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September 25, 2012: Chamber PAC Makes General Election Endorsements; Former Chamber Staffer Named Director of U.S. Mint

Detroit Regional Chamber PAC Announces Endorsements for Michigan house, Supreme Court, Congressional Races

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced its endorsements for the Michigan House of Representatives, Supreme Court and congressional races. The PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-business candidates and policies that support the Chamber’s public policy priorities.

“With seats on the Michigan Supreme Court on the line, this election is critical to maintaining the momentum created by Governor Rick Snyder’s reforms,” said Brad Williams, the Chamber’s vice president of government relations. “This year’s slate of endorsed candidates represents a talented and diverse cross-section of the state who will assist in continuing Michigan’s reinvention.”

The PAC endorsements were made after careful consideration and input from a Chamber PAC survey, PAC members and the Chamber’s government affairs team. The Chamber’s top priorities when considering candidate support are continued support of the New International Trade Crossing, the repeal of the state’s personal property tax, implementation of a system of regional transit and increased investment in Michigan’s vital transportation system.

For a full list of PAC endorsed House and Supreme Court candidates, click here. For a list of congressional candidates, click here.

President Obama Nominates Former Chamber Staffer Bibiana Boerio as Director of U.S. Mint

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates former special advisor to the Chamber president Bibiana “Bibie” Boerio for her presidential nomination to director of the U.S. Mint in the U.S. Department of Treasury. The White House made the announcement last week. Bibie served the Chamber from March 2011 to February 2012 and played a key role in the launch of the Chamber’s MICHauto program in January.

Bibie has had a long, successful career including serving as Chief of Staff for Congressman Joe Sestak, and more than 30 years in the automotive industry including managing director for Jaguar Cars, Ltd. from 2004-2007, director of finance and strategy for Ford International Operations from 2003-2004 and executive vice president and chief financial officer for Ford Motor Credit Company from 2000-2003. To read the full White House press release, click here.

Oakland Community College Names Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development to Foundation Board

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates its Vice President of Economic Development, Maureen Donahue Krauss, who was elected to serve a three-year term on the Oakland Community College (OCC) Foundation Board of Directors last week. Three additional directors were also elected, including Richard Berkfield, Antoine Joubert and Marc Strandquist. The objective of the OCC Foundation Board of Directors is to generate resources for OCC students and the college, and to advance awareness, knowledge and the perception of OCC. To read more, click here.