Republican Young launches campaign for US Senate seat

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bob Young Jr. launched his U.S. Senate campaign Wednesday, touting his conservative record and becoming the second Republican to seek the nomination to challenge third-term Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2018.

Young, who was an appellate judge for 22 years, announced his candidacy at an empty Detroit lot where his childhood home once stood.

“I’m not a politician. I’m a judge,” he said during the announcement shown in a Facebook live video. “But when I get to D.C., I’m going to lay down the law. No more big government, no more spending beyond our means.”

Young, 66, disclosed his plans to run last week at a meeting of local Republicans in Midland. He stepped down from the high court in April after serving there for 18 years.

He described himself as a black conservative Republican — three words “almost never uttered in the same sentence” — and said he cut the judiciary’s size and cost while serving as the court’s longest-serving chief justice.