After the Tuesday afternoon deadline for Michigan’s August primaries, five candidates have filed to run in Michigan’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Yesterday was the deadline for candidates for most state and federal offices to submit their petitions to appear on the August primary ballot. Petition signatures still have to be officially counted and certified.
The campaign is already underway, as the five G.O.P. hopefuls appeal to prospective Republican primary voters. They’re arguing over who is the most conservative and who presents the best chance for the G.O.P. to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow.
Retired judge Randy Hekman says he’ll put his conservative credentials up against anyone else in the field.
“We’ve got 90 days to show who we are, how we differ from others, how we’re going to fix our country, move ahead and win this thing,” Hekman says.
Businessman Peter Konetchy and anti-gay crusader Gary Glenn also filed today, joining ex-congressman Pete Hoekstra and charter school CEO Clark Durant in the race.
Glenn says his leadership in opposing same-sex marriage will help him draw votes from union and African-American households. Glenn is one of the authors of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions.
“So, I’m going to be able to go on that issue into Debbie Stabenow’s own base and win votes out of two core elements of the Democratic Party’s own coalition,” Glenn says. “When that was on the ballot, it won within the city limits of Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw, where I spoke in African American churches on behalf of it.”
The G.O.P. primary takes place August 8th.