U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R) completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey recently. Upton, who was first elected in 1986, faces Elena Oelke (R) in the Aug. 4 Republican primary for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District.
Ballotpedia asks all federal, state, and local candidates to complete a survey so voters can discover what motivates them on political and personal levels.
Select responses from Upton’s survey are below. Ballotpedia’s questions are in bold. Please see Upton’s page on Ballotpedia for his full survey responses.
Who are you? Tell us about yourself.
Congressman Fred Upton – known more commonly as “Fred” – is a sincere, hardworking leader who listens to all perspectives and achieves results for folks here in Southwest Michigan.
In the midst of these challenging times, Fred has helped rush coronavirus relief to southwest Michigan families, is working to protect Michigan seniors, and is fighting in Washington to help get our economy on the road to recovery.
Meanwhile, Fred has also continued his efforts to support our extraordinary veterans, protect our country’s national defense, preserve our Great Lakes, and increase opportunities for our agriculture industry.
In D.C. and here at home, Fred is known for his work ethic and has consistently been named one of the “Top 25 Hardest Working Members of Congress.” He delivers results for the folks he represents – always has and always will.
Fred is a graduate of the University of Michigan and remains a die-hard Wolverines fan. He and his wife Amey of 37 years are the proud parents of two children and just had their first grandchild earlier this year.
Please list below 3 key messages of your campaign. What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?
“Follow the words of Frederick Douglass: ‘I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.’”
“Get Michigan and the United States on the path to recovery”
“Work to make our nation stronger for ALL Americans”
In 2018, 1,957 candidates completed a Candidate Connection survey. This number represents 6.9% of all 28,315 candidates Ballotpedia covered during that cycle. Out of the 1,957 respondents, 477 (24.4%) won their elections.