Detroit Evening Report: Actor Hill Harper announces US Senate bid to replace Debbie Stabenow

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The race to replace Michigan senior U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow when she retires at the end of next year is growing more crowded, as actor, activist and Detroit resident Hill Harper says he’ll make a bid for the Senate.

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“The Good Doctor” and “CSI” actor joins a list of candidates including current Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing), Michigan Board of Education President Pamela Hughes, Dearborn businessman Nasser Beydoun and more. Harper, 57, moved to Detroit in 2018 and owns several businesses, including Roasting Plant Detroit on Woodward.

Stabenow announced earlier this year that she would not seek a fifth term in 2024.

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“We’re in a state where I think the triple blue leadership in Lansing has done really hard work moving the state forward, but in Washington, D.C., it’s still broken. And folks feel like it’s still broken. And I’m one of them,” Harper said in an interview with The Detroit News. “Without energized, bold leadership in the U.S. Senate, our state will continue to be held back from achieving its full potential. We deserve a better brand of politics than politics as usual, and that’s why I’m running for the U.S. Senate.”

Slotkin’s soon-to be open seat already has two contenders that plan to run in the next election. Former Republican State Rep. Tom Barrett is making a second try for Congress after losing to Slotkin in 2022. And former Democratic State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. has also filed paperwork to run in Slotkin’s district, though he’s yet to make a formal announcement.

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.