PIONEER ENDORSEMENT – U.S. SENATE: Elect Hoekstra as a stronger voice in Washington

There’s nothing wrong with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. In fact, she’s been quite average since becoming Michigan’s first female senator in 2000. Stabenow is a professional politician and little more.

PETE HOEKSTRA

One could argue she has done very little to distinguish herself within the Democratic party or as a spokeswoman for Michigan during her decade in Washington.

It’s time we elected another senator with one of the qualities we admire most about Carl Levin – someone who isn’t afraid to make a little noise to get Michigan’s issues aired in the nation’s Capitol. We need a new, louder voice for Michigan’s concerns.

Voters should choose Pete Hoekstra.

A successful businessman and political leader, Hoekstra graduated from Hope College in 1975 and later earned a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan. He launched a successful career at Herman Miller, Inc. worked in product development, product management, dealer development and rising through the ranks to become Vice President of Marketing.

While at Herman Miller he practiced innovative management practices such as participative management and team building in practical applications. In 1992, Hoekstra defeated a 26 year Republican incumbent in the congressional primary.

Hoekstra has had bipartisan success as part of a Congress that balanced the budget for four years in the late 1990s with President Bill Clinton. He was an effective, respected voice in reforming the Intelligence Community in response to the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the report of the 9/11 commission.

We believe Hoekstra’s business background and common-sense approach to leadership should again find a home in Washington D.C. We hope voters agree.

 

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