State Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) announced Thursday morning that he’s running for the U.S. House in the 10th District, encompassing much of northern Macomb County and the Thumb area.
The seat is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden) after just his second term in Congress. Mitchell has decried the current state of politics in Washington, D.C.
Hernandez, who chairs the state House Appropriations Committee, touted his conservative bona fides in a video announcing his run that was peppered with images of progressive politicians like Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
“President Trump is standing strong against the forces of socialism, but he needs help,” Hernandez said in the video. “In Congress, I will fight alongside President Trump and I will never relent.”
Filings with the Federal Elections Commission show two other Republicans — Joseph Mikula and Richard Piwko — have filed to run in the heavily Republican district. Brigadier Gen. John Slocum has expressed interest. Two Democrats — Kimberly Bizon and Kelly Noland — also have filed to run, as has one Independent, Jeffrey Jowske.
Now in his second term in the state House, Hernandez is the latest of a wide range of state lawmakers to launch congressional bids.
State Reps. Jim Lower (R-Greenville) and Lynn Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Twp.) are both running in the 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) is running as an independent after leaving the Republican Party earlier this summer.
State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) is running in the state’s 6th Congressional District in Southwest Michigan. That seat is represented by long-serving U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph).