Michigan Chamber of Commerce Announces Candidate Endorsements For 23 State House Races

Jun 16, 2016

LANSING, Mich., June 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced endorsements for 23 candidates seeking election to open seats in the State House. The entire 110-member State House is up for election or re-election this year. 

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,600 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber represents businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. The Michigan Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political and legal process.

"Today, we are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber's endorsement of 23 outstanding individuals for the State House," said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. "All of these candidates have demonstrated a commitment to free enterprise and a sincere desire to make Michigan the best state in the country to live, work, raise a family or build a business."

"The Chamber membership is energized to support these candidates as they will champion common sense policies based on personal responsibility, limited government and free enterprise," noted Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President for Business Advocacy and General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber.

"All candidates for 41 open seats in the State House had an opportunity to participate in the Michigan Chamber's endorsement process by completing a candidate questionnaire," noted Studley. "The 23 candidates we are endorsing today met with Michigan Chamber staff and actively sought our endorsement."

"Each of these candidates have the ability to win in both August and November and the courage to govern if elected," Studley added.   

The Michigan Chamber will be making additional endorsements following the August 2nd Primary Election.

"In several primary contests, we found multiple candidates to have positions supportive of Michigan's job creators and economic growth," said Holcomb. "Rather than make multiple endorsements, we have chosen to let the primary process play out in those races."

Following are the Michigan Chamber's endorsements for open seats in the State House:

District

Candidate

Home

20

Jeffrey Neilson

Northville

23

Bob Howey

Trenton

24

Steve Marino

 Harrison Township

30

Diana Farrington

Utica

32

 Pamela Hornberger

Chesterfield Township

46

Joe Kent

Lake Orion

52

Donna Lasinski Scio

Township

57

Bronna Kahle

Adrian

64

John Griffin

Summit Township

66

Beth Griffin

Mattawan

70

Jim Lower

Cedar Lake

77

Tommy Brann

Wyoming

79

Kim LaSata

Benton Harbor

83

Shane Hernandez

Port Huron

86

Jeff Johnson

Grand Rapids

87

Julie Calley

Ionia

89

Jim Lilly     

Park Township

99

Roger Hauck

Union Township

100

Scott VanSingel

Grant

101

Curt VanderWall

Ludington

102

Michele Hoitenga

Manton

103

Daire Rendon

Lake City

106

Jesse Osmer

Alpena

In the near future, the Michigan Chamber will be releasing its 2015-2016 Legislative Voting Record – A Competitiveness Scorecard for Michigan, which is the basis for the Chamber's endorsements for incumbent lawmakers seeking re-election to the same office.

The Michigan Chamber is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,800 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Chamber represents businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. The Michigan Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political and legal process.

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SOURCE Michigan Chamber of Commerce

For further information: Jim Holcomb or Brad Hantler, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, (517) 371-2100


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