The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced endorsements of 31 candidates seeking election to open seats in the State House and Michigan Senate.
"We are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber’s endorsement of 17 outstanding individuals seeking election to the State House for the first time and another 14 individuals seeking election to the Michigan Senate,” 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, Executive Vice President & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber.
"All candidates for open seats in the State House and Senate had an opportunity to participate in the Chamber's endorsement process by completing a candidate questionnaire," said Studley. “The 31 candidates we are endorsing today actively sought our endorsement."
The Michigan Chamber will consider making additional endorsements following the August 7th Primary Election.
“In several primary contests, we found multiple candidates to have positions supportive of Michigan's job providers 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 Michigan Legislature:
|MICHIGAN SENATE (14)|
|8||Peter Lucido||Shelby Twp.|
|15||Jim Runestad||White Lake|
|19||John Bizon||Battle Creek|
|21||Kim LaSata||St. Joseph|
|33||Rick Outman||Six Lakes|
|MICHIGAN HOUSE (17)|
|36||Karen Potchynok-Lund||Shelby Twp.|
|39||Marsha Kosmatka||West Bloomfield|
|43||Andrea Schroeder||Independence Twp.|
|62||Dave Morgan||Battle Creek|
|73||Lynn Afendoulis||Grand Rapids|
|76||Amanda Brand||Grand Rapids|
|91||Greg VanWoerkom||Norton Shores|
|101||Jack O'Malley||Lake Ann|