Decatur man seeks write-in votes for Congress

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

DECATUR — A Decatur resident is running for the Michigan’s 6th District against U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and Democratic challenger Paul Clements.

Richard Overton filed as a write-in candidate for the state’s congressional district on Oct. 3.

The 66-year-old said he grew up in Dowagiac and spent most of his life in Southwest Michigan.

“There are a lot of issues that a lot of Americans want addressed, but never seem to be,” Overton said in a phone interview Monday. “People what campaign finance reform addressed, the IRS code addressed and they are concerned about veterans. (Politicians) tend to stray away after the election.”

Overton graduated from Ferris State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management. He recently retired as an area representative for the U.S. Department of Labor in the apprentice and training division.

While he has no political experience, Overton served in the Marines Corps during Vietnam and spent a few years with the Michigan State Police.

He’s served as a college administrator for Southwestern Michigan College and has experience in insurance and retail industries.

“I’m for a flat tax that would divorce us from how the IRS enforces its code,” Overton said, adding that he believes in unlimited individual campaign financing, with no PAC or corporate donations allowed.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Oct. 11, 2016)

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