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Carra says he’ll primary Upton

By: - March 23, 2021 8:24 am

Rep. Steve Carra (right) and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (left)

State Rep. Steve Carra (R-Three Rivers) has only been in office a few months, but he’s already made waves for attending Michigan protests against Congress certifying President Joe Biden’s Electoral College win and the COVID-19 vaccine during Biden’s February visit to Pfizer in Kalamazoo.

Now Carra has set his sights on Congress and plans to challenge longtime U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), who represents the 6th District covering Kalamazoo and much of Southwest Michigan.

“It’s time to replace Fred Upton with a proven conservative. I’m ready and would appreciate your support – formal announcement forthcoming!” Carra wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

Upton has angered some right-wing activists with his votes to impeach now-former President Donald Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, protect Dreamers and take away the committee posts of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who has attacked a school shooting survivor and backed QAnon conspiracies. However, Upton has taken sever high-profile conservative votes, like voting against the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill and LGBTQ rights in the Equality Act.

New district boundaries for 2022 have not been drawn yet by the state’s independent redistricting commission, but candidates do not have to live in the congressional district in which they’re running.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 22-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQ+ people, the state budget, the economy and more. She previously served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 90 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 5,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 80 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two kids along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.