by Garrett Frisk
Michigan is a mid-sized state, with 13 congressional districts. The state will be hotly contested in 2024, with closely-watched contests in the 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 10th congressional districts, not to mention the open Senate race and the presidential contest. However, outside of those key races, two candidates have announced their intention to challenge an incumbent Republican U.S. Representative.
In the 2nd district, Democrat Michael Lynch is challenging incumbent Republican John Moolenaar. Lynch, a marketing director and educator, describes himself as "a lifelong advocate for working- and middle-class families" who "has made guaranteeing access to affordable, quality health care for all Michiganders, particularly those in rural areas, a top priority." He faces an uphill battle against Moolenaar, who was re-elected with 63.7% of the vote in 2022. Lynch's campaign website can be found here.
In the 9th district, factory worker Jeffrey Jowske is back to finish what he started. Jowske ran for this district in 2020 back when it was numbered as the 10th district, but dropped out before the Republican primary due to the constraints of his work schedule. After Jowske's withdrawal, fellow Republican Lisa McClain prevailed in this very conservative district; McClain was re-elected with 63.9% of the vote in 2022. Jowske spent 24 years in prison for "second-degree murder, escape while awaiting trial, escape from prison, possessing a weapon as a prisoner and assault of a prison employee"; he was released in 2017. Jowske, who maintains his innocence, is now waging a primary challenge against McClain. His website can be found here.