"LaSata locks up over 200 endorsements including leaders in law enforcement, agriculture & business”
Republican State Representative Kim LaSata announced the endorsement of all three County Sheriffs in her run to succeed term-limited Senator John Proos in the 21st Senate District.
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, Cass County Sheriff Rick Behnke, and St. Joseph County Sheriff Bradley Balk have all publicly thrown their support behind LaSata’s senate run.
“Our police, fire and other first responders risk their lives every day to protect our community and keep our neighborhoods safe. I’ve got their backs and will work to give them the resources they need do their jobs effectively and return safely to their families every night. I’m proud to have their support,” LaSata said.
LaSata is also receiving widespread support from both small business owners and the agriculture community. “As a small business person in agriculture, I know first-hand much of our Southwest Michigan economy is built on the hard work of small business owners and farmers. I will be their strongest advocate,” LaSata said.
In addition to her endorsements from law enforcement, business and agriculture, LaSata announced the endorsement of over 200 community and grassroots leaders who believe LaSata is a fresh voice with conservative principles who can represent the 21st district in the tradition they have come to expect. Kim LaSata will be a State Senator Southwest Michigan can be proud of.
“I’ve traveled the 21st District over the past two months, amid snow and ice and it has been heartwarming to receive the support of so many old and new friends. It is clear that Southwest Michigan wants a bold, conservative voice in the State Senate. It may have taken a little longer than usual to get rid of the snowflakes and ice this Spring, but temperatures are rising and I’m ready to bring on the heat.” LaSata said.
Kim LaSata currently represents the 79th House District in Northwest Berrien County which is approximately 40% of the primary vote. The remaining primary vote is equally split between the 78th and 59th House Districts.
A partial list of endorsements is below, with the rest available at lasataforstatesenate.com.
Berrien County Paul Bailey | County Sheriff Mike Sepic | County Prosecutor Chuck Heit | County Undersheriff Chris Quattrin | Drain Commissioner Izzy DiMaggio | Hagar Twp. Supervisor Mike Davidson | Chikaming Twp. Fire Chief Dan Unruh | Police Chief of Bridgman Tom Norbey | Lincoln Twp. Trustee Marc Florian | Lincoln Twp. Trustee Michelle Heit | New Buffalo Twp. Trustee Jim Ringler | Niles Twp. Trustee Kent Churchill | Coloma City Commissioner Patty Ceresa | Prosecuting Attorney Betty Knoll | Principal, St. Mary’s of Niles, MI Chris Heugel | President, Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Jollay | Owner, Jollay Markets Brad Wendzel | Owner, Coloma Frozen Foods
George McManus III | Owner, Piggot’s Farm Market & Bakery
Carl Wagner II | Owner of Wagner Family Farms Carl Wagner III | Owner, C3 Seeds Paul Oselka | President, Payjay Excavating, INC.
Cass County Rick Behnke | County Sheriff Joe Underwood | Former County Sheriff Dave Mathews | President, Southwestern Michigan College
Keith McKenzie | Owner, McKenzie Farms, SMC Trustee
Bill White | Owner, White Farms, SMC Trustee
Saint Joseph County Bradley Balk | County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite | County Undersheriff Jason Bingaman | Captain, County Sheriff Kitty Buchner | Jail Administrator, County Sheriff Sen. Cameron S. Brown | Former State Senator, 16th District
Joe Haas | Attorney and former Mayor of Sturgis
Geoffrey Smith | Sturgis Director of Public Safety James Bermingham | Fmr. Three Rivers & Berrien Springs Superintendent