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Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsements for Primary and General Michigan Elections

Full list of endorsements, including Congressional, state and county races announced.

DETROIT, June 19, 2014 –Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) and Fed PAC Board of Directors announced endorsements in several key races at the national, state and county level for Michigan’s primary and general elections.

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-economic development candidates and policies that are critical to the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Chamber PAC Board of Directors made endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber’s endorsement.

Earlier this year, the Chamber PAC announced its support for the re-election of Governor Rick Snyder. The Chamber PAC was the first major organization to announce its support for Governor Snyder’s election in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 primary. The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought-after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and focuses in large part on candidates’ stances on business issues and the potential to represent the regional business community.


Congressman Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township)

“Congressman Peters has a proven track record of bipartisan leadership that is focused on solutions instead of partisan bickering. His support for immigration reform, increased infrastructure investment and his work with Governor Snyder on the New International Trade Crossing will translate well as he moves from the House to the Senate,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“We are grateful for the willingness of Secretary Land to serve our country and state at this important time. She was an effective Secretary of State whom we often supported and we look forward to working with her again in the future.”



Executive Mark Hackel

“Mark Hackel is a proven and regionally focused leader which continues to make him a great fit for Macomb County. His work in promoting the defense industry and making Macomb County a great place to live and work makes him an easy choice,”said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.



Mayor Bill Wild

“Mayor Wild has proven in his tenure at the helm of Wayne County’s third-largest city that he has the right experience to bring Wayne County’s finances back in order.  Mayor Wild took over a fiscally troubled city and balanced seven consecutive budgets while creating a rainy day fund with $5 million. We look forward to Mayor Wild using this experience as Wayne County Executive,” said Terence Thomas, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board.

“We thank Bob Ficano for his many years of service to Wayne County and his efforts to attract international investment to the region.”



8th Congressional District

Sen. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester)

We were disappointed to learn of Congressman Mike Rogers’ retirement. We encourage voters, particularly in Oakland County, to send a member to Congress who can be part of the solution to the rancor that has infected Washington for too long. While we disagree with Sen. Bishop’s position on the New International Trade Crossing, his temperament, business experience and history of working with diverse interests make him a better choice to represent Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties in Washington,” said Brad Williams, Vice President of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.


11th Congressional District

David Trott (R-Birmingham)

“Mr. Trott will be a very good member of Congress for voters in Oakland and Wayne counties.  As a business owner, he can walk into Congress and go to work on improving the economy,” said Terence Thomas, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board.  “We were also impressed by his commitment to constituent service and solving problems for residents and businesses in his district.”

“We thank Congressman Kerry Bentivolio for his service to his country in the military and Congress.”


12th Congressional District

Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn)

“No one has left Congress with a bigger legacy than Congressman John Dingell, and we can think of no one better to continue his legacy of service than Debbie Dingell,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “As a long-serving member of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors, Mrs. Dingell keenly understands the needs of the business community in our region and is already a leader in Washington.”


14th Congressional District

Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield)

“Rudy Hobbs will bring the kind of fresh leadership and new ideas that the most diverse congressional district in Michigan requires,” said Terence Thomas, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “Rep. Hobbs has proven over his career his ability to work across the aisle, lead his colleagues and make a meaningful impact.

“We were also able to speak with Mayor Lawrence and Congressman Clarke. We are thankful for their commitment to public service and their willingness to continue to serve.”



“The Chamber has a proud tradition of supporting legislators of both parties who are focused on results for the entire state and not just one region. These candidates represent those values,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Michigan Senate

District 2 – Sen. Bert Johnson (D-Detroit)

District 3 – Sen. Morris Hood III (D-Detroit)

District 4 – Sen. Virgil Smith (D-Detroit)

District 5 – Rep. Thomas Stallworth III (D-Detroit) and Rep. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights)

District 6 – Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor)

District 9 – Sen. Steve Bieda (D-Warren)

District 13 – Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham)

District 15 – Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake)

District 18 – Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor)

District 19 – Sen. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek)

District 22 – Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg Twp.)

District 23 – Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing)

District 27 – Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Flint)

District 29 – Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell)

District 30 – Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R-W. Olive Twp.)

District 32 – Rep. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth)

District 34 – Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart)

District 36 – Rep. Jim Stamas (R-Midland)

District 37 – Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City)

District 38 – Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)


Michigan House of Representatives

District 2 – Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit)

District 3 – Clarence Gayles (D-Detroit)

District 5 – Fred Durhal Jr. (D-Detroit)

District 7 – Nicole Wells Stallworth (D-Detroit)

District 9 – Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit)

District 11 – Rashid Baydoun (D-Dearborn Heights)

District 15 – Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn)

District 16 – Rep. Bob Kosowski (D-Westland)

District 18 – Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores)

District 20 – Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Northville)

District 22 – John Chirkun (D-Roseville)

District 24 – Rep. Tony Forlini (R-Harrison Twp.)

District 26 – Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak)

District 27 – Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park)

District 29 – Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)

District 30 – Rep. Jeff Farrington (R-Utica)

District 31 – Rep. Marilyn Lane (D-Fraser)

District 32 – Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Memphis)

District 35 – Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield)

District 38 – Kathy Crawford (R-Novi)

District 39 – Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Walled Lake)

District 40 – Rep. Michael McCready (R-Birmingham)

District 43 – Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.)

District 46 – Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford)

District 51 – Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Twp.)

District 54 – Rep. David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti)

District 55 – Rep. Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor)

District 61 – Brandt Iden (R-Kalamazoo)

District 64 – Rep. Earl Poleski (R-Jackson)

District 66 – Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton)

District 68 – Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing)

District 69 – Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing)

District 70 – Rep. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes)

District 73 – Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids)

District 74 – Rep. Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker)

District 75 – Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids)

District 78 – Rep. Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs)

District 79 – Rep. Al Pscholka (R-St. Joseph)

District 83 – Rep. Paul Muxlow (R-Brown City)

District 85 – Rep. Ben Glardon (R-Owosso)

District 86 – Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto)

District 87 – Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville)

District 88 – Rep. Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville)

District 89 – Rep. Amanda Price (R-Park Twp.)

District 90 – Daniela Garcia (R-Holland)

District 93 – Rep. Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt Twp.)

District 98 – Karl Ieuter (R-Midland)

District 100 – Rep. Jon Bumstead (R-Newaygo)

District 105 – Tony Cutler (R-East Jordan)

District 106 – Rep. Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle)

District 107 – Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey)

District 109 – Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette)

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members.

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