In an email to supporters sent Thursday, U.S. Representative Gary Peters announced that he had earned the endorsement of both of Michigan’s sitting U.S. Senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.
In a press release, Levin said, “It’s of course important to me that the person who is elected to represent Michigan in the Senate next year be a fighter for Michigan’s families and communities. That’s why I’m pleased to announce today that I am endorsing Gary Peters for the U.S. Senate.”
Stabenow also issued a press release in which she affirmed her support for Peters by saying, “Today, I am extremely pleased to announce my endorsement and whole-hearted support of Rep. Gary Peters for the job.”
In his email, Peters responded by saying that he was “honored and humbled to have earned the support and endorsement of our two great Senators from Michigan, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.”
Both Levin and Stabenow praised Peters for his accomplisments during his three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in their press releases.
Levin called attention to Peters’ efforts to expand access to credit for small businesses in Michigan, protect Social Security and Medicare, and take on Wall Street by recouping executive bonuses paid by tax dollars. Levin also noted that he and Peters worked together to end the use of tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals to avoid paying taxes.
In addition to Peters’ work on behalf of small businesses, Stabenow mentioned how she and Peters worked together to “promote Michigan as a leader in clean energy technology and advanced manufacturing innovation to spur new economic growth.”
Peters returned the compliments in his email, calling Levin “an inspiration and model for public service” and Stabenow a leader in transforming Michigan’s economy, creating new jobs, and building a stronger middle class.
Last month, Peters had earned the implied endorsement of Debbie Dingell, whose husband John represents Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and other parts of eastern Washtenaw County in the U.S. House. In a statement on Facebook, Dingell withdrew from the Democratic primary, saying “We have good candidates like Gary Peters considering running, and a primary would be divisive at a time that cries out for unity.”
While the Democratic nominee looks certain, the Republican nominee is far from settled. The Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, whose Eighth District borders Washtenaw County to the north, U.S. Representative Justin Amash, who represents the Third District on the west side of the state, and former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, are all considering running, but none has yet announced.
As reported by MLive, an Epic-MRA poll shows that Peters leads Rogers by seven points, 37% to 30%, with 33% undecided. MLive did not test how either Amash or Land would fare against Peters.