Representative Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) announced Monday that he plans to run for Governor of Michigan.

The current governor, Democrat Jennifer Granholm, cannot make another bid for the office due to term limitations.

Though Michigan went heavily for the Democrats in the November 2008 election, the recent auto industry troubles in the state have caused Granholm to take a hit in popularity.

Because of this, Hoekstra said he hopes that Lt. Governor John Cherry, one of the current Democratic candidates, runs on the same policies as Granholm.

I hope that John Cherry and the Democrats run on Jennifer Granholm's record, Hoekstra said in an interview with a local radio show.

The slogan's very simple on the other side: if nothing changes, nothing changes.

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