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|Michigan House of Representatives District 45|
|High school||Romeo High School|
|Bachelor's||Central Michigan University|
|Profession||Small business owner/saleswoman/marketer|
VanRaaphorst is a partner in her husband's periodontal practice, which the two purchased in 1991 and expanded to a full-time office. She has over twenty years of experience in sales and marketing, working for Holiday Inn, Sheraton, the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.
VanRaaphorst, a 1977 graduate of Romeo High School, has a B.A. in business marketing from Central Michigan University (1981).
VanRaaphorst's website highlights the following campaign themes:
Business and Jobs
- Excerpt:"As our state representative, I will focus of my time on working for a strong local and Statewide economy. We need to continue to streamline government to make it friendly for new businesses as well as existing businesses."
- Excerpt:"I will support our public schools as it is critical to the success of our children, community and our State. My focus is to support legislation that provides adequate, stable funding for early childhood through college or technical school education."
Less Government and More Local Control
- Excerpt:"I believe communities should have control over laws that govern us. We need a strong advocate in Lansing who will fight for our right to self govern. It is critical that local communities have the resources needed for safety and infrastructure needs."
VanRaaphorst ran in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 45. She defeated Ted Golden and Douglas Wilson in the August 7 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Tom McMillin (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. 
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Tom McMillin Incumbent||56%||25,972|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 45 Democratic Primary, 2012|
VanRaaphorst's husband, Paul, is a periodontist; they have a son who graduated from Oakland University in 2012, and a daughter studying at Albion College. She lists swimming, biking, tutoring, and cross-country skiing as activities.
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- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Joanna VanRaaphorst on Facebook
- Joanna VanRaaphorst on YouTube
- Committee to Elect Joanna VanRaaphorst, "About Joanna," February 17, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Joanna VanRaaphorst, Campaign Facebook page, retrieved August 6, 2012.
- "joannaforrochester," Official Campaign Website
- Michigan Department of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," Accessed June 6, 2012
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