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      Jim Ananich to run for vacated Senate seat

      Jim Ananich - (D) Flint

      A local state representative has announced he'll run for a seat in the opposing chamber.

      Democrat Jim Ananich of Flint is the first candidate to announce a run for the state seat being vacated by Senator John Gleason. Gleason can no longer serve because of a term limit.

      Gleason was elected Genesee County Clerk in November and plans to resign next month from the Senate.

      Ananich would run in a special election.

      "I would like the opportunity to serve more constituents in Genesee County and the senate. You know I have had a track record of getting things done in Lansing even in a pretty partisan environment," said Ananich.

      The winner of the special election would serve out the rest of Gleason's term which expires in 2014.