Rep. Fred Upton announces re-election bid for U.S. House

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R) announced he is running again for his House seat Friday.

In doing so, Upton ruled out running for U.S. Senate next year.

Upton, of St. Joseph, has held southwestern Michigan’s congressional seat for 30 years. He said Friday there was “a path” to running, but he has chosen “not to follow it.”

Third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for re-election in 2018.

Republican candidates include former state Supreme Court Justice Bob Young and Iraq War veteran and business executive John James. Businessman Sandy Pensler also is considering a run.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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