LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jon Hoadley is the right person to represent us in Congress

State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D – Kalamazoo) is the leading Democratic candidate to replace Fred Upton as our U.S. Congressman. Jon has been an outstanding state representative and he will be an outstanding member of the U.S. Congress.

Jon Hoadley is a strong advocate for health care reform. In the Michigan legislature, he co-sponsored the Health Over Profits for Everyone (H.O.P.E.) bill, which aims to lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications and doctor visits while increasing accountability for pharmaceutical companies engaged in price gouging.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jon has been an outspoken advocate for a national strategy based on the guidance of scientific experts. He has criticized the lack of such a strategy from the Trump administration and has supported the positive public health initiatives of Gov. Whitmer.

In addition to health care reform, Jon Hoadley has been a strong voice for workers. He introduced legislation to crack down on payroll fraud and to create a registry of companies outsourcing jobs overseas. He vigorously opposed the anti-democratic action of state Republican legislators who gutted the One Fair Wage and Michigan Time to Care laws, which were established by citizen-led ballot initiatives.

Jon Hoadley has always advocated for proper funding for Michigan’s schools. He is a champion for teachers and students.

Unlike Fred Upton, Jon is a consistent advocate for the environment. 

Rep. Hoadley has strongly supported nonpartisan redistricting and no-excuse absentee voting, which became law in Michigan after being approved by a citizen-led ballot initiative.

Jon Hoadley remains committed to health care reform, raising wages for working people, implementing paid sick leave, increasing education funding, protecting the environment, reforming elections, and ending all forms of discrimination. He is a strong, principled, energetic leader — we need him as our representative in the U.S. Congress.

Larry Feldman