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Chris Afendoulis

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Chris Afendoulis
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Michigan House of Representatives, District 73
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Websites
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Campaign website
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Chris Afendoulis is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 73. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Afendoulis served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Afendoulis' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Job Creation and Economic Growth

  • Excerpt: "Job creation is the number one priority for our State. The State needs to create an atmosphere which allows old and new businesses to flourish. This can be done with stable tax rates and reducing over burdensome regulations as well as the overall cost of doing business. This is imperative for the State."

Roads and Infrastructure

  • Excerpt: "To have a vibrant economy, the state needs world class transportation infrastructure. In the short term, road funding should be one of the first priorities of any budget surpluses. The next step should be to find savings in other areas of the budget to further repair our aging infrastructure. As Federal mandates continue to increase gas mileage standards, gas tax revenue will continue to decline. Simply raising gasoline taxes will not be the answer to fixing and maintaining our roads and bridges. A long term solution needs to be developed with the input of taxpayers, road construction experts and government officials."

Efficient and Effective Government

  • Excerpt: "As a CPA who spent 24 years in private industry, I firmly believe that there are always opportunities to reduce the cost of doing business. Government should be no different. The State needs to reduce the overall cost of government by evaluating programs for effectiveness and always working to lower the cost of delivering services. I have seen this first hand in my own Township, where we balance our budget, have no debt and have not raised taxes in 19 years while we continue to provide and improve upon the services our residents need."

On Education

  • Excerpt: "Under the State Constitution we are mandated to provide an education for our citizens. In all the decisions made around fulfilling this mandate, we must remember that the first priority is to do what is best for the children of the State. If all stakeholders approach education in this manner, we will continue to improve the outcomes for our children with educational choice and transparency."

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Mary Polonowski was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Chris Afendoulis defeated six other challengers in the Republican primary. Afendoulis defeated Polonowski in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 73 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Afendoulis 67.7% 24,256
     Democratic Mary Polonowski 32.3% 11,561
Total Votes 35,817
Michigan House of Representatives, District 73 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Afendoulis 36.1% 5,071
Robert Regan 20.9% 2,940
Frank Pfaff, Jr. 19.9% 2,791
John Decker 11.4% 1,602
Tom Norton 7.4% 1,032
Brady Middleton 2.8% 393
Brian Downs 1.5% 210
Total Votes 14,039

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Afendoulis' endorsements included the following:[6]

  • Right to Life of Michigan[7]
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • Detroit Regional Chamber PAC
  • Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS
  • Great Lakes Education Project
  • Commercial Alliance of REALTORS
  • Kent County Law Enforcement Association PAC
  • Michigan Townships Association PAC
  • Small Business Association of Michigan Approved - "Friend of Small Business"
  • State Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons, 86th District
  • Hank Fuhs, Michigan Republican Executive Secretary
  • Jim Saalfeld, County Commissioner (East Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Township)
  • Ted Vonk, County Commissioner (Plainfield Township)
  • Shana Shroll, County Commissioner ( Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids)
  • Dick Vander Molen, County Commissioner (Kentwood)
  • William Byl, Drain Commissioner
  • Greg Dean, Oakfield Township Supervisor
  • Michael DeVries, GR Township Supervisor
  • Chuck Porter, Courtland Township Supervisor
  • Buzz Goebel, East Grand Rapids City Commissioner

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter MacGregor (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 73
2015–present
Succeeded by
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