Rep. Jones To Challenge Nickles; Blanchard to Seek 2nd Term in Michigan
Undated (AP) _ Democratic Rep. James R. Jones of Oklahoma said Monday he will challenge Republican Sen. Don Nickles, while Democratic Gov. James Blanchard of Michigan plans to announce he will run for a second term.
Jones, 47, said from his home in Tulsa that he will give up the congressional seat he has held for 14 years because he believe Nickles is supporting policies that have hurt Oklahomans and threatened the nation’s future.
″I want to change what’s happening in Oklahoma,″ Jones said. ″I believe I can make the biggest difference as a United States senator....
″Can anyone suggest that the farm, energy and economic policies of the last six years have been good for Oklahoma?″ he asked.
No other candidates have entered the race for the Senate seat.
Blanchard’s aides said he had chosen the school in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale that he attended as a child to be the site for his announcement Tuesday. The 43-year-old governorrepresented the area as a congressman before becoming governor in 1983.
Blanchard’s re-election theme ″will be maintaining the fiscal integrity of government and jobs, jobs, jobs and more jobs,″ said press secretary Richard Cole.
His sole primary opponent to date is a supporter of extremist Lyndon LaRouche, Henry ″Hank″ Wilson of Detroit.
The five candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the Aug. 5 primary are Wayne County Executive William Lucas, Brighton businessman Richard Chrysler, Oakland County Executive Daniel Murphy, state Rep. Colleen Engler of Mount Pleasant and tax-cut advocate John Lauve of Grosse Pointe Woods.