Six vie for U.S. Senate seat

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Hoekstra, 59, a Republican from Holland, is trying to unseat Debbie Stabenow of Lansing. Stabenow, 62, a Democrat, has held the seat since 2001.

Also in the running are: Scotty Boman, 48, of Detroit, running as a Libertarian; Richard Matkin of Hazel Park, a member of the U.S. Taxpayers Party; Harley Mikkelson, a member of the Green Party; and John Litle, for the Natural Law Party.

Hoekstra said the job situation is the biggest issue facing Americans today.

“In West Michigan, we make things,” he said, referring to automotive and furniture manufacturing industries.

Having low-cost energy is a way to provide a boost to companies, he said.

Hoekstra said the way to do this is to build the Keystone Pipeline, and drill in Anwar and offshore.

He said there is a lot of natural gas in Michigan and that Americans have the ability to be “energy self-sufficient.”

Hoekstra said he is the best person for the job because he’s “always demonstrated the ability to get things done.”

He noted that he was a member of the budget committee that balanced the budget in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Hoekstra also investigated a corrupt teamsters union. The result of the investigation was that the corrupt president was removed, he said.

Candidate Stabenow listed on her website her top priorities: affordable health coverage for Michigan businesses, the Battery Innovation Act, bio-based manufacturing, building a 21st century manufacturing strategy, Canadian trash and the Charging America Forward Act.

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