GOP Lining Up for Governor Run

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Two Republican state lawmakers have entered the race to challenge Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2006.

Senator Nancy Cassis of Novi and Representative Jack Hoogendyk of Kalamazoo say they can do a better job than Granholm of leading an economic recovery in Michigan.

The lawmakers officially announced their candidacies Thursday.

Cassis is a former school psychologist and Novi city council member who has served in the Legislature for eight years.

Hoogendyk is former sales and marketing executive who's starting his second term in the state House.

A Granholm spokesman says the Democratic governor is not focusing on GOP candidates, but is rather working to improve the economy, schools and health care.