Michigan’s Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and Macomb and Wayne County Executive races included.
DETROIT, June 21, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced endorsements in several key races at the state and federal level.
“As we did with the bipartisan gubernatorial debate, the Chamber PAC wants to help Michigan elect the candidates that will be best for the state and its communities,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We believe these candidates have the best track record to represent the needs of the state and business community successfully.”
“The Chamber PAC’s Board of Directors regularly meet to identify and support pro-economic development candidates and policies that are critical to the Chamber’s public policy priorities,” said Hank Cooney, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “After careful consideration, the Board 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.”
Republican Primary: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
“Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is in the best position to carry on the legacy and continuity of Gov. Rick Snyder,” said Williams. “He has been a leader on causes that matter to business such as Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy and properly funding our dreadful roads, earning the confidence of the Chamber PAC.”
Democratic Primary: Gretchen Whitmer
“Former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer has a proven track record of convening leaders to solve tough problems for Michigan communities. Her support and understanding of infrastructure investment, growing the Michigan economy by ensuring Michiganders have a good job, and advocating for improved education make her the best Democratic option,” said Cooney.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
“Sen. Stabenow has been a tremendous champion for Michigan in Congress,” said Williams. “The Chamber is endorsing Sen. Stabenow because of her strong support of key business priorities such as the Gordie Howe International Bridge, small business growth, and as a champion for Michigan’s agriculture industry. Sen. Stabenow’s leadership and willingness to work across the aisle in Washington has helped move Michigan in a positive direction.”
MACOMB COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Executive Mark Hackel
The Chamber PAC voted to endorse Mark Hackel. Executive Hackel is a longtime friend of the Chamber and a regional team player. He has taken a leadership role on issues important to the Chamber such as road funding and being a proponent for the Detroit Institute of Arts.
WAYNE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Executive Warren Evans
The Chamber PAC voted to endorse Warren Evans. Executive Evans remains a transformational leader in the county, from restructuring Wayne County’s finances to rebuilding facilities, talent and infrastructure. The Chamber appreciates Evans steadfast leadership in addressing the region’s longstanding transit challenges.
About the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC
The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) was the first major organization to announce its support for Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 Detroit mayoral 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.
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. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.