Meijer, Upton declare victories in primary for US House


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Peter Meijer has declared victory in the Republican primary for the 3rd U.S. District.

Meijer is a Grand Rapids businessman and the grandson of Meijer founder Fred Meijer.

“What I’m also really proud of is the fact that we wanted to do a little something different in our campaign. We wanted to make this in the spirit of Jerry Ford, in the spirit of Paul Henry, in the spirit of Vern Ehlers — focusing on the community — because I think way to often everything gets nationalized, everything in our politics get binary,” Meijer said.

The 3rd U.S. District includes Kent, Ionia, Barry and Calhoun counties.

The other candidates in the race were State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, Joe Farrington, Tom Norton and Emily Rafi. 

“I’m confident that together we can find those solutions, we can find a way through COVID(-19), we can find a way through the economic unrest that’s already befallen us and emerge stronger out the other side,” Meijer said.

The Michigan Republican Party released the following statement:

“Tonight, I would like to congratulate Peter Meijer on the big victory in his primary. When Michigan’s 3rd congressional district needed a voice in Washington, Justin Amash turned his back on his constituents. Peter is a conservative veteran who will bring strong, stable, and effective representation to West Michigan – and never turn his back on us.”

“The Democrats hand-picked candidate in Michigan’s 3rd congressional district stands no chance against Peter this November. Hillary Scholten is just another Obama administration alum who will be a rubber stamp on Nancy Pelosi in Congress instead of fighting for what’s right for West Michigan.”

Meijer will face Democratic candidate Hillary Scholten in November.

“We have taken this from a grassroots effort, a few small individuals gathered in a city park a year ago, to a nationally recognized, million-dollar campaign that is ready to make history here by electing the first Democrat in decades and the first woman ever to represent this district,” Scholten told News 8 in a Zoom call Tuesday night.

In Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton has declared victory. He has served in the House since 1987.

He was challenged by realtor Elena Oelke.

State Rep. Jon Hoadley will challenge Upton in November after winning the Democratic primary.

The 6th District represents Kalamazoo Allegan, Van Buren, St. Joseph, Cass and Berrien counties.

In the 13th Congressional District, Rashida Tlaib won a challenge for her seat in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago.

Her opponent in Tuesday’s primary was Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who lost by 1 percentage point in 2018 when the primary field was larger. Jones on the same day defeated Tlaib to later fill out the remainder of John Conyers’ term.

The 13th District is in and around Detroit. Tlaib, 44, will face an underdog Republican candidate in November.

In the 12th Congressional District, Third-term Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell won the primary.

The 66-year-old Dingell, of Dearborn, defeated liberal challenger Solomon Rajput on Tuesday, all but ensuring her re-election in November to the seat that is heavily Democratic.

The 12th District stretches between Ann Arbor and the Detroit suburbs.

In 2015, she succeeded her husband, John — the longest-serving member of Congress in history, who died in 2019.

She sits on the House Energy and Natural Resources committees.

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