candidate http://michiganradio.org en Hoekstra says he'll decide Senate run within 2 weeks http://michiganradio.org/post/hoekstra-says-hell-decide-senate-run-within-2-weeks <p>Former West Michigan Congressman <a href="http://www.petehoekstra.com/">Pete Hoekstra</a> says he will decide within the next two weeks whether to launch a 2012 Senate run, the Grand Rapids Press <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/03/michigan_republican_chairmans.html">reports</a>. The U.S. Senate seat is currently held by Democrat <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabenow</a>. Stabenow has held the seat since 2000. From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/03/michigan_republican_chairmans.html">Grand Rapid Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Hoekstra, who lost a bruising Republican gubernatorial primary in 2010 and left Congress after nine terms, has consistently performed well in polls in hypothetical head-to-head matchups with Stabenow.</p></blockquote><p>The only Republican to declare candidacy for the seat so far is Randy Hekman, a former Kent County judge. He <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/first-republican-announces-candidacy-against-us-senator-debbie-stabenow">announced his candidacy earlier this month</a>. Heckman is <a href="http://www.crossroads-biblegr.org/staff.html">pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in Grand Rapids</a>, CEO of&nbsp; research consulting firm Hekman Industries.&nbsp;He directed and helped start the <a href="http://www.michiganfamily.org/index.html">Michigan Family Forum</a>; a conservative non-profit group that tries to influence state policy. He served in the Navy, is an attorney and sat on the bench in Kent County probate court for 15 years.</p><p>Other <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/term/saul-anuzis">possible GOP candidates</a> for the Senate seat include former Secretary of State <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110130/POLITICS02/101300315/Ex-SOS-Land-considering-challenging-Stabenow-in-2012">Terri Lynn Land</a> and former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party <a href="http://www.thatssaulfolks.com/">Saul Anuzis</a>. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:56:07 +0000 Zoe Clark 1826 at http://michiganradio.org Hoekstra says he'll decide Senate run within 2 weeks