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This has been expected since the moment that Carl Levin announced his retirement, but moments ago, MI-14 (formerly MI-09) Representative Gary Peters officially announced that he is, indeed, running for U.S. Senate in 2014:

As you know, Carl Levin recently announced his intention to retire at the end of his term next year. For more than 35 years, Senator Levin has led the fight for Michigan values and a strong middle class. His thoughtfulness and integrity are respected around Michigan and across the nation, and he represents the best of what it means to be a true public servant.

Following Carl’s decision, I have been humbled by the voices from every corner of Michigan who have enthusiastically encouraged me to run for the U.S. Senate. It is a decision that can only be made as a family and over the past few weeks, my wife Colleen and I, along with our three wonderful children, have discussed it at length.

We wanted you to be among the first to know of our decision.

Today — I am officially announcing that I am a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

This is a critical time for Michigan, and our main streets and middle class need an independent voice fighting for them.

Washington is a mess, but Michigan is on the verge of re-inventing itself with a new economy and a middle class that’s stronger than ever — and I want to be on the front lines of that fight.

I’ve always believed that the things middle class families struggle with around their kitchen tables should define my work in Washington.

That’s why I led the fight to increase lending to small businesses, make sure women receive equal pay for equal work, and held Wall Street accountable when they took their taxpayer-funded bailouts and paid themselves bonuses.

We’ve made some progress, but we’re a long way from finished.

Together, we must work to make sure that Michigan will always be a place where people can work hard, have access to an affordable education, find a good-paying job and enjoy a secure retirement. That’s the American dream, and it’s always been the foundation of Michigan’s middle class.

We have to get spending under control and return our focus to creating jobs, finding innovative ways to help small businesses grow, and fixing our economy.

And we must continue the fight to protect our seniors — Medicare and Social Security are under attack, and no one will fight harder to make sure these crucial programs are there for this generation and the next.

Set politics and party aside: if it’s not right for Michigan’s small businesses and middle class, it’s never been right with me.

I think that kind of independent approach is exactly what Michigan needs in the Senate right now.

This week I will be meeting with folks in Greater Detroit, Flint, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. I’ll be headed to Traverse City, Alpena, and the Upper Peninsula soon.

Please join our campaign for the U.S. Senate at: PetersforMichigan.com today.

Together — we will make a difference!

Gary

Note: Also see PoopDogComedy's excellent diary on what Peters has been up to recently to help out the U.S. auto industry and other info about Peters.

Update: Please note that Eclectablog will be liveblogging Peters' press event at 2:00pm today.

Originally posted to Brainwrap on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:18 AM PDT.

Also republished by Motor City Kossacks, Michigan, My Michigan, and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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