Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke will be running in November’s general election for the congressional seat held by Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick for over 20 years. Clarke won the Democratic party nod by 49-percent of the vote.
Hansen Clarke is a career politician who began as chief of staff to U. S. Representative John Conyers. His first elected office was as a state representative in 1990. Clarke served one term until 1992 and returned to the office in 2000. In 2002, he was elected to the state senate.
Clarke claimed the Democratic nomination by beating Kilpatrick in the suburbs by a reported 3-to-1 margin.
He’ll be facing off against Republican nominee John Hauler of Grosse Pointe Woods, who ran unopposed. The expectation is Clarke will easily win the general in the heavily Democratic 13th District.