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State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township) formally announced his candidacy for the state Senate’s 12th District, where Gov. Rick Snyder and a gaggle of other prominent Republicans endorsed him. The elephant in the room? McCready would have to move into the 12th district, an issue a number of people are quietly talking about now. A 12th district run leaves McCready’s House seat, the 40th, where he’s term-limited, open. Former Republican county commissioner Dave Potts, who lost to McCready six years ago, has decided to forgo another run at the seat. He doesn’t want to spend hours on the road to Lansing, he said, adding that his wife, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts, has just a year-and-half left on the bench before being forced to retire. That leaves currently announced Republican candidates newbies Malissa Bossardet and Mike Banerian, a recent college grad who lives at home, although word is Bloomfield Township trustee Michael Schostak is still assessing the field. Announced Democrat/candidate Nicole Bedi, who lost to McCready in 2016, has been seen out and about actively working the crowd at public events now that the seat is in play.


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