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GOP state senator announces challenge to Rep. Slotkin

By: - November 15, 2021 12:14 pm

State Sen. Tom Barrett (left) and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (right) | Photos by Casey Hull and Andrew Roth

State Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) announced Monday that he’s running for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly).

​​In November 2018, Slotkin, a former CIA analyst, narrowly defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop to claim the 8th Congressional District seat, which covers the Lansing area, Livingston County and northern Oakland County and had been held by Republicans since 2001. Slotkin won a second term by a slim margin in November 2020.

The state’s new redistricting commission is working on the boundaries of the district, which is expected to change because Michigan is losing a U.S. House seat. Under a current draft, Slotkin and Barrett would be in the same district.

Barrett released a video announcing his candidacy on Facebook on Monday.

“I believe individuals should be able to freely give their consent without fear of retaliation or coercion before receiving the COVID vaccine,” said Barrett, who contracted the coronavirus last year. “Every soldier, every American, has the freedom to make that choice for themselves.”

In the state Senate, Barrett supported a series of bills that would bar mask and vaccine mandates for students in Michigan.

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Steve Neavling
Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Detroit Metro Times. He operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker, Neavling was a five-year veteran of the Detroit Free Press, covering Detroit’s city hall.