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Pam Byrnes declares her candidacy for Congress

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Thursday morning, former Democratic Michigan representative Pam Byrnes of Lyndon Township announced that she was challenging Republican incumbent Tim Walberg for his seat in Congress.

"Thrilled to announce I launched my campaign for Congress in the 7th today," Byrnes said on Twitter.

Byrnes explained her reasons for running in a press release quoted on Eclectablog.

“Washington is broken and Tim Walberg is part of the problem. He puts special interests and corporations ahead of middle-class Michigan families. I have a track record of working across the aisle to get things done and create opportunities to help middle-class families thrive.”

Byrnes, represented the 52nd Michigan House District from 2004 to 2010. The 52nd District includes most of western and northern Washtenaw County, including the cities of Saline and Chelsea and the villages of Dexter and Manchester. She listed her legislative accomplishments on her website, including passing the Cottage Food Bill, as well as bills to cut legistlators' pay and end their lifetime health insurance.

In 2010, Byrnes ran for the Michigan State Senate, losing in a primary to Rebeckah Warren. Since then, she served as Executive Director of the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.

Walberg, who has represented the 7th District for three non-consecutive terms, responded through his spokesperson Sarah Kuziomko in a statement quoted by the Detroit News.

“Congressman Walberg is focused on building a healthy economy and working with colleagues to help hardworking taxpayers by making government live within its means, improving education and workforce training, stopping the IRS from abusing citizens, and repealing the government takeover of health care that is raising costs and hurting families.”

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