Monday, April 23, 2018

Pensler Files Signatures For US Senate As Stabenow Announces $8 Million In The Bank

Pensler files in Lansing (Mlive)

By Brandon Hall
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Businessman Sandy Pensler made his US Senate campaign official today, filing nearly 30,000 signatures with the Secretary of State.

According to Lauren Gibbons at MLive:

"Pensler, a Grosse Pointe businessman and economist, said he turned about 27,000 signatures collected using a mix of paid and volunteer petition gatherers. Statewide candidates need at least 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for office. 
Pensler formally announced his candidacy in November 2017. He is the president and founder of Pensler Capital and previously taught economics at Harvard and Yale. 
"I'm fully committed to securing our borders, fighting for lower taxes and cleaning up Washington," Pensler said in a statement. "I have a plan to create jobs and put Michigan First and the resources to run a successful campaign."

Businessman, Iraq Vet and West Point grad John James filed his signatures earlier this month. (See Let's Fly: John James Officially Files Petitions For US Senate)

Around the same time, Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced she has over $8 million in the bank for her re-election campaign.

Stabenow's $8 million doubles Pensler's $4 million on hand. John James has a little over $1 million after having his best fundraising quarter yet, nearly quadrupling his number of donors.

It is yet to be seen if historic preservationist Bob Carr will file signatures. 

Carr supporters were pleased  by a Mitchell Research poll a few weeks ago showing Carr beating James and trailing Pensler. (See Shock Senate Poll: Bob Carr Moves To 2nd Place, Pensler Maintains Lead)
Carr has raised around $4,000 and had $3 on hand according to his last FEC report.

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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1 comment:

  1. Only Pensler can win this as long as James stays in hiding.