Congressman Fred Upton has a challenger with legislative experience in 2020 should the St. Joseph Republican choose to seek reelection. State Representative Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo is in his third and final term in the Michigan House and WSJM News has confirmed he is running for the Democratic nomination for the 6th District seat. Hoadley’s House district includes Kalamazoo and part of Portage, and currently serves as the Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. He previously served as the Democratic vice chair of the House Appropriations’ Higher Education subcommittee. He and his partner, Kris, live in Kalamazoo and Hoadley has been active in promoting LGBTQ equality. Upton squeaked by to be reelected in 2018, defeating Matt Longjohn by less than 5%.
This story has been updated from an earlier version to reflect WSJM News receiving confirmation Hoadley is running for Congress.