Matt Longjohn endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Matt Longjohn endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren

Longjohn receives major national endorsement from Senator Elizabeth Warren

Portage- Today, Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Dr. Matt Longjohn,  announced that Senator Elizabeth Warren has endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“Dr. Matt Longjohn will bring a valuable and much-needed voice to Congress. As a physician, Matt has a proven record of putting people first — not Wall Street, billionaires, or CEOs who already have too much influence in Washington. Matt will never stop fighting until families in Michigan have access to affordable healthcare and prescription drugs. I’m thrilled to endorse him”, said Senator Warren.

Longjohn also commented on the endorsement.

“I am thrilled to be endorsed by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren has been a champion for the middle-class in the Senate, protecting consumers and putting forth people-first policies while taking on the big corporations and billionaires who have too much influence in Washington. When I am elected to Congress I will be equally committed to advancing these people-first policies to improve the health and quality of lives of as many people possible.” said Longjohn.

 

Clean Water Action Endorses Matt Longjohn for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District

Clean Water Action Endorses Matt Longjohn for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District

LANSING– Today, Clean Water Action announced its endorsement of Matt Longjohn for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District.

“Throughout his career as a doctor and advocate, Matt Longjohn has shown the depth of his commitment to protecting our environment and public health. His record as a public health advocate is substantial, and we are confident that he will continue the fight in Congress,” said Mary Brady-Enerson, Clean Water Action Michigan Director. “Michigan needs congressional representatives like Matt Longjohn. Our water is in a state of crisis, and we must have representatives who are willing and able to stand up to the dirty water agenda of the Trump administration,” concluded Brady-Enerson.

Longjohn is running against incumbent representative and noted climate change denier Fred Upton, who voted to remove stream and wetland protections, to fast track approval for oil and gas pipelines, and to make it easier for fossil fuel corporations to influence EPA’s scientific review process during his current term. Longjohn has been an outspoken public health advocate throughout his career, serving as National Health Officer for YMCA since 2001.

“Michigan residents understand how valuable our fresh water is. It is time for the residents of the 6th district to have a representative who understands that as well. Matt Longjohn will fight for our water resources, oppose further cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and work to prevent the Trump administration from undoing all the progress we’ve made on Great Lakes protections,” said Brady-Enerson. “We are proud to endorse Matt’s campaign for the 6th congressional district, and look forward to working with him as a legislator. The choice is clear – Matt Longjohn for Congress.”

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Clean Water Action is Michigan’s largest grassroots conservation group with over 250,000 members across the state. Through direct advocacy and education they organize Michigan residents to protect the Great Lakes and our water resources. Learn more at www.cleanwateraction.org/mi

Longjohn To Face Upton In November

Longjohn To Face Upton In November

We now know who will face Congressman Fred Upton in November. Coming out on top of the Democratic primary on Tuesday was Kalamazoo County doctor Matt Longjohn. He told WSJM News when launching his campaign that he decided to run because he has the experience as a doctor and former public health official to reform the nation’s healthcare system. He said Tuesday night he thinks he has a serious chance of defeating Upton.

“To get from here to November, I’m feeling good about that blue wave and the tail wind that we have and the energy in this room, and the fact that twice as many people showed up to vote today as in past primaries,” Longjohn said.

Longjohn’s campaign has focused heavily on fixing the healthcare system and reforming campaign finance. He has promised not to take any corporate PAC money. Longjohn also hasn’t been afraid to attack Fred Upton. Running against Longjohn in the Sixth District Democratic primary Tuesday were David Benac, Rich Eichholz, and George Franklin. Franklin in a statement late Tuesday congratulated Longjohn, adding “I support Matt Longjohn in his effort to become the next Congressman of the 6th Congressional district.”

Longjohn wins crowded ticket Upton to take on ‘Blue Wave’ for 6th District

Longjohn wins crowded ticket Upton to take on ‘Blue Wave’ for 6th District

KALAMAZOO — Standing on a makeshift stage inside Bell’s Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo, Matt Longjohn excitedly addressed his crowd of supporters as his victory in Tuesday’s primary was showcased on a large projector screen.

The 46-year-old Democrat referred to his party nomination as the beginning of the “Blue Wave” movement in Michigan, as he now prepares to face incumbent Fred Upton in November’s general election.

“Too many people are working too hard and not being able to make ends meet. This is about putting people first,” Longjohn said Tuesday night. “… This is just the end of the beginning. We have so much more to do. On to Nov. 6.”

Upton, R-St. Joseph, won his party’s nomination Tuesday with no opposition. Seeking a 17th consecutive term, Upton witnessed a rejuvenated opposition this year with an influx of Democratic candidates.

Longjohn, who waited until 11:15 p.m. to declare victory Tuesday, received nearly 38 percent of the votes – finishing with a total of 35,385 votes. In addition, Longjohn secured the most votes in each county within the district.

George Franklin, a Glenn resident, finished Tuesday with the second most votes from his party by claiming 25,108 votes. That was enough for more than 26 percent of Democratic voters.

Franklin released a statement following his primary defeat Tuesday, where he thanked his supporters and conceded the race to Longjohn.

“I would like to congratulate Matt Longjohn on his victory tonight. There is no doubt Michigan’s 6th District is ready for change,” Franklin wrote. “We need a health care system that works for everyone, and no one should go without clean water. I support Matt Longjohn in his effort to become the next congressman of the 6th congressional district.”

David Benac and Rich Eichholz rounded out the bottom half of the Democratic ticket.

Benac, a history professor at Western Michigan University, received 21,097 votes Tuesday, which accounted for 22 percent of the votes. Eichholz, a retired scientist who lives in New Buffalo, collected 12,283 votes – about 13 percent of Democratic votes.

The four-way primary battle marked the first time since 1984 that more than one Democrat has sought the Southwest Michigan seat. That was two years before Upton was first elected to Congress.

The winner’s circle

The district that Longjohn and Upton will focus on this fall includes Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties – along with the majority of Allegan County.

Longjohn said he hopes to improve the health and quality of life for everyone in Southwest Michigan and across the U.S.

The Portage resident said his national career with the YMCA and his ability to influence Medicare policy makes him the best option for the country’s most urgent of needs.

Longjohn’s decision to run came from his visit to the nation’s capital last year. When he was trying to figure out how to volunteer, Longjohn said he was encouraged to run during his visit to the Democratic Party’s office. As a newcomer to politics, Longjohn said he wants to emphasize not just health care, but public health.

Upton, who was re-elected in 2016 with 59 percent of the vote, released a statement on the amount of attention his district’s race is now getting.

The congressman said he looks forward to public forums, debates and “connecting directly with voters to discuss what’s important to them.”

“Our campaign reflects the common-sense, bipartisan work we’ve done and will continue to do. From improving health care, boosting our economy, preserving our Great Lakes, and more. That’s what our campaign will be focused on: the issues,” Upton’s statement said. “We must continue all working together to make Southwest Michigan a great place to live, work and raise a family. We look forward to a tough, clean campaign contrasting our visions for the future.”

Newly elected candidate takes shot at Rep. Fred Upton’s corporate campaign contributions

Newly elected candidate takes shot at Rep. Fred Upton’s corporate campaign contributions

The race is heating up for southwest Michigan’s seat in Congress. Newly elected Democrat candidate, Matt Longjohn is up against incumbent, Representative Fred Upton. The two will campaign for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, ahead of the General Election in November.

Longjohn took at the long-time Congressman’s corporate campaign contributions during an interview Wednesday.

“Transparency in campaign finance, I think, is just the beginning of what we should expect from anyone in office,” said Longjohn.

The Democrat candidate claimed the incumbent has received up to 80 percent of his campaign funds from corporate Political Action Committee (PAC) money. He called money from PACs “dark money.”

“He’s faced difficult votes. He’s faced votes on health care and the tax bill and various things like this. And if you line up his votes and you saw the people protesting on health or protesting on the tax bill, his votes went towards the interest of his corporate donors,” said Longjohn. “I don’t think that that’s something we should worry about as voters, whether our politicians are bought and paid for.”

Instead of focusing on political tactics, Upton wrote in a statement, “We must continue all working together to make Southwest Michigan a great place to live, work, and raise a family. We look forward to a tough, clean campaign contrasting our visions for the future.”

Longjohn said he quit his job as a former doctor and health care innovator to take on his campaign, competing against Upton’s 32 years as the representative.

“Health and healthcare is something everyone cares about and to be able to put forth new ideas, especially to contrast with Mr. Upton’s record in that area is something that we’re ready to do,” said Longjohn. “It became a realization to me after last year’s health care debates that someone needed to be included. Someone with a different voice, with experience with some perspective on health care and health care innovation and healthcare reform.”

Upton reminds voters he’s heading to the general election with 32 years of results.

“Our campaign reflects the common-sense, bipartisan work we’ve done and will continue to do. From improving health care, boosting our economy, preserving our Great Lakes, and more. That’s what our campaign will be focused on: the issues,” he wrote in a statement. “Lots of folks are paying attention and that’s a good thing. As always, we’re looking forward to public forums, debates, and connecting directly with voters to discuss what’s important to them.”

Michigan’s 6th Congressional District includes all of Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties and most of Allegan County.