Businessman John James (R) is “actively considering a campaign for the Senate seat, said Chris Thomas, a friend of James and venture capitalist investor who lives in Detroit.” James, the CEO of Renaissance Global Logistics, “is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Iraq War veteran.”
“James’ supporters used the Mackinac Policy Conference to tout the 36-year-old’s credentials as a businessperson with experience in national security.” (Crain’s Detroit Business)
“The National Security and Opportunity Fund, a Republican 501(c)(4) nonprofit group, is laying the groundwork for a potential run. … The nonprofit has set up a website and is running digital advertisements describing criteria for its desired candidate in the Republican primary … The advertisements are set to run across Mackinac Island during the 2017 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference.” (Politico)
Businesswoman Lena Epstein (R) is already challenging Stabenow.
WEIGHING IN. Rep. Fred Upton (R-06), another potential Senate candidate, “said President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris climate accord is ‘a mistake.’” (MLive)