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.