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Durant a 'rebel with a cause'

Clark Durant addresses the crowd at Midwest Steel. photo by Joe Warner.

May 17, 2012
A sleepy Monday morning on Detroit's east side awoke to bright sunshine and the rumble of Harley-Davidsons.

It was a gang on a mission, led by Clark Durant, the "rebel with a cause" who will vie for the Republican nod for U.S. Senate. Durant, of Grosse Pointe Farms, will face several in the primary challenge, most notably former gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra. The winner challenges Democrat Debbie Stabenow in November.

Durant submitted his nominating petitions Monday, May 14, after a send-off rally at Midwest Steel in Detroit. Several bikers led the way to Lansing – with a couple stops along the way – and the caravan included many who helped gather the 24,274 signatures from all of Michigan's 83 counties.

Flanked by his supporters, employees of Midwest Steel and the media, Durant said he appreciates the grassroots effort around him.

Durant’s wife, Susan, proudly shows her support at the May 14 rally. photo by Joe Warner.
"All of these signatures, 24,000-plus, have come from Republicans, Democrats and independents, all of whom are upset with our country the way it is," Durant said. "This is going to be a day of freedom in America, because we are going to begin this road and challenge the status quo to restore our country's freedom and to allow people to create more jobs and more opportunity for young people and old people and that's what this campaign is going to be about."

Durant said more than 589 volunteers collected signatures for the petitions.

Gary Broad, president of Midwest Steel, said Durant has the credentials to represent Michigan and help Detroit, which leads the way for the rest of the state.

"Clark has already accomplished a lot here," Broad said. "Detroit and the state have a lot of positives. And Clark would represent us in a dynamic way."

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