Two Republicans throw hats into Congressional ring to challenge Slotkin

There are now two Republicans who will be battling it out for the chance to take on U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, for the 8th Congressional seat, which covers all of Livingston and Ingham counties, as well as northern Oakland County.

Not long after we reported that the national GOP was courting Meghan Reckling, chairperson of the Livingston County Republican Party, to run against Slotkin, two people who had been mulling runs quickly announced their plans to do just that.

As we reported as a possibility in September, Republican Nikki Snyder, a member of the state Board of Education, wants to challenge Slotkin.

And as we also reported, Howell Realtor Mike Detmer has made the leap from running for a state House seat to instead running for Congress.

Slotkin broke the 18-year Republican hold on that Congressional seat by bumping off Republican Mike Bishop in 2018.

According to news reports, Snyder, 35, who moved to Dexter (which is not in the 8th District) from Hamburg Township (which is in the district) two years ago, said she would “probably move back (into the district) if elected.” It is legal to run for a congressional seat without residing in the district.

In a release, Detmer said that the decision to run for Congress isn’t something he and his family takes lightly.

“We know we are in a war for the heart, soul and ultimate success of the people of Michigan,” Detmer said. “My family and I are just like many people in Michigan and across this country. We have had to overcome the same struggles that have resulted from many ineffective and failed policies from Washington, D.C.

“One the past 10 months as a state representative candidate, together with many people from around the area and state, we have crafted and rolled out an aggressive platform of common sense ideas to strengthen Michigan, along with a level of accessibility that is unheard of in politics today. … It has become clear that our mission of common sense ideas, accessibility and energy will be better utilized in a much bigger arena to do the most good for the people of Michigan and the people of the United States.”

Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, announced via Twitter that $500,000 has already been raised to back an opponent to Slotkin, who announced today that she raised more than $800,000, making for a total of over $2.1 million.

A Slotkin spokesperson released this statement: “Rep. Slotkin brings a mission-focus to the issues affecting Michiganders every day: lowering the cost of prescription drugs and healthcare, protecting access to clean water, and bringing decency and integrity back to our politics.

“Rep. Slotkin has put country before party throughout her life of service, first in Iraq with the CIA, serving under both President Bush and President Obama, and now in Congress. Slotkin will continue to be an independent voice for Michiganders in Congress.

“The Congresswoman looks forward to a positive campaign, with a healthy debate on the issues.”

The primary election will take place on Aug. 4, 2020.

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