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Democrat Paul Clements talks about campaign against Congressman Fred Upton

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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Democrat likely to run against Congressman Fred Upton in the next Sixth District congressional race says it's time for a change in Washington. Assuming Upton wins this week's Republican primary, he'll run in the general election against Western Michigan University professor of political science Doctor Paul Clements. Clements says that Congressman Upton just isn't who he used to be, and that's why it's time for a change.

"He was a moderate years ago, but the Congress has gone far off into the right wing, and he's happily traipsed along with them, risking nothing in Washington."

Clements says that jobs remain the main concern of most voters, adding that the current Congress hasn't done anything to help improve the situation while blocking progress on other pressing matters.

"Upton talks about that, but you have to ask yourself, if we've been here this long in this recession, and what he's really done about it," Clements told WKZO. "There's also the environment, education, infrastructure, and frankly, our congressman has been blocking all of these things."

Supporters of Clements point to the relatively large amount of money he's been able to raise as a positive sign. Others note that Congressman Upton has much more money on hand, and after 14 terms in Washington, isn't going to be easy to unseat. The Clements campaign also starting airing TV ads last month. You can find out more about him at his official website.

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