3rd Republican enters race against Amash

Posted at 10:53 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 10:55:27-04

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A third Republican is challenging Rep. Justin Amash for his congressional seat in western Michigan.

First-term state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis announced her candidacy Thursday.

She says she is running to ensure the continuation of America’s revival, not to work “against it.” The 60-year-old Grand Rapids Township resident spent 25 years working with and for Universal Forest Products and once was a newspaper reporter.

Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct.

Also running are state Rep. Jim Lower and military veteran Tom Norton.

Amash, who was elected in 2010, has not faced a primary challenge since 2014. He has not said whether he will run for re-election and has left open the prospect of running for president in 2020 as a Libertarian.