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Insider: Michigan state senator expected to announce U.S. House campaign

Michigan state Sen. Adam Hollier is expected to announce a campaign for the U.S. House on Monday.

Hollier, a Detroit Democrat who was first elected to the Senate in 2018, will run in the new the 13th District, which includes most of Detroit, Hamtramck and the Grosse Pointes. The seat is open after redistricting and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, opted to run in the 12th District.

A campaign committee called "Adam Hollier for Congress" launched on Thursday, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Hollier, 36, is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools and attended Cornell University, where he played on the varsity football team. He had been selected as a co-chair of the Senate Democrats' 2022 campaign efforts before opting to run for Congress. 

He's poised to be a prominent factor in the 13th District Democratic primary, which also features state Rep. Shri Thanedar, D-Detroit, a self-funding former gubernatorial candidate.

Michael Griffie, an attorney who serves as senior managing director of external affairs at Detroit's Teach for America's Detroit chapter, and former Detroit police Chief Ralph Godbee have also announced campaigns in the 13th.

Kildee gets COVID aid 

Democrats in Washington came to the aid of U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, to ensure he was well-hydrated and his pantry well-stocked after he tested positive last week for COVID-19.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, sent her colleague Gatorade, and Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, sent him dessert. 

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, provided Diet Cokes and chicken noodle soup, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, contributed bagels and matzoh ball soup. Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-California, gave Kildee salad and appetizers. 

Kildee, 63, was in Washington when he tested positive for COVID. He's been vaccinated and boosted and has mild symptoms, his office said. He voted remotely by proxy while quarantining and recovering at home.

Moolenaar pushes school choice 

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, introduced a resolution in the House last week marking National School Choice Week, which runs Jan. 23-29.

The measure urges parents "to learn more about the education options available to them" and says "the process by which parents choose schools for their children is nonpolitical, nonpartisan and deserves the utmost respect." 

Moolenaar spoke on the House floor Wednesday highlighting a social media post by the Michigan Democratic Party questioning the role parents have in deciding what is taught in public schools. The party later deleted the post.

"Parents absolutely have the right to know what their kids are learning and over the past year and a half, they've been fighting back against administrators and unions who have kept students out of the classroom," Moolenaar said. 

He said when Chicago schoolteachers went on strike this month amid the surge in cases attributed to the omicron variant, phones at private schools rang off the hook from parents who had "finally had enough."

"Parents and students should be given every opportunity to find a classroom where the kids can attend in person, see their friends and learn directly from a teacher," Moolenaar added.