By Katharine Jackson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Consultant Elissa Slotkin of Michigan on Monday stated she’s going to run for the Senate seat being left open by Debbie Stabenow in 2024.
Slotkin, 46, received her seat in Congress in 2018 after working as a CIA Center East analyst and Division of Protection official through the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.
She introduced her candidacy on Twitter, saying in a marketing campaign video “we want a brand new technology of leaders that thinks in another way, works more durable and by no means forgets that we’re public servants”.
Slotkin determined to pursue a profession in public service after experiencing the Sept. 11, 2001 assault as a graduate scholar in New York Metropolis, she stated within the video.
Stabenow, 72, a Democrat serving a fourth time period within the U.S. Senate, stated in January she wouldn’t search re-election.
Maintaining the seat in Democrats’ arms might be very important for the get together to take care of management of the Senate in 2025.
Democrats presently management the Senate by a slim 51-49 majority however should defend 23 seats within the 2024 election, together with seats of three independents who caucus with Democrats, whereas Republicans have 10 seats to defend.
No broadly identified Republicans have entered the race for Stabenow’s seat thus far.
The state may additionally play a key function within the race for the White Home in 2024. Michigan Republicans earlier in February chosen Trump loyalist Kristina Karamo to be their subsequent state chair, elevating an election denier as far-right members achieve clout within the battleground state.
(Reporting by Katharine Jackson, modifying by Ed Osmond)