The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced campaign endorsements for State Senate candidates in open seats and challenger races.
"We are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber's endorsement of 18 outstanding individuals for the State Senate," 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 growth 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 Senate:
OPEN SEATS - 17 District Candidate Home -------- --------- ---- 12th Jim Marleau Lake Orion 15th Mike Kowall White Lake 16th Bruce Caswell Hillsdale 20th Tonya Schuitmaker Portage 21st John Proos St. Joseph 22nd Joe Hune Hamburg 24th Rick Jones Grand Ledge 25th Phil Pavlov St. Clair 26th Dave Robertson Grand Blanc 29th Dave Hildenbrand Grand Rapids 30th Arlan Meekhof West Olive 33rd Brian Calley Portland 34th Goeff Hansen Hart 35th Darwin Booher Evart 36th John Moolenaar Midland 37th Howard Walker Traverse City 38th Tom Casperson Escanaba CHALLENGER RACES - 1 District Candidate Home -------- --------- ---- 6th John Pastor Livonia
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: Rich Studley, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, +1-517-371-2100
Web Site: http://www.michamber.com/