Clark to challenge Upton
Published 4:35 am Wednesday, April 5, 2006
THREE OAKS - Kim Clark, Three Oaks businessman and community leader will announce his candidacy for the United States Congress today.
Running as the Democratic candidate for Michigan's 6th District, he is challenging 18-year Republican incumbent Fred Upton in the election to be held Nov. 7, 2006.
Clark will make his official announcement today at 11 a.m. at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive in Three Oak.
He will also be at the Kalamazoo Democratic Headquarters, 3254 S. Westnedge, in the late afternoon.
Clark is supported by members of the Michigan Democratic Party, including County Chairpersons from the 6th District, and his grassroots supporters.
Although Clark is running in Michigan, he said many of the issues that concern him are national issues as well.
Clark, who was born on April 6, 1959, in Texas, has been a resident of Three Oaks for 10 years, where he owns and operates the Acorn Theater with his partner David Fink. He is a community leader who has played, and continues to play, a key role in the revitalization of this Southwest Michigan town.
Clark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Loyola University, and has a degree in Christian Education from Moody Bible Institute. He is an ordained minister, and an adjunct professor at DePaul University, where he currently teaches screenwriting.
Clark brings business and leadership acumen to his candidacy. He has had a successful business career as Assistant Vice President at Chicago's Cosmopolitan National Bank; Executive Vice President of TeleStudies, a consulting firm; Associate Creative Director at Young and Rubicam, LLP, New York; and as a Partner in Lakeside Management, Inc., a corporate crisis management company.
The Clark campaign is already well underway, with offices in Three Oaks and Kalamazoo. “My campaign is about the citizens who are tired of the government of George Bush, Tom Delay and Fred Upton. It's about returning to government by and of the people,” Clark said.