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Michigan’s race for Congress: Lisa McClain seeks second term in 9th District

U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain has served in Congress since 2020. (Courtesy photo)

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Bruce Township, is seeking re-election for a second term in a solidly Republican district on Nov. 8. 

McClain, previously senior vice president of Michigan-based financial services company Hantz Group, succeeded former U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell, a critic of former President Donald Trump who retired from Congress in 2020.

Endorsed by Trump, McClain sought an investigation into the 2020 election results. Her priorities include reducing taxes and business regulations, enacting congressional term limits, allowing health care coverage to be purchased across state lines and balancing the federal budget.

Democrat Brian Jaye is challenging McClain. Previously, Jaye, an attorney who owns a vintage toy store, unsuccessfully ran for the Michigan State Board of Education.

Jaye’s priorities include reducing money in politics and government corruption, decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, forgiving student loans and working toward tuition-free education at public universities. 

Libertarian Jacob Kelts and Jim Walkowicz of the Working Class Party are also on the ballot. 

How things have changed

Similar to the district McClain currently represents, the new 9th Congressional District covers Michigan’s Thumb region and extends into northern Macomb County. The new district picks up northern Oakland County but does not extend as far into Macomb County as the current district.

What to expect

Already representing a conservative area, McClain’s district picked up ideologically similar territory during the redistricting process and is solidly Republican. 

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