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Endorsement: Who we choose in Michigan's 10th Congressional District U.S. House primary

Open congressional seats always draw considerable interest, and that's certainly the case this year in Michigan's 10th District primary.

No incumbents are running in the newly drawn district. Two Republicans and five Democrats have qualified for positions on the ballot for the Aug. 2 primary.

On the Republican side, businessman and former Army ranger John James is facing Tony Marcinkewciz of Macomb, a far-right activist who wants to defund the government and put Dr. Anthony Fauci and others involved in the COVID-19 shutdowns on trial.

James, of Farmington Hills, flew Apache helicopters in the Iraq War and is a pragmatic conservative who promises to focus on improving America's business climate through smarter trade, workforce development and making it easier for businesses to stay and grow here.

He lost two close Senate campaigns, one each to current Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow.

As someone who has experienced combat, he advocates for restraint in foreign entanglements. He also would attack inflation by constraining government spending and encouraging petroleum production. 

A proven leader, James brings good judgment, maturity and a spirit of service to the race. 

John James is the better choice in the 10 District Republican primary.

The Democratic candidates are Huwaida Arraf of Macomb, a human rights attorney; former Macomb prosecutor and retired Probate Judge Carl Marlinga of Sterling Heights; Rhonda Powell of Mount Clemens, who was fired as Macomb County Health and Community Services director; Warren Councilwoman Angela Rogensues, and former state representative and current Sterling Heights Councilman Henry Yanez. 

Our preference among the Democrats is Angela Rogensues, the head of a Detroit marketing agency. She is a hard-working public official who would bring energy and good business sense to Congress.

As a councilwoman, Rogensues pushed to end lucrative benefits for public officials, including lifetime health insurance for council members. That sort of stewardship of taxpayer dollars would be welcome in Washington.

A match-up featuring James and Rogensues would provide 10th District voters with a choice between two ambitious and exciting young candidates, both of whom should have a bright future in Michigan politics.