Michigan Chamber Announces Endorsements for State House Candidates in Open Seats

July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced campaign endorsements for State House candidates in open seats.

“We are very pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber’s endorsement of

10 outstanding candidates for the State House,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “Over the past 18 months, pro-reform and pro-taxpayer lawmakers have taken bold and decisive action to reinvent Michigan. We must continue to elect candidates to the State House who exhibit those strengths and these individuals have what it takes to get the job done.”

“Voters can feel confident that these candidates are focused on job creation and economic growth,” said Jim Holcomb, the Michigan Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Business Advocacy & General Counsel. “Michigan is making good progress towards improving our economic climate and these individuals will help state government stay on the right track during the next legislative session.”

“The Michigan Chamber will be making additional endorsements following the August 7th Primary,” added Holcomb. “In some primary contests, we found multiple candidates to have positions favorable toward job creation and economic development and have chosen to let the primary process work. We will re-evaluate some districts after the primary.”

Following are the Michigan Chamber’s endorsements for the open seats in the State House:

District Candidate Home
11th Cody Bailey Garden City
25th Sean Clark Warren
39th Brad Hantler West Bloomfield
48th Patrick Gleason Davison
67th Jeff Oesterle Mason
68th Ted O'Dell Lansing
74th Rob VerHeulen Walker
78th Dave Pagel Berrien Springs
81st Dan Lauwers Brockway
93rd Tom Leonard Lansing










The Michigan Chamber will be releasing its 2011-2012 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, at a Media Roundtable to be held in Lansing on August 14th.