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RCNMC Endorsements for 2018 GOP Primary

The Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County (RCNMC) is honored to recognize and endorse the following candidates for the August 7, 2018 Primary Election or the August 25, 2018 State Republican Convention (candidates sorted alphabetically be last name):

  • Governor — Brian Calley, Bill Schuette
  • Attorney General* — Tom Leonard, Tonya Schuitmaker
  • Secretary of State* — Mary Treder Lang
  • State Senator – 8th District — Peter J. Lucido
  • State Senator – 10th District — Michael MacDonald, Michael Shallal
  • Rep. in State Legislature – 36th District — Scott Czasak, Karen Potchynok-Lund
  • Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds — Julie Williams
  • Macomb County Commissioner – 13th District — Leon Drolet
  • Armada Township Trustee — Jim Goetzinger
  • Washington Township Trustee — Gary Kopp

* denotes candidate race determined in State Republican Convention on August 25, 2018

The endorsements recognize those candidates in contested primary or convention races that the RCNMC believes demonstrate a commitment to the Republican Party platform and can best represent the Republican Party in the North Macomb area.

Only contested races for the GOP Primary in August were considered at this time.

2018 GOP Primary Endorsement Approach

Endorsements for the 2018 GOP Primary elections were considered and determined by the RCNMC Executive Committee except for those members who are running for office in the same cycle.  The members of the RCNMC Endorsement Committee are as follows:

  • Hank Anderson, Chesterfield Township — RCNMC Member-at-Large and Chesterfield Township Trustee
  • Jaime Greene, Richmond — RCNMC Member-at-Large and member of Richmond City Council
  • Rob Montilla, Macomb Township — RCNMC Chair and former chair of the Macomb GOP
  • Keith Rengert, Richmond Township — RCNMC Immediate Past Chair and former Macomb County Commissioner
  • Mark Scully, Macomb Township — RCNMC Membership Director and GOP activist
  • Linda Torp, Harrison Township — RCNMC Vice-Chair and former chair of the Macomb GOP
  • Kathy Vosburg, Chesterfield Township — RCNMC Treasurer, Chesterfield Township Trustee and former Macomb County Commissioner

The committee reviewed contested GOP primary races that impact the North Macomb Area at a state, county and local level only.  Federal positions were not considered.  Races with only a single contestant were also not considered.  This left the following races to be reviewed for endorsement:

  • Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Senator – 8th District
  • State Senator – 10th District
  • Representative in State Legislature – 36th District
  • Macomb County Executive
  • Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds
  • Macomb County Commissioner – 13th District
  • Armada Township Trustee
  • Washington Township Trustee

In May, the RCNMC sent out a questionnaire to all GOP candidates in state, county and local races impacting North Macomb County.  Many candidates returned answers to these questions.  This was one element used to consider candidates for endorsement.

Candidates were considered and decisions were made based on any of the following criteria:

  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • Committee knowledge of the candidates
  • The candidate’s demonstration of having a strong campaign structure.  This included looking at when they filed their campaign and the state of their campaign finance.
  • The perceived ability of the candidate to win the general election
  • The candidate’s open history of support for conservatism and supporting the Republican Party

The Endorsement Committee then chose to endorse one, two or zero candidates in each race.  The goal is to recommend the person or persons that can best represent the Republican ticket and in some cases the committee felt multiple people could succeed with this objective.

Why the RCNMC is Endorsing in the 2018 Republican Primary Election

Earlier this year, the RCNMC Executive Committee voted unanimously to make endorsements in the 2018 Republican primary election.  This was a change to the longtime stance of the group to avoid endorsing in primaries.  The question some are asking is…what changed?

Well here in Macomb County, where anything goes, the reason can essentially be summed up in two words:  Karen Spranger.  Spranger surprised in winning not just the 2016 Republican primary race for Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds but, riding the Macomb County wave of support for President Donald Trump, she also defeated the more well funded and organized Democrat challenger, Fred Miller.  News reports detail the many eccentricities and embarrassing behaviors conducted by Spranger until a judge removed her from office.  However the memory of Spranger’s tenure in the position are a stain for the county as a whole and the Republican Party.

Spranger won the GOP primary by 312 votes over runner up Julie Williams, less than 1% of the total votes cast in that race.  But what if people spoke up more about potentially better candidates in the race?  The core political party apparatus on both sides generally stays out of publicly supporting anyone in a primary race for fear of alienating a portion of the party base.  The RCNMC had similar considerations but as an independent entity can choose its own rules to engage and decided it was time to make a change.

One of the purposes of the RCNMC is “to promote and work for the best possible government of the people of northern Macomb County.”  The Executive Board felt this was a more pressing concern than continuing to stay neutral in primary races.  It is with this notion in mind, and with the experience of local elected officials and longtime party activists in the RCNMC, that the group decided to take a stand and change their position about endorsing in the primary.  We are hopeful that we can help point out qualified candidates to the general public now and into the future.