Skubick: Moves begin to head state political parties

Michigan

A spirited battle is unfolding over who will run the state Republican Party.

There are some familiar names in the hunt. 

Ann Arbor millionaire Ron Wieser will hang it up next year and the question is who will replace him.  

The battle for that is underway.

Rep. Laura Cox is looking for work.

She failed to win a state senate seat and she’s an announced candidate to be Republican party chair.

Current House Republican Speaker and defeated candidate for attorney general Tom Leonard of DeWitt is likely to get in.

Newcomer Lena Epstein failed to win a congressional seat and she’s interested in the post, as is Scott Greenlee, who ran the unsuccessful anti-pot campaign.

Although he has not expressed interest in the contest, defeated U.S. Senate candidate John James has been mentioned as a possible replacement.

A Republican consultant who has done work for Tom Leonard issued a survey showing his client with a lead over the others and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has endorsed Mr. Leonard.

The Republican convention delegates next year will pick from the field that could expand.

Over on the Democratic side 6 News has learned that current party chair Brandon Dillon will not seek re-election and Rep. Adam Zemke,  an Ann Arbor Democrat,  is reportedly interested in the race.
 

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