Amash survives Ellis challenge


By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:06 am on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Justin Amash

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, once again earned the Republican nod for congressman for Michigan’s 3rd District by defeating fellow Republican challenger Brian Ellis on Tuesday.

Amash won 39,640 votes, compared to 29,386 to Ellis.

In Montcalm County, Amash snuck by Ellis by just one vote, 174 to 173. In Ionia County, Amash took home 55.8 percent of the votes (2,591 to 2,041).

Here are the results from the other three counties that make up Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District.

Barry County: Amash 3,624, Ellis: 2,874

Calhoun County: Amash 4,868 Ellis 4,256

Kent: Amash 28,383 Ellis 20,042

Amash will now face Democrat Bob Goodrich of Kentwood in November’s general election.

The 3rd District covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties and Amash was the candidate of choice for each of them.

Amash was born in Grand Rapids and earned his bachelor’s degree with high honors in economics from the University of Michigan and his law degree from University of Michigan Law School. He worked for his family’s business as a business lawyer and served as a state representative before being elected to U.S. Congress in 2010.

According to Amash’s online biography, he has never missed a vote in Congress or in the Michigan Legislature out of more than 4,000 roll call votes.

“Justin believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment — the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment — to control government spending and reduce the national debt. He supports a fair and simple tax code and a regulatory environment that promotes economic prosperity,” his website states. “As an ardent defender of Americans’ civil liberties, Justin has been a leading critic of the unconstitutional, suspicionless mass collection of all Americans’ phone records, the indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.”

Amash is a member of the Joint Economic Committee and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He serves on the OGR subcommittees on National Security and Government Operations. He also chairs the House Liberty Caucus.

Neither Amash or Ellis could not be reached for comment for this story.

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