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Michigan Rep. Tlaib to run for new seat after redistricting

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Democrat-Michigan, listens during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, on February 12, 2020. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Democrat-Michigan, listens during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, on February 12, 2020. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib announces she will seek reelection in a new Detroit-area seat created through redistricting, hours after fellow Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence said she will retire from Congress rather than run in the district.

The new 12th District includes portions of Detroit and suburbs including Dearborn and Southfield. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, said the seat has nearly two-thirds of people she currently represents.

The move leaves open the new 13th District, which includes much of Detroit along with other areas of Wayne County. Declared candidates so far include state Rep. Shri Thanedar and former state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, who’s now on the Detroit school board.

“I am excited about the opportunity to expand our work to include more communities that want the same access to a better quality of life, including clean air and water, affordable housing, economic justice and more,” Tlaib, who is in her second term, said in a statement.

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