The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced campaign endorsements for State House candidates in open seats and competitive races.
"We are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber's endorsement of 32 outstanding individuals for the State House (28 Republicans and four Democrats)," 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 5th 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 competitive races in the State House:
OPEN SEATS - 27 District Candidate Home 11 Anthony Bradford Detroit 13 Andrew Kandrevas Southgate 19 John Walsh Livonia 21 Todd LaJoy Canton Township 23 Burl Adkins Grosse Ile 24 Bryan Brandenburg St. Claire Shores 32 John Accavitti Armada 36 Pete Lund Shelby Township 37 Paul Welday Farmington Hills 38 Hugh Crawford Novi 39 Amy Peterman West Bloomfield 43 Gail Haines Lake Angelus 44 Eileen Kowall White Lake 51 Vince Lorraine Fenton 58 Don Shemel Coldwater 59 Matt Lori Constantine 63 Jase Bolger Marshall 66 Bill Rogers Brighton 72 Linda Steil Grand Rapids 76 Roy Schmidt Grand Rapids 88 Shelly Edgerton Plainwell 90 Joe Haveman Holland 98 Jim Stamas Midland 101 Mike McManus Lake Leelanau 104 Wayne Schmidt Traverse City 106 Peter Pettalia Presque Isle 108 Mike Falcon Gladstone COMPETITIVE RACES - 5 District Candidate Home 20 Jerry Vorva Northville 65 Ray Snell Blackman Township 75 Dan Tietema Grand Rapids 84 Anna Kabot Bad Axe 91 Holly Hughes White River Township
The Michigan Chamber will be releasing its 2007-2008 Legislative Voting Record - A Competitiveness Scorecard for Michigan, which includes earned endorsements for candidates seeking re-election to the State House, later this month.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business advocacy organization representing over 7,100 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 26th among Michigan's top 150 political action committees, according to an April report by the non-partisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network. The report lists the PAC at $180,606, up 20.7 percent from the 2006 election cycle.
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SOURCE: Michigan Chamber of Commerce
CONTACT: Bob LaBrant or Phil Guyeskey of Michigan Chamber of Commerce,
Web site: http://www.michamber.com/