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Ex-US attorney Miles running for Michigan attorney general

September 28, 2017
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Patrick Miles Jr., a former U.S. attorney in West Michigan, is running for state attorney general in 2018.

Miles is announcing his candidacy today in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit.

He's the second Democrat to enter the race, joining Detroit-area lawyer Dana Nessel.

Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette can't seek for the office again and is running for governor.

Democrats will choose their attorney general nominees at conventions next summer.

The 49-year-old Miles became the first black U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan when President Barack Obama appointed him in 2012. Miles resigned in January when Donald Trump took office.

The Harvard Law School graduate spent 21 years at Grand Rapids law firms before becoming a federal prosecutor.

He ran for Congress in 2010 but lost to Republican Justin Amash.

He was honored as one of the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2002, 2005 and 2007 and the 40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumnus in 2015.

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