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Lansing Regional Chamber Celebrates Election Success

Wednesday, November 5, 2014   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release                                                                    Ross Woodstock

                                                                                                            Kolt Communications, Inc.

November 5, 2014                                                                            517-706-0001/517-410-7636


Lansing Regional Chamber Celebrates Election Success

 Winning Candidates Urged to Work Together to Move Michigan and Greater Lansing Region Forward

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) celebrated a successful election night as key candidates endorsed by LRCC swept to victory.   LRCC congratulated Governor Rick Snyder on his reelection and urged the Governor and state lawmakers to work together on critical issues needed to move Michigan forward.

“The Governor certainly earned his reelection through his performance over the past four years, including major business tax reform, creating new jobs and expanding opportunities in education,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer.  “The Lansing Regional Chamber has come out strongly in support of proposals to fund new investment in our state’s infrastructure.  It is our hope the Governor and state lawmakers will work together pass an infrastructure plan before the end of the year.”

LRCC was pleased with the success of the candidates it endorsed for the state legislature, most notably Tom Barrett who defeated incumbent Theresa Abed to win the state house seat in Delta Township/Eaton County. LRCC endorsed candidate Curtis Hertel won the 23rd District State Senate Seat.  LRCC endorsed incumbent state representatives Sam Singh, Andy Schor and Tom Leonard also won reelection.

“We are certain that Tom Barrett will be a great representative for Eaton County and the business community,” said Kristin Beltzer, LRCC senior vice president for government relations & public policy. “We feel that the Greater Lansing region features an extremely strong legislative delegation, and we look forward to working closely with our Capitol Caucus in the coming months.”

In other election related news of importance:

  • LRCC also congratulated endorsed candidates Andrew Abood, who won a spot on the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, and Bryan Beverly who successfully ran for a spot on the Lansing School Board; 
  • LRCC also supported a ballot proposal approved by voters that will allow for suburban representation on the Lansing Board of Water and Light;
  • As a supporter of economic development and job creation, LRCC backed a proposal to allow the City of East Lansing to sell parking lots, however voters defeated the plan; and  
  • LRCC also expressed disappointment that Ingham County voters approved a tax increase to fund parks, even though Ingham County Commissioners had failed to develop a concrete plan for how it would spend new revenues generated by the millage.

“We emphasized from the beginning that we are not opposed to parks or quality of life initiatives by any means,” said Daman. “There needs to be stronger accountability on the part of the Ingham County Commission. Taxpayers deserve to see a thoughtfully developed plan for the parks funds in the very near future.”

The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), LinkedIn and YouTube.


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