Justin Amash to run for Vern Ehlers seat

7:59 AM, Feb 10, 2010   |    comments
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Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) - Wednesday morning Grand Rapids Republican Congressman Vern Ehlers says he will announce his decision.  Will he run for reelection or retire from the U.S house?

"I would be surprised if he announced his retirement," says Calvin College Political Science Professor Douglas Koopman. "He has a fairly large campaign war chest. He's still in good physical health and there is really no indication he is winding down."

Whatever Ehlers decides, Republican State Representative Justin Amash of Grand Rapids says he is running for Ehlers' 3rd congressional seat.

"I was planning to run regardless of his intentions," says State Representative Amash. 29-year-old Amash is serving his first term in the state house.

"My candidacy is about what I bring to the table and whether he's running or it's a multi-candidate field - makes no difference."

If he decides to run, Ehlers would be a candidate for his 10th term in the U. S. House.

Now that he is a candidate for congress, Representative Amash says he can't run for reelection to the state house.

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