Terri Lynn Land, Michigan’s representative to the Republican National Committee, announced Monday she will run for Michigan’s open Senate seat in 2014.
Land served two terms as Michigan’s secretary of state from 2003 through 2010 before being elected to the RNC in 2012. She announced her candidacy on her Facebook page:
I would like to thank everyone who has been encouraging me to run for US Senate. Representing our magnificent state of Michigan and your interests in Congress would be the greatest honor. We need conservative leadership now more than ever because of high unemployment, huge deficits, and a spendthrift Congress.
Beginning today, I am putting together a campaign strategy and a policy team. I will be filing the appropriate paper work by July 1 to become a Republican primary candidate.
Now is our chance to win. I eagerly look forward to speaking with you face-to-face about ways to launch our country to prosperity while defending our liberty and freedoms.
Land’s presumed challenger for the seat being vacated by current Sen. Carl Levin (D), who will not seek re-election, is Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI).
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