Tuesday's Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber! Chamber-endorsed candidate Bill Schuette won a four-way primary race for Governor with 51% of the vote. In the race for US Senate, Chamber-endorsed candidate John James scored a major win in the Republican primary. James, a West Point graduate, combat veteran and business leader will now challenge long-time incumbent US Senator Debbie Stabenow in the November General Election.
Across the state, voters cast ballots for common sense conservatives who are in favor of limited government and will stand up for free enterprise. The Michigan Chamber PAC was actively involved in many races for the State House and Michigan Senate. Ninety-four percent of Chamber-endorsed candidates won their races!
The positive results from Tuesday's Primary are a direct result of the tremendous support provided by Chamber volunteer leaders and PAC contributors. The Michigan Chamber played an important role in many races. On election day, we delivered powerful advocacy and business leadership in the political arena.
Here are Chamber-endorsed candidates who won on Primary Election Day:
Governor - Bill Schuette
Currently Michigan's Attorney General, Bill Schuette ran a strong campaign pledging to be a "jobs governor" committed to creating economic conditions favorable to job creation and business success. Additionally, Schuette has placed strong emphasis on being a "paychecks" governor focused on increased wages for all Michigan residents through thoughtful, fair tax policy as well as responsible, fiscally conservative budgeting.
US Senate - John James
Currently president of James Group International, John James graduated from West Point in 2004, becoming a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. After serving eight years in the military and receiving numerous awards for his heroic service, John returned home to receive a Master's degree from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
8 of 8 Chamber-Endorsed Congressional Candidates Win!
The Michigan Chamber PAC endorsed 8 incumbents Congressmen seeking re-election to the US House. All eight Chamber-backed incumbent members of Congress won!
20 of 22 Chamber-Endorsed State Senate Candidates Move to the November Ballot!
The Michigan Chamber PAC endorsed eight incumbent legislators seeking re-election and 14 candidates in open State Senate races. All eight Chamber-endorsed State Senators seeking re-election won! Thanks to strong financial support from the Chamber PAC, the Michigan Chamber also played a powerful role in open State Senate seats. Of the 14 Chamber-endorsed candidates for open seats in the State Senate, 12 candidates won.
|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|
|37||Wayne Schmidt||Traverse City|
52 of 55 Chamber-Endorsed State House Candidates Move to the November Ballot!
The Michigan Chamber PAC endorsed 38 incumbent legislators seeking re-election and 17 candidates in open State House races. All but one of the 38 incumbent legislators endorsed by the Michigan Chamber now move forward to November 6th.
Due to strong financial support from Chamber PAC, the Michigan Chamber played an aggressive role in open State House seats. Often the make-up of the State House and the legislative agenda is shaped largely by what happens in the August primaries. The Michigan Chamber PAC has responded by playing an active role in primary races. Of the 17 Chamber-endorsed candidates for open seats in the State House, 15 candidates were victorious.
|24||Steve Marino||Harrison Twp.|
|32||Pamela Hornberger||Chesterfield Twp.|
|43||Andrea Schroeder||Independence Twp.|
|45||Michael Webber||Rochester Hills|
|46||John Reilly||Oakland Twp.|
|47||Hank Vaupel||Handy Twp.|
|61||Brandt Iden||Oshtemo Twp.|
|62||Dave Morgan||Battle Creek|
|70||Jim Lower||Cedar Lake|
|73||Lynn Afendoulis||Grand Rapids|
|76||Amanda Brand||Grand Rapids|
|80||Mary Whiteford||Casco Twp.|
|82||Gary Howell||North Branch|
|83||Shane Hernandez||Port Huron|
|89||Jim Lilly||Park Township|
|91||Greg VanWoerkom||Norton Shores|
|99||Roger Hauck||Mt. Pleasant|
|101||Jack O'Malley||Lake Ann|
|103||Daire Rendon||Lake City|
|108||Beau LaFave||Iron Mountain|
What Happens Next?
Chamber members should feel good about our accomplishments, but many battles lie ahead. From today until the General Election on November 6th, Chamber staff will work diligently to ensure that candidates endorsed by the Michigan Chamber continue to have the grassroots and financial support they need to win. Please contact Jim Holcomb or Brian Doyle at (517) 371-2100 with any questions.