Joanna VanRaaphorst

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Joanna VanRaaphorst
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Candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives District 45
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolRomeo High School
Bachelor'sCentral Michigan University
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner/saleswoman/marketer
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Campaign website
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Joanna VanRaaphorst is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 45 of the Michigan House of Representatives.

Biography

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.[1]

VanRaaphorst, a 1977 graduate of Romeo High School, has a B.A. in business marketing from Central Michigan University (1981).[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

VanRaaphorst's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

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."

Public Schools

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Joanna VanRaaphorst was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Michael Webber defeated Mark Avery and Lana Mangiapane in the Republican primary.[4][5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 45 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Webber 46.5% 4,026
Mark Avery 42.7% 3,702
Lana Mangiapane 10.8% 939
Total Votes 8,667

2012

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom McMillin Incumbent 56% 25,972
     Democratic Joanna VanRaaphorst 44% 20,408
Total Votes 46,380

Personal

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.[1][2]

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