State senator won't challenge GR-area congressman

A state senator from suburban Grand Rapids said Thursday that he won't challenge U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in the 2014 Republican primary.
AP Wire
Nov 22, 2013


Mark Jansen of Kent County's Gaines Township said people have "strongly encouraged" him to run for the seat over the past two years. But he said he's decided to focus on helping Michigan's economic recovery as a state legislator.

Amash is a libertarian-leaning conservative who has gained a bigger profile from battles with House Republican leadership and his stand against the collection of Americans' phone records. But he's upset some business leaders in his West Michigan district who say they want more pragmatic representation.

Investment adviser Brian Ellis announced Oct. 8 that he intends to challenge Amash in the Republican primary.


the truth

It's too bad that Senator Jansen is not going to challenge Rep. Amash for this position. Jansen is a solid pro-economic development, pro-education, Jerry Ford-like Republican - someone who would be a great representative of our west Michigan community and values. Amash's performance to date in the U.S. House of Representatives has been just shy of a disaster.

Tri-cities realist

Unless you are a libertarian leaning conservative...


West Michigan has long supported Justin Amash.


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