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Peter Meijer is 4th Republican to challenge U.S. Rep. Amash

Peter Meijer portrait

A fourth Republican is challenging fifth-term U.S. Representative Justin Amash for his congressional seat in western Michigan.

Peter Meijer, whose great-grandfather and grandfather built the Meijer chain of grocery and general merchandise stores, announced his candidacy Wednesday. The 31-year-old military veteran and Grand Rapids native who served in Iraq is running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

Meijer says he's running to secure the borders, bring troops home from "senseless wars" and ensure health care doesn't bankrupt families. He says voters should expect more from politicians who spend their time "trashing each other online."

Meijer performed humanitarian aid-related work in Afghanistan and returned to Michigan to work in urban redevelopment.

Also running are state Reps. Lynn Afendoulis and Jim Lower, and veteran Tom Norton.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash from Cascade Township is the only Republican member of Congress to accuse President Donald Trump of impeachable conduct.