Michigan Senate: Hekman to Challenge Stabenow

Former “juvenile court judge Randy Hekman says he’ll challenge two-term U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow next year,” the AP reports.

The 63-year-old Republican from Grand Rapids says he’s “the person who can help bring healing to our hurting nation.”

Hekman plans to hold press conferences in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids on Monday to announce his candidacy.

The Grand Rapids Press notes that Hekman “has acknowledged the uphill fight.”

Among better-known Republicans considering a run are former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, who gained statewide name identification with a strong primary run for governor in 2010, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land of Kent County and former state GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.

And the seat won’t come cheap. With a multi-candidate field for the primary and a tough general election, Republicans could spend $20 million, estimates John Yob, a Republican campaign veteran and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Strategic National.

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