Peter Meijer, an Army veteran and heir to the grocery store family of the same name, formally announced Wednesday that he will run for the congressional seat in Michigan’s Third District currently held by U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.).
In a video announcing his primary campaign, Meijer highlighted his military experience and said he’s running “because our politicians spend their time trashing each other online, coming up with excuses, and pointing fingers.”
I'm ready to serve, West Michigan. https://t.co/Q6a0yYAtT3
— Peter Meijer for Congress (@VoteMeijer) July 3, 2019
Amash has been lauded by Democrats and criticized by Republicans in the national media since mid-May, when he publicly voiced his opinion that President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses.
Meijer joins state Reps. James Lower (R-Greenville) and Lynn Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids), as well as former Sand Lake treasurer Tom Norton as Republican competitors for Amash’s seat in the 2020 cycle. Earlier in June, former Obama aide Nick Colvin announced he would seek the Democratic nomination.
The Advance first reported last week that Meijer, a political neophyte, was considering a congressional run.
Meijer emphasized his distance from his family’s prominent business at the time, saying, “I don’t have an official role. … Whatever the outcome [of the election, I hope] the people of West Michigan will have a chance to know me for who I am and for my accomplishments rather than just my association with the family business that I’m very proud of, but which I don’t actively contribute towards.”