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November 4 Election Edition: Gov. Snyder’s Re-election to Accelerate Michigan’s Reinvention; Chamber-Backed Candidates Sweep State, National Offices

Gov. Snyder’s Re-election to Accelerate Michigan’s Reinvention

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Gov. Rick Snyder in his re-election and echoes his call to accelerate Michigan’s reinvention. It represents a victory of responsible leadership and substantive results over politics as usual. The Governor’s re-election was the Chamber’s No. 1 priority this year.

The Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed Snyder for his bold leadership, particularly on the New International Trade Crossing, tax system overhaul and Detroit’s bankruptcy. As alluded to during his victory speech, the Governor has been instrumental in laying the foundation for Michigan’s prosperous future by tackling the tough decisions. The Chamber’s public policies have been lockstep with the Governor since he took office in 2011.

The Chamber looks forward to working with Gov. Snyder for another four years to continue Michigan’s momentum, particularly with road funding and education reform. To view a full list of Chamber PAC-endorsed candidates, click here.

Gary Peters Cruises to U.S. Senate Victory

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Congressman Gary Peters in his victory Tuesday for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat. He will serve Michigan well in the Senate with his brand of thoughtful, effective leadership.

The Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) endorsed Congressman Peters in June for his leadership on key issues, such as support for the New International Trade Crossing, as well as his substantive knowledge of a broad range of issues. Congressman Peters’ record of bipartisan leadership also earned him other key endorsements including the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Chamber has an ongoing and productive relationship with Congresman Peters and is looking forward to working with him in the Senate to further move the region and state forward.

Chamber-Backed Candidates Sweep State, National Offices in Tuesday’s Election

Dozens of pro-growth candidates supported by the Detroit Regional Chamber swept their respective races during Tuesday’s election.

Preliminary results show that 91 out of 94 candidates endorsed by the Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC), were elected at the local, state and national level, marking an important step in Michigan’s ongoing revitalization. In addition to Rep. Gary Peters’ victory in the U.S. Senate race, all four of the Chamber’s Congressional endorsements, Debbie Dingell, Mike Bishop, Brenda Lawrence and David Trott, won in their respective races.

These successes were emulated at the state and local level as well. In the state Legislature, 59 out of 60 PAC-endorsed state House candidates and 20 out of 21 PAC-endorsed state Senate candidates were elected. Other major victories included two out of three Michigan Supreme Court candidates, as well as candidates for Macomb County Executive, Wayne County Executive, Michigan Attorney General and Secretary of State.

The Chamber was proud to support these candidates due to their commitment to work across the aisle to achieve results for all of Michigan. The PAC diligently spent the past year interviewing and reviewing candidates to determine those who are in the best position to move Michigan forward. To view a full list of Chamber PAC-endorsed candidates, click here.

Two-Day Detroit Expo Benefits Local Veterans This Week

Military veterans in Southeast Michigan can meet with over 150 agencies, employers and universities at the 2014 Detroit Veteran Expo Nov. 7-8 at Cobo Center hosted by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).

The Expo is a one-stop shop, featuring resources and information in areas including employment, education, health care and military benefits. On Nov. 8, veterans, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses can participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair held in conjunction with the Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The job fair is another shining example of Michigan’s willingness, echoed during the 2014 MICHauto Summit, to put military veterans back to work in order to capitalize on their job-ready skills that can help the state succeed in the global economy. The Chamber remains committed to helping veterans succeed in Michigan’s workforce. Click here for more information and to register for the event.