For Immediate Release:
November 11, 2016

Contact:
Jeff Wiggins
517.853.2545


ABC of Michigan Congratulates Endorsed Candidates, New House Leadership Team for 99th Legislature

LANSING, MI – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC) congratulated today the 61 ABC-endorsed candidates who were victorious in their election efforts, as well as Speaker-Elect Tom Leonard (R-Dewitt) and the rest of the new House majority leadership team for the 2017-2018 Legislative term.   

“This past Tuesday, Michigan voters sent a clear message to Lansing that job creation, responsible budgets, and free market principles should guide the 99th Legislature,” said Jeff Wiggins, State Director of ABC of Michigan. “The people of Michigan made the choice to continue the pursuit of free enterprise and a government that truly serves the hardworking families of this state. The candidates endorsed by ABC of Michigan represent these principles and we congratulate them on their successful efforts.” 

“Tom Leonard has always been a champion for the merit shop,” said Mike Housemen, chairman of ABC of Michigan. “His uncompromising commitment as a free market defender is second to none and we look forward to working with him and his team in the new year.” 

The following candidates received the endorsement of the ABC of Michigan PAC and won re-election:

District 19 – Laura Cox  District 65 – Brett Roberts
District 36 – Peter Lucido
District 71 – Tom Barrett
District 38 – Kathy Crawford
District 73 – Chris Afendoulis
District 39 – Klint Kesto
District 74 – Rob Verheulen
District 40 – Michael McCready
District 78 – Dave Pagel
District 41 – Martin Howrylak
District 80 – Mary Whiteford
District 42 – Lana Theis
District 81 – Dan Lauwers
District 43 – Jim Tedder
District 82 – Gary Howell
District 44 – Jim Runestad
District 84 – Edward Canfield
District 45 – Michael Webber
District 88 – Roger Victory
District 47 – Henry Vaupel
District 90 – Daniela Garcia
District 51 – Joseph Graves
District 91 – Holly Hughes
District 56 – Jason Sheppard
District 93 – Tom Leonard
District 58 – Eric Leutheuser
District 94 – Tim Kelly
District 59 – Aaron Miller
District 98 – Gary Glenn
District 61 – Brandt Iden
District 104 – Larry Inman
District 62 – John Bizon
District 105 – Triston Cole
District 63 – David Maturen
District 107 – Lee Chatfield


The following candidates also received the endorsement of the ABC of Michigan PAC and won:
  
District 17 – Joe Bellino
District 85 – Ben Frederick
District 20 – Jeff Noble
District 86 – Thomas Albert
District 24 – Steve Marino
District 87 – Julie Calley
District 30 – Diana Farrington
District 89 – Jim Lilly
District 32 – Pamela Hornberger
District 97 – Jason Wentworth
District 57 – Bronna Kahle
District 99 – Roger Hauck
District 64 – Julie Alexander
District 100 – Scott Van Singel
District 66 – Beth Griffin
District 101 – Curt VanderWall
District 70 – James Lower
District 102 – Michele Hoitenga
District 72 – Steve Johnson
District 103 – Daire Rendon
District 77 – Tommy Brann
District 106 – Sue Allor
District 79 – Kim LaSata
District 108 – Beau LaFave
District 83 – Shane Hernandez
 

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is a statewide association serving Michigan's commercial and industrial construction sectors. Founded on the merit shop philosophy to provide equal opportunities to all contractors and all workers, ABC of Michigan works with three state chapters to help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.

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