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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) has announced its first round of endorsements for the 2022 election cycle.

“The November election is one of the most critical elections in recent years because of the changes to districts at the federal, state, and county level said Kevin Shaw, chair, LRC-PAC Board of Directors. “With these new districts, there are several candidates running for different offices, so it is incredibly important to ensure that we are endorsing candidates who will work side-by-side with the business community in meeting priorities that support advancing economic growth, job creation, and fiscal responsibility.

“We are particularly pleased with the bipartisan nature of the candidates we are backing in our first round of endorsements,” said Steve Japinga, senior vice president of public affairs, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. “This is a critical time in our region, making the experience and ability to make thoughtful decisions about difficult issues particularly important. We believe these candidates are well-positioned to continue to work towards addressing economic challenges, accelerating our recovery, and promoting opportunity together.

The bipartisan list of LRC-PAC endorsed candidates includes:

State Senate
21st District: Sarah Anthony (D)
28th District: Sam Singh (D)

State House of Representatives
43rd District: Lindsay Kronemeyer (R)
71st District: Brian BeGole (R)
73rd District: Julie Brixie (D)
74th District: Kara Hope (D)
76th District: Angela Witwer (D)
77th District: Jon Horford (D)
78th District: Christine Barnes (R)
93rd District: Graham Filler (R)

Clinton County Board of Commissioners
1st District: Val Vail-Shirey (R)
2nd District: David Pohl (R)
3rd District: Bruce DeLong (R)
4th District: Ken Mitchell (R)
5th District: Bob Showers (R)

Eaton County Board of Commissioners
1st District: Tim Barnes (R)
2nd District: Blake Mulder (R)
3rd District: Terrance Augustine (D)
4th District: Brandon Haskell (D)
13th District: Jim Mott (R)

Ingham County Board of Commissioners
1st District: Randy Maiville (R)
2nd District: Karla Ruest (R)
3rd District: Chris Trubac (D)
6th District: Vic Celentino (D)
7th District: Thomas Morgan (D)
10th District: Gabrielle Lawrence (D)
11th District: Mark Grebner (D)
12th District: Irene Cahill (D)
14th District: Mark Polsdofer (D)

The LRC-PAC’s endorsement process includes a review of a candidate’s past performance, a written questionnaire, and, in some cases, an in-person interview. Only after this process is completed and a vote of the LRC-PAC Board is taken can a candidate be endorsed and be considered for financial support.