Monday, April 23, 2018

State Rep. Mary Whiteford Named "Emerging Leader" By National Republican Group

State Rep. Mary Whiteford speaks at a rally with Vice President Mike Pence on election weekend in Holland in November 2016 (DarKen Photography)

By Brandon Hall
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State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Allegan County has been named as a top "emerging leader" by a prominent national Republican organization.

According to a press release:
"Recently, GOPAC, the Republican Party's premier center for educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders, released their list of legislators creating the 2018 Class of Emerging Leaders. Michigan State Representative Mary Whiteford is named as a member of this class and is the only legislator named from the state of Michigan.
The Emerging Leaders program is a yearlong initiative to coach and develop state legislators from across the country on how to be effective legislative leaders."

Whiteford says she was grateful to receive the honor and will continue fighting for Allegan County in Lansing.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected among such a distinguished group of public servants," Whiteford said in a press release. "I have worked hard to serve the 80th District with passion and a strong work-ethic; representing Allegan County to Lansing – not Lansing to Allegan County... I look forward to learning from policy experts and veteran lawmakers on how to do my job better so we can improve our county and our state. My goal has always been to help make Allegan County a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

GOPAC Chair David Avella notes those selected could be on track for higher office. For Whiteford, that could include the State Senate, or replacing Fred Upton in Congress.
“Our 2018 Emerging Leaders highlight our efforts to promote Republicans who advocate for the personal and economic security of Americans," Avello said in the release. "These men and women are a superb addition to the roster of Republicans we are developing nationwide to lead in their state legislatures and/or run for higher office.”

Whiteford replaced controversial State Rep. Cindy Gamrat after the Todd Courser scandal resulted in her expulsion, defeating Gamrat and Allegan County Commissioner Jim Storey in the primary.

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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