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Retired businessman announces candidacy for 10th District congressional seat

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A retired Michigan businessman is joining the race for retiring Rep. Candice Miller seat in Congress.

It won't be Republican Paul Mitchell's first congressional campaign. 

In 2014, he spent over $3 million of his own money on a bid for the 4th District seat. He lost to John Moolenaar in the Republican primary.

Mitchell has since relocated to Lapeer County in the state's 10th District, where Miller has held the seat since 2003.

He's the third Republican to join the race since Miller announced her retirement, along with Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township and former state senator Alan Sanborn of Richmond.

This year, Mitchell led an effort against a May ballot proposal that would've raised the state's sales tax as a roads-funding measure.

In a letter posted on his website, Mitchell said he plans to "bring those same conservative values to Washington."

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