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LANSING, AP — Former Macomb County judge and prosecutor Carl Marlinga announced his campaign for a new House seat in suburban Detroit on Monday, becoming the fourth Democrat to enter the primary for what could be one of Michigan’s most competitive congressional races this fall.

Marlinga, 75, retired from the bench last month after serving nine years. He said he would focus on creating well-paying jobs in the United States and restoring the supply chain of countries like China.

“I love the community and as someone who has lived in the community all my life, I understand the hopes, aspirations and challenges of the families and small businesses who are my neighbors and whom I have served for almost 40 years,” he said in a statement.

The contest for the 10th congressional district, which includes southern Macomb County and part of Oakland County, has no incumbent after the redistricting. Then-President Donald Trump narrowly won the field in 2020, and political analysts say he leans Republican.

Other Democratic candidates in the August primary are former state deputy and current Sterling Heights council member Henry Yanez, Warren council member Angela Rogensues and activist Huwaida Arraf. The Republican candidate is businessman and veteran John James, a two-time US Senate candidate.

Marlinga served as Macomb County’s elected prosecutor for 20 years until 2004, when he was charged with helping a man get a new rape trial in exchange for contributions to Marlinga’s failed congressional campaign in 2002. A federal jury acquitted Marlinga in 2006.

The Michigan Republican Party called Marlinga “corrupt” and said he could not run because the state constitution bars judges from seeking non-judicial office until a year after leaving office. Marlinga’s campaign said the provision cannot replace the House eligibility requirements of the US Constitution, which include no such restrictions.

Abby Mitch, spokeswoman for the James campaign, said he “looks forward to pitting his record and ideas against those of far-left radicals in this growing field of Democrats” and is eager to campaign against candidates “charged with bribery and corruption”. ”

Marlinga campaign manager Steve Steinhardt said he was the “most formidable” candidate and had deep community roots, noting that James – from Oakland County – lives outside the district.

“Voters want someone who understands them and the challenges they face, not someone who is just shopping for a district as a way to get into Congress,” he said.

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