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America had just turned 200, West Michigan native Gerald Ford was President, disco was big, and most Republicans were decent.

That year, Congressman Dick VanderVeen - a Democrat who had won a 1974 special election to replace then-VP Ford in Congress - lost his bid for re-election. Ever since then, Greater Grand Rapids has been represented exclusively by Republicans.

Steve Pestka wants to change that.

Pestka, a longtime fixture on the West Michigan political scene, announced today that he is running for Congress in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District. Pestka has served as a assistant prosecutor, Kent County Commissioner, State Representative, and Circuit Court judge.

Pestka is the second Democratic candidate to enter this exciting race. Trevor Thomas, a rising star in our Party, has worked for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network for the Granholm Administration; he jumped in the race three weeks ago. Either one will make a fine Congressman.

The new 3rd District includes all of Calhoun, Ionia, and Barry counties, a piece of Montcalm County, and most of Kent County. Grand Rapids and Battle Creek are the two big cities in the district.

Pestka has already earned the endorsements of former Congressman Mark Schauer; State Representatives Brandon Dillon, Roy Schmidt, and Kate Segal; and a host of local Party activists and elected officials and Democratic Party activists.

Thomas has landed two big endorsements in recent days: Both Granholm and her lieutenant governor, John Cherry, have endorsed Thomas. In addition, Thomas has already raised nearly $19,000 on his ActBlue page alone - not to mention much more offline.

A recent poll showed Amash leading Pestka in a hypothetical matchup 50-39, but after respondents were given positive statements about each candidate, Pestka pulled within two. When positives and negatives were added to the mix, Pestka actually led 47-43.

Combine that with Amash's 25% approval rating, and you'll see that Amash is in big trouble.

As long as we have a healthy primary contest, and as long as our nominee fights for progressive Democratic values, Amash will have a heck of a fight on his hands!

Originally posted to Michigan, My Michigan on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 10:42 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Soylent Green is people, my friend.

    by ScottyUrb on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 10:43:00 AM PST

  •  Pestka is anti-choice. Thomas is pro-choice. (0+ / 0-)

    How is Pestka an improvement over Amash as far as women are concerned?

    Those fakes and frauds talk the Jesus talk, but they walk the Ayn Rand walk. Kossack Joe Bacon 7 February 2012

    by CoExistNow on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 11:20:02 AM PST

  •  Orange to Blue questionnaire (0+ / 0-)

    It would be appreciated if the candidate or an official campaign spokesperson could respond to the following questions:

    Orange to Blue questionnaire

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 12:54:31 PM PST

  •  I don't want Pestka (0+ / 0-)

    I am tired of holding my nose to vote.

    I'm guessing he will have more money backing him; it looks like he may also get the endorsement of Carl Levin; and his name is better known than Trevor Thomas'.

    So I guess I am supposed to hold my nose and vote for the anti-choice politician just to get rid of the nutjob Amash. UGH.

    These people have run out of others to blame, run out of bystanders to suspect, run out of decent family people to dismiss as Godless, sex-crazed perverts. They’re turning the gun on themselves now. - Matt Taibbi

    by BitterEnvy on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:02:02 AM PST

  •  Steve Pestka Has the Endorsement (0+ / 0-)

    of every elected Democrat in the district -- State Representatives Roy Schmidt, Brandon Dillon and Kate Segal -- along with every County Commissioner and former Congressman Mark Schauer and Senator Carl Levin. West Michigan Democrats have made their preference overwhelmingly known to the outside world. Time for everyone to rally to Steve.

    Steve's Greenberg Quinlan poll has him up 4 points as Scott mentions. Trevor's polling is apparently so bad that he refuses to show it to anyone.

    It's simple, if you want to get rid of Amash, there is only one choice -- Steve Pestka.

    West Michigan Rising the blog for progressives building our left coast

    by philgoblue on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:53:25 AM PST

    •  It's definitely not simple (0+ / 0-)

      Instead, it will be painful since I've never before voted for an anti-choice politician. It's sad if this is the best the Democratic party has.

      These people have run out of others to blame, run out of bystanders to suspect, run out of decent family people to dismiss as Godless, sex-crazed perverts. They’re turning the gun on themselves now. - Matt Taibbi

      by BitterEnvy on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 01:34:29 PM PST

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