Hoadley to challenge Upton in U.S. House race

Southwest Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A state representative from West Michigan plans to announce he will run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Jon Hoadley, a Democrat who is in his third term representing Kalamazoo, parts of Portage and Kalamazoo Township, will make the announcement on Monday.

24 Hour News 8 talked with him exclusively to confirm he was running and about why he made the decision. He says it’s time to focus on people, not special interest.

“There are people in our district that cannot turn on the tap because they’re worried about their drinking water,” he said. “There are families that can’t afford to both take care of their children with day care and an aging parent. These are examples of where decisions that have been made over the past 10, 20 and 30 years have resulted in dis-investment in people and in our community.

Hoadley’s early entrance into the race for the 6th Congressional District comes less than two years after a political unknown, Democrat Matt Longjohn, challenged incumbent Congressman Fred Upton in what became a closer-than-expected race. Upton won by less than 5 percent.

In the last cycle, the success of challengers around the country may lead to many others trying this time around, with Hoadley’s announcement being only the first of what will be many in the months to come.

This will be the last time anyone runs for any of these districts. After the 2020 census and the new redistricting rules in the state, all congressional districts will be redrawn, perhaps dramatically.

That is just one more wild card as we head into a big election cycle on your local election headquarters.

The Upton campagian released the following statement Monday:

“Fred Upton has always been focused on fighting for common-sense ideas that actually work and help southwest Michigan’s families. So far this year, Fred has been receiving tremendous feedback from folks here at home on a number of bipartisan issues he’s been working on, including the economy, PFAS, protecting the Great Lakes, improving health care, and more. We understand there are those excited to start politicking, but right now Fred’s energy and efforts are focused on solving problems.”

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