Mike Detmer, who announced earlier this year that he was running in the Republican primary in order to challenge U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin in the general election, has changed his mind: he is going to take on state Sen. Lana Theis in the 2022 Republican primary.
At the present, Theis represents Michigan’s 22nd State Senate District, which includes all of Livingston County and western Washtenaw County; it’s unclear where the district lines will end up after the redistricting process concludes.
Detmer is a controversial candidate who ran unsuccessfully in the 2020 GOP primary for the 8th Congressional District; posted a photo of himself with a member of the Proud Boys in the background; and ran unsuccessfully for state rep in 1998, when he lived in the Rochester/Troy area.
In a Facebook post in which he announces his candidacy, Detmer foreshadows a looming political battle:
“The battle lines are being drawn folks and the long knives are out,” he wrote in the post. “For those few who are angry with what’s coming, I just want you to know…it’s not personal. But we the people politely encouraged you to do the right things. You were politely warned. You ignored us. And now, …well, you have a fight on your hands.”
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