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Peters, Wild get Detroit Regional Chamber endorsement

From: The Detroit News

By Chad Livengood

June 19, 2014

Lansing— The Detroit Regional Chamber’s political action committee is endorsing Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in the U.S. Senate race this year over his Republican rival, Terri Lynn Land.

The chamber’s PAC announced its endorsements for the 2014 election on Thursday.

“Congressman Peters has a proven track record of bipartisan leadership that is focused on solutions instead of partisan bickering,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

The Detroit chamber’s endorsement of Peters also noted the business group has previously supported Land, a former two-term secretary of state.

“She was an effective Secretary of State whom we often supported, and we look forward to working with her again in the future,” Williams said.

In the Wayne County executive’s race, the chamber is backing Westland Mayor William Wild over incumbent Robert Ficano in a hotly contested and crowded Democratic primary.

“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,” Detroit chamber PAC board Chairman Terence Thomas said in a statement. “We thank Bob Ficano for his many years of service to Wayne County and his efforts to attract international investment to the region.”

The Detroit Regional Chamber PAC also endorsed:

  • Former Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop of Rochester over state Rep. Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills in the 8th Congressional District’s Republican primary.
  • Birmingham attorney David Trott over U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford in the 11th Congressional District’s Republican primary.
  • State Rep. Rudy Hobbs of Lathrup Village over Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and former U.S. Rep. Hansen Clark in the 14th Congressional District’s Democratic primary. Foster Burgess of Detroit also is on the ballot in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.
  • Former Rep. Chuck Moss of Birmingham, a former state House Appropriations chairman, in a five-man 13th District state Senate Republican primary that includes former Reps. Rocky Raczkowski and Marty Knollenberg, both of Troy.

In the state Senate’s 5th District Democratic primary, the chamber’s PAC endorsed two candidates for an open seat being vacated by Sen. Tupac Hunter, who is term-limited.

The Detroit chamber endorsed both Rep. Thomas Stallworth III of Detroit and Rep. David Knezek of Dearborn Heights in a crowded field of six candidates, which include Rep. David Nathan and former Rep. Shanelle Jackson, both of Detroit.