Politics & Government
11:36 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Rep. Gary Peters expected to announce U.S. Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-MI 14, is expected to announce his intention to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

After serving six terms, Michigan Senator Carl Levin announced his retirement earlier this year leaving the seat open.

Todd Spangler of the Detroit Free Press reports that Peters is expected to announce his run tomorrow in Rochester Hills.

A Democratic source told the Free Press on Monday that Peters, who had been widely expected to run, would announce his intentions and visit several other cities around the state — including Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids — this week.

Peters, a 54-year-old Democrat and former state senator and Michigan Lottery commissioner, is in his third term in Congress, winning in the new Detroit-based 14th Congressional District in 2012, even though he lives outside it in Bloomfield Township. In his two previous terms, he represented the 9th District based in Oakland County.

Republicans say they have a "great opportunity" to take the Senate seat.

These Republicans names have been mentioned in a potential run for the seat:

  • Justin Amash
  • Dave Camp
  • John Engler
  • Terri Lynn Land
  • Pete Lund
  • Randy Richardville
  • Mike Rogers
  • Fred Upton

And these Democrats:

  • Gary Peters
  • Jocelyn Benson
  • Hansen Clarke
  • Geoffrey Fieger
  • Mark Hackel
  • Mark Schauer

The last time a Republican won a Senate seat in Michigan was in 1994 with Spencer Abraham.

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