HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Holland Mayor Kurt Dysktra ended months of speculation on Friday by announcing that he would not seek the Republican nomination for the 2014 US Senate race in Michigan. The full-time attorney began what was initially seen as a tongue-in-cheek campaign in early May, when he presented a Dykstra 4 Senate slide presentation during the Tulip Time Festival luncheon.
His name had received better than expected support in polling, but political punsters wondered if he had the needed statewide name recognition and financial support to be a viable candidate, while others may have used his opposition of expanding Holland's anti-gay discrimination ordinance to include LGBT against him in any Senate campaign.
Dykstra is running unopposed this November for a third two-year term as Holland Mayor. Hope College alum Terry Lynn Land is the only announced GOP Senate candidate, while Congressman Gary Peters looks to replace fellow Democrat Carl Levin, who is retiring.