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GR Chamber Political Action Committee Announces Endorsements

The Friends of West Michigan Business supports candidates for Senate District 28 and Mayor of Kentwood

GR Chamber PAC Announces EndorsementsToday, the Friends of West Michigan Business, the Grand Rapids Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC), announced its endorsements of Mayor Stephen Kepley for City of Kentwood Mayor as well as Representative Mark Huizenga and Representative Tommy Brann for the Michigan Senate District 28 special election.

The Chamber PAC is funded by the personal contributions of its members. The PAC evaluates candidates who seek endorsement through reviewing candidate responses to a questionnaire, conducting candidate interviews, receiving input from PAC members and reviewing past service of elected officials. Endorsement decisions consider the candidate’s alignment with Chamber policy priorities and requires a two-thirds consensus of PAC Board members.

“The Chamber PAC supports candidates who understand the issues impacting West Michigan businesses and will advocate for policies that support economic growth in our region,” said Chamber President & CEO Rick Baker.

“Strong local leadership has never been more important for maintaining the growth and vibrancy of our region,” said Baker. “Mayor Kepley is a committed public servant with a tremendous record as a consensus-builder. Kentwood has experienced noticeable success under his leadership, and he is uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges ahead.”

“Representative Mark Huizenga has been an important partner in tackling issues such as workforce training, infrastructure and housing during his time as Mayor of Walker and as State Representative,” said Andy Johnston, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Chamber. “He would continue to be a consensus-builder on these important business and community issues in the Senate.”

Representative Tommy Brann is an unabashed champion for small business and free enterprise. He understands small business issues, the importance of taking care of people and has been an advocate on business issues prior to and during his time in the legislature,” said Johnston. “His alignment with the Chamber during his time in office would make him an excellent choice to represent the business community in the Senate.

“We are fortunate to have two candidates with strong business backgrounds willing and able to serve the citizens and businesses of the 28th District,” concluded Johnston.

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