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Another Republican candidate has filed to run for Michigan’s 11th Congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills, Troy, western Oakland, western Wayne County). Conservative Republican Eric Esshaki filed on October 31 with the Federal Elections Commission. A registered nurse and practicing attorney, Esshaki touts his first-generation citizenship status and local roots, and notes retaliation from a former employer for reporting health violations against elderly patients as his motivation for entering the legal field. He says he’s running to “fix politics and solve problems,” caused by overreaching government control that harms the middle class. Also returning to the fray is the former “accidental Congressman” and perennial 11th District candidate Kerry Bentivolio, who put $50,000 into his campaign at the end of September, and received three donations in June, including a $500 contribution from ousted RNC member and controversial Republican Dave Agema. Also running for the Republican primary are Frank Acosta, whose platform includes consensually annexing Mexico and providing free health care to children of US citizens until age 21, and former undocumented immigrant and pro-Trump candidate Whittney Williams.


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