The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced campaign endorsements for State House candidates in open seats and challenger races.
"We are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber's endorsement of 28 outstanding individuals for the State House," said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley.
"Michigan Chamber campaign endorsements for open seats are based upon candidate questionnaires, personal interviews and member input from the Chamber's Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors," explained Bob LaBrant, the Michigan Chamber's Senior Vice President of Political Affairs.
"The Michigan Chamber will be making additional endorsements following the August 3rd primary," added LaBrant. "In some primary contests, we found the field of candidates to have positions favorable toward job creation and economic development in Michigan. Rather than make multiple endorsements, we have chosen to let the primary process work itself out."
Following are the Michigan Chamber's endorsements for the open seats and challenger races in the State House:
OPEN SEATS - 25 District Candidate Home -------- --------- ---- 15th Suzanne Sareini Dearborn 20th Kurt Heise Plymouth 26th Ken Rosen Royal Oak 33rd Pete Vitale Clinton Township 46th Brad Jacobsen Oxford 52nd Mark Ouimet Ann Arbor 55th Mary Kay Thayer Lambertville 57th Jim Van Doren Tipton 61st Margaret O'Brien Portage 65th Mike Shirkey Clark Lake 73rd Peter MacGregor Rockford 75th Bing Goei Grand Rapids 79th Al Pscholka Stevensville 80th Aric Nesbitt Lawton 81st Jud Gilbert Lansing 83rd Paul Muxlow Brown City 87th Michael Callton Nashville 89th Amanda Price Holland 91st Holly Hughes Montague 97th Joel Johnson Clare 99th Christine Alwood Mt. Pleasant 100th Marc Libants Newaygo 105th Greg MacMaster Kewadin 106th Peter Pettalia Presque Isle 107th Frank Foster Pellston CHALLENGER RACES - 3 District Candidate Home -------- --------- ---- 56th Dale Zorn Ida 64th Jane Grover Jackson 101st Ray Franz Onekama
The Michigan Chamber will be releasing its 2009-2010 Legislative Voting Record - A Competitiveness Scorecard for Michigan, which includes earned endorsements for candidates seeking re-election to either the State House or Michigan Senate, in July.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business advocacy organization representing approximately 6,800 employers of every type and size in all 83 counties in Michigan. The Michigan Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political and legal process.
The Michigan Chamber PAC ranks 18th among Michigan's top 150 political action committees, according to an April report by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
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SOURCE: Michigan Chamber of Commerce
CONTACT: Jim Holcomb or Phil Guyeskey, both of Michigan Chamber of
Web Site: http://www.michamber.com/