This story was reported and written by Art Aisner.
Birmingham businessman Dave Trott announced Wednesday he will challenge U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) for his seat in Congress in 2014.
Bentivolio represents the 11th Congressional District, which includes Farmington.
"As a job-creator, I will work every day to create an environment where our economy can grow," Trott said in a news release. "I am committed to cutting spending, lowering taxes and promoting the free enterprise system that made our country great. Washington is not working and needs a leader with the common sense and courage to tell the truth."
Trott, an attorney, also launched a campaign website Wednesday, and announced the support of several key Republican supporters, including former congressional candidate Rocky Raczkowski, a Farmington Hills native.
"What you see with Dave is what you get," Raczkowski said in a written statement. "Our district doesn't need another person that will do what Washington insiders want them to do. We need a person that works for us."
Though he didn't mention Bentivolio — a freshman representative elected following the Thaddeus McCotter petition scandal — by name, Trott did allude to the incumbent when he said he intended to "spend time helping the constituents of the 11thdistrict, as opposed to someone who is only concentrated on getting reelected."
Bentivolio's did not immediately respond to Patch for a comment.