GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A fourth Republican is challenging fifth-term Rep. Justin Amash for his congressional seat in western Michigan.

Peter Meijer, whose great-grandfather and grandfather built the Meijer chain of grocery and general merchandise stores, announced his candidacy Wednesday. The 31-year-old military veteran and Grand Rapids native served in Iraq.

He says he’s running to secure the borders, bring troops home from “senseless wars” and ensure health care doesn’t bankrupt families. He says voters should expect more from politicians who spend their time “trashing each other online.”

Meijer did humanitarian aid-related work in Afghanistan and returned to Michigan to work in urban redevelopment.

Also running are state Reps. Lynn Afendoulis and Jim Lower, and veteran Tom Norton.

Amash is the only Republican member of Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct.


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