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Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Releases Bipartisan Endorsements for November Election

Endorsements for Michigan Governor, Attorney General and Supreme Court races were made. 

DETROIT, Oct. 17, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC announced a bipartisan slate of endorsements for the November general election.

“The Chamber PAC is proud of its long-established reputation of bipartisan leadership, and that tradition continues this year. The Chamber PAC is pleased to support a strong slate of candidates from both parties that will help maintain and grow Michigan’s comeback,” said Hank Cooney, Chamber PAC Board Chairman.

Endorsements include: 

Gretchen Whitmer, Former Senator, State of Michigan

“Gretchen Whitmer emerged as the Chamber PAC’s choice as the candidate best suited to carry forward the positive trajectory established in the last eight years and better reflects the Chamber’s key policy priorities,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “While it is rare for an elected official to be fully aligned with the Chamber’s pro-growth and pro-smart investment policies, Whitmer’s strong support for regional transit, funding for critical infrastructure, and her past support for the Detroit Grand Bargain, Healthy Michigan, and the Gordie Howe International Bridge make her the candidate that best aligns with the Chamber’s agenda. The Chamber looks forward to working with the next governor to continue Michigan’s reputation as the “comeback state” and improving our critical infrastructure and education performance.”

House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt)

“As a prosecutor and a legislator, Speaker Leonard has consistently exercised the judgement needed to hold wrongdoers accountable, create an environment hospitable to growth, and represent the people’s interest,” said Williams.

Justice Elizabeth Clement
Justice Kurtis Wilder

“It is important that we have Supreme Court justices like Elizabeth Clement and Kurtis Wilder who understand that the rule of law must prevail in our legal system and provide stability and common-sense justice that allows our economy to thrive,” said Williams.

“The PAC Board requires a two-thirds vote to make an endorsement, and unfortunately the Chamber PAC Board was unable to reach a consensus for the Michigan Secretary of State,” said Williams. “It is expected with a two-thirds rule that there will be times that a no-vote will happen. We strive to comprise our PAC Board of bipartisan, regional, business leaders from across our Southeast Michigan membership and are proud of the diversity of opinion it represents.”

In June, the Chamber PAC issued the following endorsements in key federal races for the November general election.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

“Sen. Stabenow has been a tremendous champion for Michigan in Congress. Sen. Stabenow’s 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 are reasons for the Chamber’s endorsement. Her leadership and willingness to work across the aisle in Washington has helped move Michigan in a positive direction,” said Williams.

1st Congressional District: Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI 1)
2nd Congressional District: Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI 2)
4th Congressional District: Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI 4)
5th Congressional District: Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI 5)
6th Congressional District: Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI 6)

7th Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI 7)
“Rep. Walberg’s position on both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee, have allowed him to have a laser focus on the issues most pressing to business in our region,” said Williams.

8th Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI 8)
“Mike Bishop has been representing the people of Michigan honorably for decades. His service in Congress has been exemplary and the Chamber encourages voters to return him to Washington to continue his leadership on smart taxation and regulation, protecting the Great Lakes, and lowering the costs of college education,” said Williams.

9th Congressional District: Andy Levin (D-MI 9)
10th Congressional District: Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI 10)
12th Congressional District: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D- MI 12)
14th Congressional District: Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI 14)

The Chamber PAC Board regularly meets to identify and support pro-growth candidates that are aligned with the Chamber’s policy priorities. Comprised of bipartisan, regional business leaders from across the Chamber’s Southeast Michigan membership, the PAC Board requires a two-thirds consensus to make an endorsement.

After careful consideration, the Chamber PAC Board makes endorsements based on alignment on issues important to Chamber members, candidate responses to a PAC survey, input from PAC members, and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber PAC’s endorsement.

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. In the 2016 general election, more than 92 percent of the PAC’s endorsed candidates won their respective races.

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

Kelly Weatherwax