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Without an incumbent in the congressional seat, Democrats are taking another look at the 11th District, which has gone from “leaning Republican” to “in play,” according to the Cook Report. Former Obama Auto Task Force chief of staff Haley Stevens has been raising lots of dough with the field primarily to herself, and Fayrouz Saad, a former Homeland Security advisor and Director of Immigrant Affairs for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, has jumped into the race. So has perennial candidate Dr. Anil Kumar, who recently announced he will once again go for this seat after Trott overwhelmingly beat him. Will the third time be the charm for Kumar, even though Democratic Party folks begged him to look at races closer to home? We hear he held a Democratic Party fundraiser at his Rochester home to try to convince them. Term-limited state Rep. Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake) has informed fellow Dems he is taking another look at running for the seat after Trott’s announcement, rather than running for Michigan Attorney General, as he told Downtown last month, “because it’s a totally different race; a different calculation,” a Democratic politico said. “It’s rare to beat an incumbent.” Hear tell Democrats think very highly of him. Expect, too, for political novice Dan Haberman, a Birmingham businessman, to (finally) officially announce his candidacy, which he has been mulling since Trump came to office. He’s lined up a strong team with a national pollster. On both sides of the aisle, expect to see blood before it’s all over.


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