Portage, MI – Today, Dr. Matt Longjohn, a national public health leader and Democratic candidate in Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, announced that his campaign has raised $211,690 from 426 donors since announcing in July. According to FEC reports, this quarterly total is an all-time record for any Democratic candidate’s first fundraising filing in the district.
“I am humbled by the outpouring of support we have seen from hardworking people who are looking for a change in direction. Our campaign is about ensuring access to affordable and quality health care, fighting for quality of life issues across the district, and making sure middle-class families in Southwest Michigan have a voice in Congress. Our message and our efforts are clearly resonating with voters. I will continue to bring innovative ideas forward, and to hold Congressman Upton accountable for playing politics with people’s health care. His leading role in advancing the Republican health care bill this year would have been devastating to tens of thousands of Southwest Michigan families,” said Longjohn.
Since Longjohn kicked off his campaign in mid-July, he has traveled more than 5,000 miles across the district, which includes Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren, and St. Joseph counties.
Dr. Longjohn is a fifth-generation Michigander who has spent his career in working to improve the health and quality of life of Americans across the nation. Most recently, Longjohn served as the National Health Officer for the YMCA, one of the nation’s oldest and largest charities. He was the first physician leader in the Y’s 170-year history, and brought innovative community health programs to national scale which improved health, reduced health care costs and created jobs. He and his team supported local community work in Augusta, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, and 250 other cities across the nation, positively impacting 73 million people. He currently lives in Portage with his wife Valerie Miller and their two sons Max and Till. Recently, the nonpartisan organization Inside Elections moved the Michigan 6th district from being considered “Safely Republican” to “Likely Republican”, citing the excitement behind Dr. Longjohn’s candidacy.