Government and Legislative Affairs Program
The GRAR Governmental Affairs program develops, advances, and implements the legislative and regulatory objectives of GRAR at the local, state, and national levels. It consists of three elements that work together to maximize the political strength of REALTORS®: a strong grassroots advocacy network utilizing skilled members of the Government Affairs Committee who serve as key persons, a powerful political action committee, and a 3-way relationship between GRAR, the Michigan REALTORS® (MR), and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
GRAR ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE AUGUST 2, 2016 PRIMARY ELECTIONThe Government Affairs Committee of the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS conducts interviews with candidates running for political office concerning issues related to the free enterprise system and the right to own, use, and transfer private property. Based upon these interviews and responses to questions, GRAR has made the endorsements indicated below. To find out more about the candidate, to offer campaign assistance, or to offer a location for signs, please click on the name of the candidate to be connected to their website or facebook page. Where there is more than one name listed for a race, the committee felt that there was more than one very well qualified candidate for the position.
|Ryan Gallogly||Michigan State House, 72nd District|
|Chris Afendoulis||Michigan State House, 73rd District|
|Rob VerHeulen||Michigan State House, 74th District|
|David LaGrand||Michigan State House, 75th District|
|Casey O’Neill (only primary election endorsement at this time)||Michigan State House, 76th District|
|Tommy Brann||Michigan State House, 77th District|
|Jeff Johnson and Katherine Henry||Michigan State House, 86th District|
|Julie Calley||Michigan State House, 87th District|
|Diane Jones||Kent County Commissioner, 4th District|
|Mandy Bolter||Kent County Commission, 5th District|
|Emily Brieve||Kent County Commission, 10th District|
|Jim Saalfeld||Kent County Commission, 11th District|
|Dan Koorndyk||Kent County Commission, 18th District|
|Shana Shroll||Kent County Commission, 19th District|
|Lisa Lyons||Kent County Clerk|
|Audrey Nevins Weiss||Byron Township Supervisor|
|Bryan Harrison||Caledonia Township Supervisor|
|Craig Stolsonburg||Barry County Clerk|
The GRAR Key Person Program is an initiative of the Government Affairs Committee designed to inform, communicate, and maintain a relationship with legislators and local units of government. There is one key person for each local, state and national elected official, and one key person assigned to each municipality in the GRAR market area.
RPAC is the political action committee of REALTORS®, serving as our membership’s voice in politics. RPAC funds are used to elect pro-REALTOR® candidates at the federal, state, and local levels while also advancing sound policy related to the free enterprise system and the rights to own, use and transfer private property.”Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean that politics will not take an interest in you.” – Pericles
The mission of the Michigan Association of REALTORS® is to be “the recognized public policy and legal advocate for private property rights and for the real estate industry, and the recognized statewide resource (clearing house) for professional development, knowledge exchange, and business service.” The MAR is the state’s largest professional real estate trade association, dedicated to serving more than 23,600 members across the state. Advocacy and public policy activity are the hallmark of MAR.
Working on behalf of America’s property owners, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® provides a facility for professional development, research and exchange of information among its members and to the public and government for the purpose of preserving the free enterprise system, and the right to own, use, and transfer real property.
Political Candidate Interviews: Resources
The Government Affairs Committee of the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® conducts interviews with candidates running for political office. The purpose of these interviews is to determine the possibility of REALTOR endorsement and/or financial support. We encourage all candidates to meet with our committee to discuss important issues facing Michigan. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sue Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.940.8214.
During the interview, you will be asked to introduce yourself and indicate what inspired you to run for office (or to continue in office if you are an incumbent). You will also be asked questions related to the office you are seeking as contained on the questionnaires below. Please complete and return the appropriate questionnaire prior to the interview. If you have a conflict that will prevent you from scheduling an interview, the committee would still be happy to consider your responses to the questionnaire in making an endorsement decision.
Elective office is a noble calling at all levels of government. The Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS respects and appreciates your desire to serve.