Former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Young officially announces run for U.S. Senate

Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young Jr. officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate Wednesday, June 28, describing himself as a “black, conservative Republican” who will lay down the law in Washington. He said that “black, conservative Republicann” are three words “almost never spoken in the English language.”

In a statement to the media sent Wednesday morning, Young said if elected he would focus on reducing the size of government and preventing government from "getting in the way of businesses and communities solving problems and creating jobs."  “Michigan used to be a place where the limits were only on how hard we worked and how high we could aspire,” he said. “And we need to make Michigan that way again - for everyone.”

Streamed live on his Facebook page, Young's announcement confirmed what Young had already informally announced at a Republican meeting in Mt. Pleasant on June 19. He officially announced his candidacy on a blighted street corner in Detroit.  

Young said the blighted corner at 14th Street and McGraw, near his childhood home, demonstrates one of the main reasons he wants to run, saying a wasteful federal war on poverty has left conditions about the same as they were in 1967.  “I'm the disruptor that D.C. needs,” Young said, promising to end big government and what he described as insane excess federal spending.

Young joins businesswoman Lena Epstein, who co-chaired President Donald Trump’s Michigan campaign in 2016, as a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, who is seeking a fourth six-year term.

“People like Debbie Stabenow don't want change,” Young said. “They want to keep doing the same things, even though the results are bad.”

Supreme Court candidates are mostly promoted through TV ads and don't talk about specific issues. Young will have to explain where he stands on a variety of topics.

“'m not a no-government person, but I'm a limited-government person,” he said.

A message seeking comment was left with Stabenow's staff.

Young said she has made people dependent on government.  “You only have to look at Detroit and Flint to see what 50 years of liberal policy has done to those once proud, self-reliant communities,” the Detroit native said.

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