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Politics & Government
Welcome to Michigan Radio’s coverage page for the 2012 Election.If you’re looking for more information to help with your decisions, you can read our collection of stories about key races featured below.You can also check out our Guide to the Ballot Proposals.

Another challenger to Debbie Stabenow's Senate seat

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John McCulloch
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John McCulloch, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, says he'll run for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, John McCulloch, announced that he plans to run for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan).

Stabenow is up for re-election in 2012.

From the Detroit Free Press:

McCulloch, 55, is a former Oakland County board chairman and CPA, said he decided to get into the race because Stabenow, President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats were “mortgage(ing) America’s future on the backs of our children and their children’s children with a national debt so large it is difficult to comprehend.”

So now there are several Republican candidates running for the nomination, none of which have strong name recognition at this point (that's bound to change as the election for the nomination ramps up):

  • John McColloch
  • former West Michigan judge Randy Hekman
  • northern Michigan businessman Peter Konetchy
  • And the Detroit News also lists two other candidates - "Rick Wilson, a retired autoworker who's run unsuccessfully against Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Flint; [and] self-described constitutional conservative Chad Dewey."

Several higher-profile Republican candidates declined to run against Stabenow (former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoeksta, U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI 11th district, and former Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land). 
Gary Glenn of Midland announced today that he is thinking about a run for the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012.

From the Detroit News:

Glenn, 53, of Midland served as GOP Michigan delegate for a decade, is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and has a pro-life stance. He has spoken at a dozen Tea Party events, including the 2009 Midland County Tea Party rally, and has served as the president of the American Family Association.