Macomb County assistant prosecutor seeks US House seat

July 6, 2016 GMT

CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — A Macomb County assistant prosecutor plans to seek a U.S. House seat for Michigan after former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert dropped her run.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report 29-year-old Suzanna Shkreli of Clarkston is being introduced as a replacement candidate for Gilbert, who was the only Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop in the 8th District.

Shkreli, who has prosecuted cases of physical and sexual abuse against children for the past six years, says she’s “not a career politician.” The 29-year-old says she’s “in the courtroom every day, trying to protect our children from dangerous predators.”

In May, Gilbert announced that health problems forced her out of the race. She played Laura Ingalls on “Little House” in the 1970s and 1980s.