KENT COUNTY, Mich.— Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.
“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”
Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years. He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.
Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County. The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.