State Sen. Darwin Booher considers a run for Congress after Dave Camp announced he will not seek re-election

35th district state Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.
35th district state Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.

EVART — It all comes down to where he can be of the most benefit an Evart native will decide if he wants to represent Michigan in Washington.

State Sen. Darwin Booher, R- Evart, has showed some interest in the Fourth Congressional District seat after Monday's announcement that U.S. Rep. Dave Camp would not be seeking reelection.

“I was thinking about running and my name has come up as someone who may be running,” Booher said. "I'm weighing that as a possibility, so don’t count me out of it just yet.”

To get on the ballot, Booher will have to collect nearly 1,000 signatures of registered voters within the Fourth District. As a state senator, Booher represents a good portion of the Fourth District and he believes he has the numbers to run.

"I understand that others have announced or are considering the same seat, but I represent about 30 percent of those voters in that district," Booher said. "My numbers are a little higher than my other colleagues considering the same seat."

Though he is considering running for the seat this November, Booher has yet to make the announcement official. He believes he first should consider what is best for the people of Michigan.

“Will I be able to do more good for the people I represent at the state level or can I make a difference and help straighten the mess in Washington serving at the national level?” Booher said. “That is what I need to know before making my decision.”

Booher will not have long to ponder his decision because the deadline for getting his name on the primary ballot is April 22.

“I postponed filing for my re-election because I would like to consider my options,” Booher said. "We're ready to file, but waiting because I'm confident I could make difference in Washington. I just need to know where I will serve the people of Michigan better."

Booher will discuss running with his family and hopes to have a decision made within the week about his possibility of running for Congress.

"My family will support my decision," Booher said. Wether it's running for Congress or my current role as state senator, they have always supported me."