Lance Enderle, who ran against incumbent Republican Mike Rogers in 2010, has announced he will run again in 2012. From his candidate’s website:
I am honored to announce that I have begun my campaign to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District in 2012.
I am on a continued mission that began when I ran for the same office in 2010. During that election, I made a commitment to the people of Michigan’s 8th District that I would not quit on them, no matter the circumstances. I have stuck to that promise. Since the 2010 election I have been busy fighting for the issues that matter to Michigan’s citizens and fighting for the rights of the working class.
2012 will be a campaign of blood, sweat, and tears.
I again thank you for this privilege, and I look forward to working for you, and with you. God Bless Michigan and the United States of America.
Enderle had an “interesting” run in 2010. The only Democrat to file to run was a African-born guy named Kande Ngalamulume. After the filing deadline had passed, Ngalamulume dropped out of the race, all but ensuring a Republican victory. Enderle decided to run a write-in candidacy and was, eventually, chosen as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the general election in August. The reality of what I have summed up here in a couple of sentences was actually far more convoluted. A good description of the nearly soap operatic turn of events can be found HERE.
Because he had such a short time to campaign, very little funding and was up against a powerhouse incumbent fundraiser, Enderle did not win.
But, now he’s back and Mike Rogers will have an opponent to contend with. Enderle is a solid progressive and will represent a real choice for 8th District voters next year. That, as they say, is a Good Thing.