CD-03: Mayhue (D) is in, Amash to face challengers

WZZM reports that former Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue will enter the race to succeed retiring Rep. Vern Ehlers.

Mayhue says he is entering the race because he is concerned about jobs and said that as a community we have seen "NAFTA give us the SHAFTA. Mayhue says he is concerned with government giving tax breaks to companies exporting jobs to other countries.

"Business and Labor need to come together on this issue," Mayhue said in a press release. "The American taxpayer is paying for jobs to be taken away from us all."

Also running on the Democratic side is attorney Patrick Miles, Jr.

Right-wing Republican Justin Amash- who announced his run before Ehlers said he would retire - will face competition in the Republican primary from State Sen. Bill Hardiman and former Commissioner Steven Heacock.

Kent County - which is not entirely, but mostly, in the 3rd District and which also makes up the lion's share of the 3rd - went for Obama by 1,573 votes. McCain barely won the district; each got 49%. So this just might be more competitive than most people will acknowledge!

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