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Peter Meijer says he’s optimistic about finding bipartisan solutions as he prepares to join Congress as part of a Republican minority in the U.S. House.

Meijer won in the race for the 3rd Congressional District, a district that’s now represented by the Libertarian, Justin Amash. Amash decided not to run for re-election.

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Today on Stateside, only eight days remain until Election Day. We take a look at the race for the 3rd congressional district currently held by U.S. Representative Justin Amash (L-MI 3). And what auto workers are listening for from presidential candidates.  Also, a new country album offers a wistful twang for these trying times.

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In November of 1974, Richard Vander Veen was elected to the U.S. Congress from what was then Michigan’s fifth district.

Vander Veen was from Grand Rapids. He had won a special election earlier that year, after the previous incumbent, Gerald Ford, was named Vice President. Vander Veen was the first Democrat in 60 years to be elected to represent the area in Congress. But, two years later, he lost re-election, and no Democrat has held the seat since.

Nick Colvin

Former Obama administration staff member Nick Colvin has decided to leave the race for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

Colvin announced on his personal Facebook page this week that he’s leaving the race for personal and financial reasons.

Joel Langlois surrounded by supporters
Joel Langlois campaign

West Michigan businessman Joel Langlois ends his campaign to take Justin Amash’s congressional seat.

Langlois was in a crowded field of Republican candidates running for the seat currently held by the now Independent Amash.

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Candidates running to unseat Congressman Justin Amash will debate Monday night in Grand Rapids.

Amash left the Republican Party earlier this year, after calling for an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

Amash is running for re-election as an independent, and several people are now running against him.

Joel Langlois surrounded by supporters
Joel Langlois campaign

West Michigan businessman Joel Langlois has announced he's challenging Congressman Justin Amash for Michigan's third congressional district. 

The Republican businessman joins an already crowded field of candidates challenging Amash, who recently made headlines for calling for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. 

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

A West Michigan immigration attorney says she plans to be the first Democratic woman from the area ever elected to Congress.

Hillary Scholten announced on Monday that she’s running to represent Michigan’s 3rd congressional district, which includes Grand Rapids and Battle Creek.

The district is currently represented by Congressman Justin Amash. He announced last week he’s leaving the Republican Party to run as an independent.

Scholten made her announcement to supporters at Martin Luther King Jr. park in Grand Rapids.  

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis standing at podium
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

Michigan House Representative Lynn Afendoulis announced on Thursday that she’s running for Congress.

The Republican Afendoulis is running for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes the city of Grand Rapids and Ionia, Barry and Calhoun counties.

Afendoulis says one of her biggest priorities is fixing the country’s immigration crisis.

Democrat Nick Colvin headshot
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United States Congressman Justin Amash faces another potential challenger for his seat. Democrat Nick Colvin says he will run for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District.

Colvin is a lawyer and worked in the Obama administration.

Cathy Albro
Cathy Albro Democrat for U.S. Congress


As we approach Election Day on November 6, Stateside is interviewing congressional candidates around the state about why they're running and their top priorities if elected.


Cathy Albro is the Democratic candidate in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which covers most of Kent County, as well as Barry and Ionia Counties. Albro is running against Republican incumbent Justin Amash, who declined an interview with Michigan Radio.

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Today on Stateside, we get an explainer on Proposal 2. That's the anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal that would change how the maps for legislative and congressional districts are drawn. Plus, a look at the discrimination members of the LGTBTQ community face in Michigan, even after the legalization of gay marriage. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below

Reverend Fred Wooden
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A minister and community activist in Grand Rapids wants to represent Michigan's third congressional district.

The preacher of the progressive Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids announced that he hopes to become the first Democratic candidate to represent the district in over 40 years.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Michigan U.S. Rep. Justin Amash and Democratic challenger Bob Goodrich clashed on several issues during a debate today in Grand Rapids.   

Amash and Goodrich face off in next month’s Third Congressional District election. 

The wide ranging hour long debate touched on a variety of issues, from Obamacare to terrorism.