Rep. Lower Leads From the Front
As the Battle for Michigan's 3rd Heats Up, Lower Argues He Set the Rules of Engagement
State Rep. James Lower decided to run against Rep. Justin Amash long before Amash advocated impeaching president Donald Trump.
Lower seems to have started that trend. He began his campaign in May, establishing himself as an early critic of Amash and advocate for the president. His website presents the basics of his campaign: “pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-2nd amendment, and pro-family values.”
Basically, he came out swinging. And according to Lower, the voters responded.
“I’m ahead by a large margin according to the polls,” Lower said. “Especially when it comes to Amash."
Lower grew up in Ionia in what he calls “normal blue-collar middle-class family.” His father worked for the Electrolux AB plant in Greenville, and when the recession hit and the plant moved to Mexico his father was left unemployed.
“It was a tough time for us, as my mom lost her job around the same time,” Lower said. “I’ve experienced the instability and uncertainty that comes from unemployment.”
Lower later earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. Through interning at the capitol and seeing how government worked firsthand, he was inspired to take his expertise to help improve the lives of Michiganders.
“I’ve gotten 10 bills passed and signed in my first term,” Lower said. “I think the voters are seeing the kind of results they want in Washington.”
If he wins the election in 2020, Lower hopes to bring his vision for tangible conservative results to the capital.
Lower believes that other Trump-focused candidates in the field are simply following his lead.
He said candidate Joel Langlois’ claims of a connection to the president are overblown.
“The president just rented his venue. He rents it out to a lot of people,” Lower said. “It’s pretty laughable.”
When asked about his other Republican challengers, Lower believes their records on Trump will speak for themselves.
“Peter Meijer has donated to anti-Trump PACs. And Rep. Afendoulis has criticized the president on multiple occasions,” Lower said. “Maybe they hope voters will not be aware of that."
The Lower campaign raised $200,000 in its first 40 days, but with large personal fortunes entering the race with Meijer and Langlois Lower’s campaign faces an uphill battle.
“Most of our donations were under $70. We might need a lot of money but when someone donates you get a true grassroots supporter, someone who will vote for you,” Lower said.
Lower’s early success will be put to the test over the course of the next year before the primary concludes on August 4, 2020.