The Detroit Free Press reports former charter school executive Clark Durant filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate, pitting him against former Congressman Pete Hoekstra and several other Republicans in the Republican race to take on Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Durant, 62, a former charter school executive from Grosse Pointe, joins a crowded GOP field aiming to unseat Stabenow, a Democrat, as she seeks a third term. Also in the race are former Kent County Probate Judge Randy Hekman, Roscommon businessman Peter Konetchy and Midland conservative activist Gary Glenn.

According to Detroit Free Press staff writer, Kathleen Gray, Durant’s entry reveals a divide in the state Republican Party. After deciding not to run in April, Hoekstra was convinced by party leaders to enter the race, however Durant is getting the backing of several influential GOP members including Betsy DeVos, former U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, and Republican National committeeman Saul Anuzis.

Taking a shot at Hoekstra, who spent 18 years in Washington as a Congressman, Durant said, “We’re going to have a very spirited primary. … People will be able to make a choice between the American way and the usual Washington way.”

Read more at Freep.com.

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