Nate Knapper

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Nate Knapper
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 43
Campaign website
Nate Knapper was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 43 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1]


Campaign themes


Knapper's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Economy + Jobs

  • Excerpt: "While Michigan’s economy is improving, job creation must remain our top priority. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan’s unemployment rate is still the fifth-highest in the nation (7.8%). By keeping taxes low and eliminating unnecessary occupational licensure requirements, we can create a business-friendly climate that promotes innovation and investment. "


  • Excerpt: "Our Declaration of Independence recognizes that the Creator has endowed every person with an inalienable right to life. This includes those yet to be born. As a State Representative, I’ll firmly support policies that extend this right to those in the womb. "


  • Excerpt: "It’s been a harsh winter, and it’s time to repair the roads. We must adequately invest in our transportation infrastructure. The Legislature recently passed a $329 million spending bill to fund road maintenance and construction projects. If elected, I’ll push to ensure that our District is awarded the maximum possible funding allocation so we can make the necessary repairs. "


  • Excerpt: "The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution grants citizens the right to keep and bear arms. I’ll defend these rights as a member of the Legislature. "

Human Trafficking

  • Excerpt: "As a member of Attorney General Schuette’s 2013 Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking, I recognize the heinous nature of this crime and will continue to support legislative efforts to break the chains of modern-day slavery."



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. Dennis Ritter defeated Neil Billington and Robin McGregor in the Democratic primary. Jim Tedder defeated Jose Aliaga, Paul Greenawalt, Nate Knapper and Andrea Schroeder in the Republican primary. Tedder defeated Ritter in the general election.[3][4][1][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 43 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Tedder 58.2% 18,662
     Democratic Dennis Ritter 41.8% 13,379
Total Votes 32,041
Michigan House of Representatives, District 43 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Ritter 49.6% 2,504
Robin McGregor 42.9% 2,164
Neil Billington 7.5% 377
Total Votes 5,045
Michigan House of Representatives, District 43 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Tedder 30.5% 3,007
Andrea Schroeder 28.9% 2,846
Jose Aliaga 21.8% 2,146
Nate Knapper 15.4% 1,515
Paul Greenawalt 3.4% 332
Total Votes 9,846



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

  • Right to Life of Michigan
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Michigan Retailers Association
  • Robert Gosselin, Oakland County Commissioner
  • Mike Sabol, Clarkston City Councilman
  • Kendall Wingrove, Senior Communications Specialist - Delta Dental of Michigan, former Media Services Manager - Michigan Senate
  • Maria Carl, President - Walton Charter School Board, widow of Michigan Senator Doug Carl
  • Jerry Walker, Village Manager - Village of Holly, former Police Chief & City Manager - Walled Lake
  • Nancy Hitchcok-Marsack, Flute Instructor - Orion Chamber Music Society, Home School Teacher
  • Ron J. Wilson, CHA, Chief Executive Officer - Hotel Investment Services, Inc.
  • Pete & Nancy Caruso, Uncle Peter's Pasties - Owners and Operators
  • Jason Bulbuk, Attorney & Clarkston Resident
  • Fred Reichert, IT Program Manager - General Motors
  • Brent Nelson, Pastor for Preaching and Theology, Five Points Community Church
  • Steve Brown, Pastor, North Oaks Community Church
  • Carol Geiger, Precinct Delegate - Waterford Township, Precinct 16
  • Roxie Fittonneville, Ph.D, Precinct Delegate - Independence Township, #3, Former Technical Manager, Engineering - GM
  • Clifford Church, Precinct Delegate - Independence Township, Precinct 10
  • Eugene & Darcy Mazza, Mazza Company Concrete, Mazza Building and Development

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