Republicans looking at state board member to possibly run against Slotkin

As Republicans continue to look for a candidate to run against first-term U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, in the 8th Congressional District, a new name has been added to the mix: State Board of Education member Nikki Snyder, R-Dexter.

Lansing news service MIRS is reporting that Snyder is “seriously considering” a run, with an announcement possibly coming as soon as this week. Snyder was talking up her possible candidacy during the Michigan Republican Party’s Mackinac Leadership Conference over the weekend.

Nikki Snyder

Snyder (no relation to former Gov. Rick Snyder) won a statewide election in 2016, when she earned her first term on the State Board of Education. The Republican is a registered nurse from Dexter who is an adjunct faculty member at Washtenaw Community College and the University of Detroit Mercy.

It’s unclear whether she currently lives in the 8th Congressional District. Snyder has a Dexter address, and most of Dexter is in Washtenaw County, which is is outside the district. Congressional candidates aren’t required to live in the district in which they’re running, but it’s highly likely that if she doesn’t currently live in the district, she’ll move here.

The 8th Congressional District includes all of Livingston and Ingham counties, along with northern Oakland County. Slotkin ended 18 years of Republican representation in the district when she defeated Republican incumbent Mike Bishop in 2018. The district still has a slight Republican base, and Republicans on the national level are very eager to win it back.

With health care already a main national election topic, having a registered nurse as a candidate could be hugely appealing for the GOP.

According to MIRS, Bishop is still looking at possibly running again, but told Republicans on Mackinac that he really “doesn’t want to run.”

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