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GRAR Announces Endorsement of Candidates

The GRAR Government Affairs Committee spent several long days conducting interviews with candidates for local and state offices, asking questions related to the free enterprise system and the right to own, use and transfer private property. Upon conclusion of these interviews, the committee made the following endorsements for the November 4 election - links are provided to each candidate's website (when available) in the event you wish to volunteer or make a contribution to the campaign effort:


Candidate Name Race / Office

Tonya Schuitmaker

State Senate, 26th District

Peter MacGregor

State Senate, 28th District

Dave Hildenbrand

State Senate, 29th District

Ken Yonker

State Representative, 72nd District

Chris Afendoulis

State Representative, 73rd District

Rob VerHeulen

State Representative, 74th District

Donijo DeJonge

State Representative, 76th District

Thomas Hooker

State Representative, 77th District

Lisa Lyons

State Representative, 86th District

Mike Callton

State Representative, 87th District


Candidate Name Office / Race

Ted Vonk

Kent County Commission, 1st District

Roger Morgan

Kent County Commission, 3rd District

Diane Jones

Kent County Commission, 4th District

Mandy Bolter

Kent County Commission, 5th District

Stan Stek

Kent County Commission, 6th District

Harold Voorhees

Kent County Commission, 8th District

Emily Post Brieve

Kent County Commission, 10th District

Jim Saalfeld

Kent County Commission, 11th District

Richard Vander Molen

Kent County Commission, 13th District

Casey O'Neill

Kent County Commission, 14th District

Ivory Smith

Kent County Commission, 17th District

Dan Koorndyk

Kent County Commission, 18th District

Shana Schroll

Kent County Commission, 19th District

Mike Haverdink

Ottawa County Commission, 5th District

Greg DeJong

Ottawa County Commission, 8th District

Government 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 Association of REALTORS® (MAR), and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

GRAR Force LogoThe 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.

2014 GRAR Government Affairs Committee Members

RPAC Logo 2RPAC 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

                                                                         What is RPAC and why is it important to both REALTORS® and the consumer?
                                                                         Contribute to RPAC Online
                                                                         Download an RPAC Contribution Commitment Form (pdf)

MAR LogoThe 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.
                                                                         State Legislation Tracker

NAR LogoWorking 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.
                                                                         Current NAR Political Advocacy Issues

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 Jan Baumann at 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.

City Candidate Questionnaire
Township Candidate Questionnaire
County Candidate Questionnaire
State Candidate Questionnaire