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Rocky Raczkowski to run for Dave Trott's seat in MI's 11th district

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Posted at 7:33 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 10:38:55-04

After Rep. Dave Trott announced last week he would not be seeking re-election for Michigan's 11th Congressional District, the first Republican name to replace him has been announced.

In an email early Monday morning, Rocky Raczkowski said he will be running to replace Trott in the district. He said he came to that decision after sitting down with his family last week. 

Roczkowski, 48, previously ran in 2010 against now Sen. Gary Peters for Michigan's 9th Congressional District. He narrowly lost the election, 49.8 percent to 47.2 percent. He is also the former majority leader in the Michigan House of Representatives.

"I'm running, and, we're going to win. Period," Raczkowski said in the email. "I am a conservative, God fearing patriot that believes that a single person can still change the world for the better."

The 11th district consists of parts of Oakland and Wayne counties, with major cities like Troy and Livonia in the district.