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Some people who were running for office this year

by: Eric B.

Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 09:17:16 AM EDT


Via a Facebook announcement, John Barker has dropped out of the 4th Congressional District race in favor of an Alma physician named Jeff Knowles. It's still not a race Democrats are going to win, but at least I have the memory of Barker ambushing me with a nominating petition while I was reading in my front lawn.

Update! ... From Gongwer.

Sen. Bert Johnson announced this morning that he will seek re-election to his Senate seat, dropping out of the still crowded field for the 14th U.S. House District.

“As a state senator, I represent communities that are being harmed each day by the destructive policies pushed out of Lansing,” Mr. Johnson (D-Detroit) said in a statement. “Recognizing this, I have decided to seek reelection to the Michigan Senate in order to continue serving as a voice for my constituents, to stand firmly against the ongoing assault on hardworking Michiganders, and to continue building on the legislative successes I have achieved during two terms in the House of Representatives and one term in the Senate.”

Stay tuned for further developments.

 

Eric B. :: Some people who were running for office this year
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Let's be honest. (0.00 / 0)
I wish some of these politicians would just be honest and say why they are no longer running for Congress. Both Gregory and Bert got in many months ago, but have failed to gain any momentum at all.

They both realize it is between Lawrence and Hobbs.

I know this happens quite a bit in politics, I guess I just have a moral issue with it. These candidates are raising money from across the Congressional District, and then turning around and running in their smaller Senate district if things don't look good.

I believe there really isn't a substantial candidate for Bert's Senate District (which seems a little suspicious), so it will be good to have him back in the Senate rather than nothing.


Well, (0.00 / 0)
in a poll released by Lawrence, Johnson was only a point behind Hobbs, so I don't think Hobbs is much of a factor.  

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Hobbs (0.00 / 0)
"In a poll released by Lawrence." I do think Lawrence is the front runner, but I think Hobbs has shown that he can raise money (almost $275,000 by December) and seems to have a coordinated ground game. His base being in Southfield where Lawrence is Mayor will hurt him, but I wouldn't count him out.


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I wonder if there are other polls out there? (0.00 / 0)
Worthwhile question. I'd imagine that Hobbs has already conducted polling of his own, considering those resources you referenced.

I am interested to find out the impact of Hansen Clarke possibly making it onto the ballot as well.

Great Lakes, Great Times.


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Yeah, (0.00 / 0)
obviously released by her would be more biased than a third-party poll. That being said, she was way out front. She hasn't won anything other than Southfield mayor, but she (I assume) is too smart to waste resources on a massively flawed poll just to show her up big on her opponents. That could fool the public, but that's not what that poll was about. It was to prove viability and court donors.  

I think she was in the mid-20s and Hobbs/Johnson were at 7 and 6, if I recall correctly. It was also conducted a week before Johnson had entered the race, even though speculation was rampant that he would.

I've heard Hobbs has spent a LOT of his money. While he'll probably still be financially sound at the next reporting, it can't be good to have spent so much and still be so far behind. Of course, I'd also like to see a more recent poll, too!  


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Um.. (0.00 / 0)
I don't think someone (Lawrence) that shows up to a Union event in a Honda, is going to go anywhere. Also lot of people I've talked to sitting on the endorsement boards, have said that they are shying away from endorsing at all, or favoring Hobbs, because "Lawrence can't say what she has done, and just name drops."

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Um.. (0.00 / 0)
I don't think someone (Lawrence) that shows up to a Union event in a Honda, is going to go anywhere. Also lot of people I've talked to sitting on the endorsement boards, have said that they are shying away from endorsing at all, or favoring Hobbs, because "Lawrence can't say what she has done, and just name drops."

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Hobbs (0.00 / 0)
...had a press release today where he stated that he raised over $100,000 this past quarter (doesn't seem overly impressive). However, what is interesting is that he earned the endorsement of the Southfield City Council President, as well as 3 other councilmembers. With the other two, staying neutral, Lawrence will have 0 endorsements from her own City Council.

This leads me to believe that maybe she isn't the greatest person to work with. I believe she has been mayor for around 13 years, and no one on the City Council wants to endorse her?

Plus, we shouldn't discount the Levin brothers endorsements of him. Sander obviously has been a staple in Oakland County for many years.


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Sylvia Jordan (4.00 / 2)
ran against the Mayor in 2009. She also was the Republican nominee for State Representative against Paul Condino in 2002, if I recall the year correctly.  

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Is Glenn Anderson still interested in running for MI-14? (0.00 / 0)
Or for any other office for that matter?  I haven't seen his name anywhere for months.

Glenn Anderson (0.00 / 0)
Anderson's base is Western Wayne County (especially Garden City) which is in the 13th (Conyers).

When Anderson ran for it last year, I could see him hoping that he would run, get his name out there more, and then hope Conyers would retire this year since he is termed out of the Senate.

If Conyers decides to retire next year (my guess is he wants one term as the Dean of the House), Anderson could still have a decent chance if he ends up being the only one from that area (Garden City, Westland, Wayne, Dearborn Heights, Redford) and a bunch of candidates from Detroit run and split the vote.

Just what I think though.  


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Jeff Hank (0.00 / 0)
Apparently, Some Dude East Lansing attorney Jeff Hank has been circulating petitions in downtown Lansing for a run for MI-08:

A new face is also getting in for the Democrats. Jeff Hank is an attorney who has been collecting signatures downtown Lansing. Hank is a Democrat who lives in East Lansing and has a law firm in Lansing.

Hank, 32, told MLive that he is running to help "restore greatness to the country."

"We get so caught up in this negativity and political posturing I don't think politics are addressing the core interest of the people: that's a better quality of life, that's good roads, good education, health care its our privacy, our civil liberties," Hank said Friday. "Instead it's just a bunch of political dinosaurs fighting over the wrong battles."

So...Meh.  I can't find any additional information on him, no website or facebook or much of anything.


Never trust a man with two first names (0.00 / 0)
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8th District (4.00 / 5)
MiddleGrandGuy and Eric B- I'm the dude that's collecting signatures in the 8th District. I just joined Michigan Liberal although I've perused it throughout the years. I haven't officially declared yet but my website, votehank.org should have the shell up today, and there is a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages... for the campaign also. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how this District can be won and assuming I get the signatures done over the next few days I'll be declaring soon. Best,

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Start by changing your name... (4.00 / 3)
I'd recommend Hank Scorpio. Or Max Power.

Also, don't grow a porn 'stache. Don't even get me started on that one.

Seriously, if you run, good luck. There are people down in your neck of the woods who are better positioned to offer advice on how to win the 8th than me. I'm a lot better at cracking wise.

Among the Trees


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Thanks (0.00 / 0)
Thanks for posting, and good luck.  I'll go check out the facebook page.

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The GOP primary for the 13th State Senate District has become even more crowded (0.00 / 0)
In addition to Knollenberg, McMillin, a "some guy" and a "some Gui," Rocky Raczkowski has also filed.  What a train wreck in the making!  Meanwhile, no one has yet submitted their petitions for the 8th CD.  Now I can see why McMillin might jump out of the Senate race.

As for our side, so far it's just Fishman.  Nothing yet from Peltonen with five days to go.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!


The GOP primary for the 13th State Senate District has become even more crowded (0.00 / 0)
In addition to Knollenberg, McMillin, a "some guy" and a "some Gui," Rocky Raczkowski has also filed.  What a train wreck in the making!  Meanwhile, no one has yet submitted their petitions for the 8th CD.  Now I can see why McMillin might jump out of the Senate race.

As for our side, so far it's just Fishman.  Nothing yet from Peltonen with five days to go.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!


Oops. (0.00 / 0)
Sorry about the double post.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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Fishman (0.00 / 0)
Seems like a solid candidate. I don't have much hope of him winning this election in that district and being brand new to the scene. But him being a moderate Dem. as well as having strong fundraising ability bodes well for him in the future in norther Oakland county.

If Mary Kerwin loses again this time around in the 41st. It would be nice to see Fishman move over to Troy and run for a seat that is definitely winnable for the Dems. He could be the perfect D candidate in that district.  


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Really? (4.00 / 1)
I don't really know this part of the state, but it seems like most Dems are really bullish on his chances of winning the seat.  I thought the big deal around him is that he's a former Republican who will get Democratic votes and with the ability to carve out the center dependent upon who the Republican nominee is.  It's gets kind of difficult if Knollebnerg is the nominee, but it would seem he'd have a really good shot at this seat if the nominee ends up being McMillin or Rocky.

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I agree.. (4.00 / 1)
I do think Fishman has a fighting chance and is probably the best Dem candidate for that district. I just think he has an uphill battle being new to the scene and going up against some strong competition.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Rocky was from Farmington Hills, unless he has moved recently. I do believe McMillin is running for Congress now. (Which although he is pretty right-wing conservative, I think it's good he isn't running because he represents a big part of the district - Rochester and Rochester Hills).

I think Knollenberg would be the toughest competitor being from a city (Troy) that I think could decide the election. A strong dem turnout there could really help Fishman.

Besides for Gui, I think Moss would be the best candidate to take on. He's the former rep from the district Fishman is from and currently lives. Plus he has never been impressive fundraising-wise.

I'm not sure the breakdown of this district, but I do hope Fishman can pull it off. One of the few Senate seats the Dems could steal away.  


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McMillin (0.00 / 0)
Wait, McMillin is running for both the state senate seat and the congressional seat?  I'd thought he'd dropped out of  the state senate race.

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If he dropped out of the state senate race, he hasn't told Ruth Johnson (0.00 / 0)
At the page listing candidates, there is no WITHDRAWN next to his name.  I bet he's waiting until he gets the 1000+ signatures.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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"some Gui" (4.00 / 1)
Made me chuckle!

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Try the veal. (4.00 / 1)
Seriously, it was an obvious joke I hadn't yet seen anyone else make.

Greetings from Detroit, Ground Zero of the post-industrial future!

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