West Michigan ER Doctor Announces Run For Congress
Will fight for healthcare for all
SPRING LAKE, – Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency physician in Fremont and a resident of Spring Lake, has announced that he is running for the Second Congressional District of the U.S House of Representatives.
"As a doctor, I serve patients from all walks of life in West Michigan and I hear again and again that they're tired of career politicians in Washington putting wealthy corporations, insurance company profits and Wall Street bankers ahead of ordinary families," Davidson said.
"I'm not a professional politician and I'm running because my family and I love our community, our neighbors and the natural beauty we have been blessed with. As a born and bred Michigander, I learned...
...the value of hard work, grit and sacrifice from the time I could crawl. I'm running because I want to give back to this community and fight for the families who play by the rules and put in long hours at work yet struggle just to keep up with the bills."
Davidson, 46, is a board member of Spring Lake Public Schools. Running as a Democrat, this is Davidson's first attempt at seeking public office outside of his school board seat.
As a frontline medical provider, Davidson says he sees firsthand how healthcare affects people's lives, with greater expansion of coverage critical to health, wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases.
"I'll work hard so all West Michigan citizens have healthcare that looks after everyone regardless of income or preexisting conditions. Families on fixed incomes want healthcare that provides them with affordable prescription drugs and peace of mind that when they go to the ER because of a stroke or an emergency appendectomy, they won't go bankrupt."
To increase opportunities so all children can succeed in the classroom and beyond, Davidson said he will work to boost investments in resources for students, teachers and educational staff through effective partnerships among local, state and federal assets. He also said sound up-to-date research, frontline educators and parents -- not politicians, bureaucrats and profit-driven corporations -- should drive education decisions that affect students in West Michigan and across the nation.
"I'll work with everyone in our community to make sure every child, regardless of income or zip code, can go to free public schools and get a great education. Together, we can help every young child get a strong start in life with free quality early childhood education. Anyone who wants to earn a college degree or learn a new skill should be able to afford that education, not get saddled with crippling debt."
"Healthcare that serves everyone, a good education for every child, clean lakes and rivers, and a fair opportunity to pursue our dreams are essential to our shared American values, our freedom and our liberty," Davidson said. "I'll be an independent voice for West Michigan families and stand up to powerful lobbyists and wealthy special interests because the people of West Michigan who work hard and play by the rules deserve nothing less."
A 20-plus-year medical veteran, Davidson is head of the emergency department at a community hospital in Newaygo County. In addition to serving patients across West Michigan, he and his wife, Dr. Diana Davidson, also volunteer on medical missions abroad, including countries hard hit by disaster. They have three children and have lived in Spring Lake since 2001.
Davidson graduated from Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He did his residency in Portland, Maine. Born in Fraser, Michigan, Davidson also worked in Utah and Michigan's Upper Peninsula before settling in West Michigan.
Davidson is a member of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians as well as the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union. An avid athlete who played football in college, Davidson is an Ironman triathlete and marathon runner.
The Second Congressional District covers Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, Lake and Newaygo counties, about half of Mason County and small slivers of northern Allegan and western Kent counties. The Lakeshore district stretches from Holland in the south through Grand Haven and Muskegon all the way to Ludington in the north, and is home to more than 700,000 people.
Learn more about Davidson at Facebook/RobfortheSecond.