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Republicans looking for a 2020 challenge for first term state Representative Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township) don't appear to be satisfied with the pending candidacy of former Oakland County Commissioner Dave Potts of Birmingham, who will announce Tuesday, September 17, at Bloomfield Township Public Library that he is seeking the Republican nod for the 40th District.We know that because Birmingham Shopping District (BSD) Executive Director Ingrid Tighe confirmed she'd been asked recently by party insiders to run for the very same seat. “I was honored to be asked, but I am not running,” said Tighe, who adds that at the present time, she is happy where she is at. Tighe, who has a master's in public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan, was with the Michigan Education Development Corporation (MEDC) before joining the BSD, and was a captain in the Army, is the mother of four young sons. “I love public policy, and I have several friends from the Ford school in the state legislature,” she said, acknowledging that one day she may be interested in running for office. “I was flattered to be asked.” While some Republicans like Potts, a knowledgeable Republican leader said, “I don't think the numbers are good in Oakland County for any Republicans. I think Mr. and Mrs. Potts (retired Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Potts) will have a lot of time for their retirement.”


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