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A Michigan Historic Preservationist has announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. Bob Carr, who ran for Congress in 1996, says the decision to run for Senate came after a drive across the cross-state Red Arrow Highway, and seeing the condition of struggling communities that were scattered across Michigan. 

“Getting the little towns all over Michigan back up and running again. That is what is important to me,” Carr told WGVU.

Governor Rick Snyder says he stands by his testimony before a congressional committee regarding the Flint water crisis.

The Republican and Democratic leaders on the US House Oversight Committee have asked the governor to provide more details on when he became aware of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.

That’s because an aide to the governor testified in a criminal trial that he told the governor weeks earlier than when the governor said he knew.

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Michigan municipalities would be prohibited from levying local taxes on food and beverages under a bill advancing to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature. No local government in Michigan is now considering such a tax. But lawmakers say it is possible, pointing to Philadelphia and Chicago as places with soda taxes. Similar taxes have been approved in San Francisco and Oakland, California. 

3 Questions with the Candidate: Steve Gawron

Oct 12, 2017

This November, voters in the City of Muskegon will head to the polls to consider two candidates running for the office of Mayor. Running for re-election is Mayor Steve Gawron. 

Prior to being elected as Mayor, Gawron served 16 years on the city council.  WGVU asked Mayor Gawron three questions.

3 questions with the Candidate: Will Springstead

Oct 12, 2017

This November, voters in the City of Muskegon will head to the polls to consider two candidates running for the office of Mayor. Challenging the current Mayor for his office is Will Springstead. 

Springstead is a Muskegon native and Army Veteran who is heavily involved in his neighborhood association. WGVU’s asked him 3 questions. 

Click on the link above to hear the interview.

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A lobbyist who formerly worked at Kellogg Co. says he's seeking the Democratic nomination for a congressional seat in southwestern Michigan.

George Franklin wants the job now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton.

He says he wants to "to keep making a difference and improving lives" in the 6th District.

Franklin was vice president of government relations at Kellogg until 2005 when he started his own public affairs shop. His website says Kellogg is a client.

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A Republican legislative leader is running to be Michigan's next attorney general.

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced his candidacy Thursday, saying he will "make Michigan stronger and safer."

He's the second Republican to enter the race, joining state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker. Republicans and Democrats will choose their attorney general candidates at conventions next summer.

The 36-year-old Leonard has led the House since January and is in his final House term due to term limits. He previously worked as an assistant prosecutor in Genesee County.

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A third Democrat is running for an open, Republican-leaning congressional seat in the Detroit suburbs.

Dan Haberman of Birmingham is a lawyer who runs a business that provides private office space and virtual office services. He announced his candidacy Thursday for the 11th Congressional District, joining Haley Stevens and Fayrouz Saad in the Democratic field.

Second-term Republican Rep. Dave Trott isn't seeking re-election.

Republican candidates include businesswoman Lena Epstein and Rocky Raczkowski, an Army veteran and former state lawmaker.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel found it "ironic" that students who voted for President Donald Trump felt shunned on campus after the 2016 election. Schlissel also wrote last year that he was "torn" about recommending appointees for the new administration. 

He said, "I can't imagine lending one's name to a Trump administration."

A third Democrat is entering the race for an open, Republican-leaning congressional seat in the Detroit suburbs. Dan Haberman of Troy is a lawyer who runs a business that provides private office space and virtual office services. He's announcing his candidacy Thursday for the 11th Congressional District, joining Haley Stevens and Fayrouz Saad in the Democratic field. 

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