seat contest to pick a successor to Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R), who is retiring.

First-time candidate Patrick Miles Jr. announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, pitching himself to voters as an outsider, and touting his experience as “a business lawyer helping small, family-owned businesses start, grow, and create jobs in West Michigan.”

Already in the race for that nomination is former Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue (D).

The Republican field is much more crowded.

GOP contenders include first-term state Rep. Justin Amash, state Sen. Bill Hardiman, former Kent County Commissioner Steven Heacock and Air Force veteran Bob Overbeek.