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Posted on Mon, May 10, 2010 : 12:43 p.m.

Rep. John Dingell files for re-election to 15th Congressional District seat

By Cindy Heflin

U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, filed for re-election today, his campaign announced.

Dingell represents Michigan's 15th Congressional District, which includes Ann Arbor. He is the longest-serving member of Congress. If re-elected in November, Dingell, 83, would begin serving his 28th term.

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"Now is not the time to walk away. I have the experience and determination to make sure we are doing what we have to do to create jobs and get this economy back on its feet," Dingell said in a press release.

So far, at least three others have announced plans to challenge Dingell.

Superior Township cardiologist Robert L. Steele, who is running as a Republican, announced in February he would take on Dingell.

Ann Arbor resident Jack Lynch, also a Republican, announced in October he would again attempt to unseat Dingell. He made an unsuccessful bid for the seat in 2008.

Dearborn lawyer Majed Moughni has also announced his intention to run as a Republican for Dingell's seat.



Thu, May 13, 2010 : 3:27 p.m.

Mr. Dingell, it is time for you to move on. Please depart graciously and don't push for your daughter to take over for you. We need quality and experience, not a dynasty.

Duane Collicott

Tue, May 11, 2010 : 11:45 a.m.

"Dingell has been a true master of politics in Washington." I agree... and this is exactly the problem.


Tue, May 11, 2010 : 9:08 a.m.

"HAS BEEN" are the key words here. And I am not an arch conservative.


Tue, May 11, 2010 : 8:49 a.m.

Wow -- arch conservative nonsense with no facts! Dingell has been a true master of politics in Washington -- we here in Michigan can only benefit from his re-election.

A Concerned Citized

Tue, May 11, 2010 : 7:40 a.m.

Is it really Dingell who filed for re-election or his many minions who have actually been "running" his office. Unfortunately, Congressman Dingell should have retired along time ago. People need to honestly look at his record and ask "what has he done for us lately?" The answer is, not much of anything. Just because he has held the seat for what seems like an eternity, doesn't mean he is entitled to it. The people in his district need to take the time and learn about all candidates and vote for the one that will actually do something for the district. Not because it is the only name you recognize. Where was Congressman Dingell and what was Congressman Dingell doing when Michigan fell into the bottomless pit we find ourselves in. Seems to me, if he was truly an effective legislature on behalf of Michigan, why don't we see any results? I believe that many of the problems the auto industry faces today is due to the committee he chaired being unwilling to hold them accountable, increase mpg, etc. It's time for him to graciously bow out before he gets thrown out.

Jimmy McNulty

Tue, May 11, 2010 : 6:39 a.m.

Dingell reminds me of my father, who passed away when he was Dingell's age. Dad no longer drove, and we did not really trust him with power tools any longer, let alone write legislation as Dingell continues to do. There really should be term limits to cut down on career politicians.

L. C. Burgundy

Mon, May 10, 2010 : 11:37 p.m.

Dingell should have been out of Congress a long, long time ago. He served when Eisenhower was president! He's well into "Dingell's seat" territory a la "Teddy's seat", which no seat in Congress should devolve to. Plus he has surprisingly little sway left for having been in Congress so long. He has his beloved and oft-reintroduced health care law now: there is nothing productive left for him to do. Would not be sad at all to see him go. My preference among the R's is Rob Steele. Jack Lynch is a hard core socon that really doesn't match the district at all. It's hard to characterize Majed Moughni's views other than extremely anti-free trade.