Immigration attorney running for Amash’s seat

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Justin Amash listens to testimony

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., listens to debate as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Amash, the only Republican in Congress to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, said Thursday, July 3 he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and “frightened by what I see from it.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An immigration attorney who served in the Justice Department during President Barack Obama’s administration is running for the U.S. House seat held by Justin Amash of Michigan.

Hillary Scholten announced Monday her bid to seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. The 37-year-old from Grand Rapids says her goals include fixing the country’s “broken” immigration system and curbing gun violence.

Two other Democrats have said they’re seeking to represent the district that includes Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and surrounding areas.

Amash, who had been the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said last week he’s leaving the GOP. He’d filed for re-election in 2020 as a Republican in a race that drew primary challengers. Amash plans to run as an independent.

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