3rd District candidates call for change in US Congress


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — No matter where you live in Michigan, when you head to the polls Tuesday, you will be choosing a member of Congress to represent you.

The 3rd Congressional District is made up of five counties: Calhoun, Barry, Ionia, most of Kent and a small part of Montcalm.

Republican Justin Amash is running for re-election to a fifth term. His challenger is political newcomer Democrat Cathy Albro.

Interestingly, both candidates are concerned about the state of political discourse in this country.

“I see people who want to just crush each other instead of work together and that’s really sad. And it’s not just the politicians doing it — people at home are contributing to it and I think that we all have to do a better job,” said Congressman Amash.

“The tone in this country, the divisiveness, I want to work to change that,” Albro said.

Albro said her experiences while working in education partly compelled her to run for office. 

“For 30 years as I’ve been a teacher and then working with teachers, I’ve had a burning need to advocate for these children and these families who need so much more than what this country gives them,” she explained.

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Amash is running again partially because he believes he brings a different perspective to Washington, apart from the left or right. He says he thinks that is what voters are looking for.

“I think they want an independent-minded candidate. I don’t think they’re looking for right wing, I don’t think they’re looking for left wing. I don’ think they want a partisan (lawmaker) there who’s just going to go there and agree with Speaker Ryan all the time or Nancy Pelosi all the time. They want someone that’s independent-minded. I’ve provided that,” Amash said.

Albro says she would seek to change the culture in Washington to push for results.

“We need to change the whole mindset in Congress and then work together to solve our problems rather than be always fighting and at each other’s throats, repealing and replacing. We’re wasting money and we’re wasting time and a lot of people are suffering because of that,” she said.

U.S. Taxpayers candidate Ted Gerrard is also running for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

Polls for the Nov. 6 election open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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