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

Jun 14, 2010, 11:01 ET from Michigan Chamber of Commerce

LANSING, Mich., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced campaign endorsements for State Senate candidates in open seats and challenger races.

"We are pleased to announce the Michigan Chamber's endorsement of 18 outstanding individuals for the State Senate," 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 growth 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 Senate:

OPEN SEATS - 17



District

Candidate

Home

12th

Jim Marleau

Lake Orion

15th

Mike Kowall

White Lake

16th

Bruce Caswell

Hillsdale

20th

Tonya Schuitmaker

Portage

21st

John Proos

St. Joseph

22nd

Joe Hune

Hamburg

24th

Rick Jones

Grand Ledge

25th

Phil Pavlov

St. Clair

26th

Dave Robertson

Grand Blanc

29th

Dave Hildenbrand

Grand Rapids

30th

Arlan Meekhof

West Olive

33rd

Brian Calley

Portland

34th

Goeff Hansen

Hart

35th

Darwin Booher

Evart

36th

John Moolenaar

Midland

37th

Howard Walker

Traverse City

38th

Tom Casperson

Escanaba







CHALLENGER RACES - 1



District

Candidate

Home

6th

John Pastor

Livonia



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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