Michigan Chamber of Commerce Announces Endorsements for State House Candidates in Open Seats and Challenger Races

Jun 16, 2010, 08:00 ET from Michigan Chamber of Commerce

LANSING, Mich., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced campaign endorsements for State House candidates in open seats and challenger races.

"We are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber's endorsement of 28 outstanding individuals for the State House," 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 development 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 House:

OPEN SEATS – 25



District

Candidate

Home

15th

Suzanne Sareini

Dearborn

20th

Kurt Heise

Plymouth

26th

Ken Rosen

Royal Oak

33rd

Pete Vitale

Clinton Township

46th

Brad Jacobsen

Oxford

52nd

Mark Ouimet

Ann Arbor

55th

Mary Kay Thayer

Lambertville

57th

Jim Van Doren

Tipton

61st

Margaret O'Brien

Portage

65th

Mike Shirkey

Clark Lake

73rd

Peter MacGregor

Rockford

75th

Bing Goei

Grand Rapids

79th

Al Pscholka

Stevensville

80th

Aric Nesbitt

Lawton

81st

Jud Gilbert

Lansing

83rd

Paul Muxlow

Brown City

87th

Michael Callton

Nashville

89th

Amanda Price

Holland

91st

Holly Hughes

Montague

97th

Joel Johnson

Clare

99th

Christine Alwood

Mt. Pleasant

100th

Marc Libants

Newaygo

105th

Greg MacMaster

Kewadin

106th

Peter Pettalia

Presque Isle

107th

Frank Foster

Pellston




CHALLENGER RACES - 3



District

Candidate

Home

56th

Dale Zorn

Ida

64th

Jane Grover

Jackson

101st

Ray Franz

Onekama



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.  

SOURCE Michigan Chamber of Commerce



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