Mt. Clemens, Mich., July 20, 2018– As the voice of business for Macomb County, the Macomb Advocacy for Business, operated by the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, sent out questionnaires to selected pre-primary local, county and state election candidates. A committee rates those candidates who respond to that questionnaire. Candidate ratings are based on the candidate’s knowledge of issues relating to economic development, business environment and the future of Macomb County. Those who were not evaluated did not respond to the Chamber’s questionnaire or did not schedule an interview. There will be additional interviews with other candidates for the general election.
“Our evaluation process is truly bi-partisan,” said Grace Shore, CEO for Macomb County Chamber. “This process was not about party affiliation. Our committee was looking for those individuals who are business friendly and can provide the right skill sets and innovation required to move the state and county forward.”
The pre-primary election ratings as determined by Macomb County Chamber include:
2018 Pre-Primary Election
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – 9TH DISTRICT
Candius Stearns REP Not Evaluated
Martin Brook DEM Not Evaluated
Andy Levin DEM Well Qualified- Preferred
Ellen Lipton DEM Not Evaluated
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – 10TH DISTRICT
Paul Mitchell REP Not Evaluated
Frank Accavitti Jr. DEM Not Evaluated
Kimberly Bizon DEM Qualified
Michael McCarthy DEM Qualified
STATE SENATOR – 10TH DISTRICT
Joseph Bogdan REP Minimally Qualified
Michael MacDonald REP Minimally Qualified
Michael Shallal REP Minimally Qualified
Henry Yanez DEM Well Qualified-Preferred
Mike Saliba LIB Not Evaluated
Representative in State Legislature- 25th District
Jazmine Early REP Not Evaluated
Nate Shannon DEM Qualified
Representative in State Legislature- 36th District
Scott Czasak REP Qualified
Frank Lams REP Not Evaluated
Karen Potchynok-Lund REP Qualified
Tom Stanis REP Not Evaluated
Douglas Wozniak REP Qualified
Robert Murphy DEM Not Evaluated
Kristopher Pratt DEM Not Evaluated
Benjamin Dryke LIB Not Evaluated
County Commissioner- 4th District
Steven Bahoura REP Not Evaluated
Joseph V. Romano REP Not Evaluated
Paul M. Smith REP Not Evaluated
Carole Chi DEM Qualified
County Commissioner- 8th District
Phil Kraft REP Not Evaluated
Kurt Kramer DEM Not Qualified
James F. Munroe DEM Qualified
County Commissioner- 11th District
Joe Salvaggio REP Not Qualified
John Tenny REP Minimally Qualified
Fred Barbret DEM Well Qualified
Charles A. Frontera DEM Well Qualified
Harold L. Haugh DEM Well Qualified
KEY TO RATINGS
Not Evaluated – no sufficient information, or candidate did not want to be evaluated.
No Rating – candidate does not meet minimum standards for office.
Qualified – candidate has basic qualifications to perform duties of office.
Well Qualified – candidate has special qualifications for office.
Preferred – used jointly with Qualified or Well Qualified to indicate Chamber’s preference for this candidate. The Macomb County Chamber rating committee may select one “preferred” candidate in a particular race.
About the Macomb County Chamber
Comprised of more than 1,000 businesses, and including various associates and elected officials, the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce supports established and new businesses operating in the county by providing business advocacy, marketing benefits, networking opportunities and community reputability.