Job Providers Win Big on Primary Election Day!

August 7, 2014

We started the election season by telling you, "It’s a New Day in Michigan." We're pleased to report Primary Election results that will continue to move Michigan forward.

Tuesday’s Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber. Across the state, voters cast ballots for common sense conservatives who are in favor of limited government and will be fighters for free enterprise.

The positive results from the 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. Yesterday, we delivered powerful advocacy and business leadership in the political arena.

We take great pride in our successes, but many battles lie ahead. From today until the General Election on November 4th,  Chamber staff will work diligently to ensure that the candidates endorsed by the Michigan Chamber continue to have the financial and grassroots support they need to win.

Voters Resoundingly Approve Proposal 1 to Reform Michigan’s Personal Property Tax

This is a big win for Michigan job providers and working families. Michigan Chamber lobbyists played a leadership role in drafting and passing the bills that became Proposal 1.

After a statewide voter education campaign, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 (69% -31%) to phase out personal property taxes paid by small businesses and manufacturers. Passage of Proposal 1 authorizes the distribution of existing use tax revenue to local governments who currently rely on personal property tax collections to provide services, including police and fire.

We anticipate passing Proposal 1 will help Michigan create tens of thousands of jobs and give local governments a reliable stream of funding.

Two Key Congressional Victories To Send Commonsense Decision Makers to Washington

The Michigan Chamber played a major role in primary victories for two candidates for U.S. House: David Trott, in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District (which includes portions of Oakland and Wayne counties), and John Moolenaar, in Michigan’s 4th Congressional District (which includes the counties of Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Shiawassee, Wexford, and parts of Montcalm and Saginaw counties).

David Trott is a Michigan Chamber Board member and has been a Chamber member for over 10 years. He is a business leader who has been active in his community and across the state ranging from political, non-profit, foundation, and volunteer activities. Trott understands the environment needed to encourage job creation and business growth in Michigan. He is a true leader and a conservative voice and we look forward to sending him to D.C. following the November election.

John Moolenaar has repeatedly earned the Chamber’s endorsement throughout his 12-year career as a state lawmaker, having consistently earned a score of 95 percent or better on the Chamber’s Legislative Voting Record. In 2004 and 2006, Moolenaar earned a perfect score on the Chamber’s Legislative Voting Record for which he was publicly recognized as a “Champion of Commerce.” Moolenaar is a leader who fights for solutions to grow Michigan’s economy, encourage job creation, and create more opportunities for job providers across the state to succeed. As a U.S. Representative, he will continue his fight for Michigan and America and enhance America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.

In addition to Trott and Moolenaar, the Michigan Chamber endorsed three Congressmen facing Republican primaries. The Chamber went three-for-three, batting 100%, in these re-election campaigns. We look forward to sending Congressmen Dan Benishek, Fred Upton, and Tim Walberg back to Washington D.C. to provide a voice for conservative business owners.

Chamber-endorsed candidates for U.S. House who did not have an August primary but have earned the endorsement of the Michigan Chamber for the General Election include U.S. Representatives Bill Huizenga and Candice Miller. Both Huizenga and Miller have a track record of accomplishment and we look forward to sending them back to D.C. in November.

All Chamber-Endorsed Candidates for the State Senate Won!

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce endorsed eight candidates in contested Senate primaries and we are pleased to report that all eight won!

Margaret O’Brien (District 20, Portage), Peter MacGregor (District 28, Rockford), and Wayne Schmidt (District 37, Traverse City) each won their bid for an open seat after hotly contested primaries.

Schmidt, in one of the most publicized and heated races of the season, faced an especially difficult primary challenge but through his hard work and the active support of the Chamber, ended up winning by approximately 4,000 votes. This was a critical victory for job providers as Schmidt was under attack for his leadership role in the legislative effort to fix Michigan's roads and improve public transit.

Five incumbent State Senators used the endorsement of the Michigan Chamber to help fend off aggressive challengers and now appear well on their way to returning for another term. They are: Patrick Colbeck (District 7, Canton); Jim Marleau, (District 12, Lake Orion); Mike Kowall (District 15, White Lake); Mike Green (District 31, Mayville); and Goeff Hansen (District 34, Hart).

25 of 29 Chamber-Endorsed Candidates for State House Move on to November General Election

The Michigan Chamber’s string of primary election success carried down the ballot to the House of Representatives where we endorsed 29 individuals  – 15 for open seats; 14 for challenger races.

The Michigan Chamber-endorsed candidates won 12 out of 15 open seats. The 12 victorious candidates were: Laura Cox, Peter Lucido, Kathy Crawford, Lana Theis, Jim Runestad, Michael Webber, Brandt Iden, David Maturen, Donijo DeJonge, Edward Canfield, Daniela Garcia, and Holly Hughes.

The Chamber won 13 out of 14 races where incumbents faced primaries. The 13 victors were Representatives: Forlini, Lane, Kesto, Jacobsen, Graves, Yonker, Pagel, Pscholka, Glardon, Lyons, Price, Potvin, and Rendon. Representative Foster did not win his race in the 107th district.