Portage, MI –  Dr. Matt Longjohn, a national public health leader and candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 6th district, today released a statement on Fred Upton’s announcement for re-election.

“Congressman Upton will have to deal with his increasingly out of touch record in 2018 as he seeks his 16th term. His reliable support for Speaker Ryan’s failed agenda this year has been painfully apparent. I entered this race to provide a sharp contrast to his increasingly out of touch record in Washington, and to provide new innovative solutions that will improve the health and quality of life of people here in Southwest Michigan. In 2018, voters will have a great chance to hold Mr. Upton and his lobbyist friends accountable for years of failed policy and send new leadership to Congress,” said Longjohn. 


About Matt Longjohn:

Longjohn has spent his entire career creating and running large community health programs that have improved the lives of millions of children, families and seniors. Most recently, Matt 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 ran community health programs to improve health, reduce costs and create jobs. One of these programs reduced new cases of diabetes by up to 71%, and will save Medicare $1.9 billion over 10 years by employing thousands of community health workers to help their neighbors live their healthier lives. 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. Longjohn lives in Portage, near where he was born and raised, with his wife Valerie and two sons, Till and Max. His family’s roots go back to the Civil War and he is a proud graduate of Portage Northern and Kalamazoo College.

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