Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee will tell supporters Tuesday he will not run for governor in MI next year and instead run for a fourth term in the House.
The decision, first reported by the MI political newsletter MIRS Monday evening, reportedly came after last week's vote in the U.S. House to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
In an e-mail to supporters, Kildee said the fight against the policies put forth by Republican President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress are too important to give up his current job. Our own Jack Lessemberry just did a column on Kildee's dilemma, pointing out that he hasn't officially announced a run and time was running out. He said he sees Trump-backed policies like the repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, Trump's executive order on immigration and promises to cut funding to Planned Parenthood as a threat. Instead, Kildee will run again for his seat in Congress.
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Kildee's decision leaves Whitmer, of East Lansing, and Abdul El-Sayed, the former director of Detroit's health department, as the main candidates in a Democratic field that also includes lesser-known candidates who have not been as visible.
On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette are widely expected to enter the race, although neither have formally announced their intentions.