Endorsement

Free Press endorsements in legislative primaries

The Free Press Editorial Board makes its endorsements in the some of the most competitive legislative races in metro Detroit on the August 2nd primary ballot. 

State House District 1 — Democratic primary

Incumbent Brian Banks is sometimes capable of being a persuasive advocate for the most vulnerable residents of this east-side Detroit, Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods district. He’s an important voice in the Legislature.

Unfortunately, that voice is badly compromised by his obviously poor judgment in the way he conducts his personal affairs. Convicted of eight felonies — mostly for financial crimes — before he was even elected, he now faces new charges that he used fake pay stubs to get approval for a loan.

Enough’s enough. Time for a change.

The best pick among a crowded field of Democratic challengers is PAMELA SOSSI, a young lawyer whose specific ideas about revenue growth, the importance of support for cities and the desperate need for criminal sentencing reform in Michigan make her a standout.

Washington Youson, who was district director for former Congressman Hansen Clarke, is also impressive.

But Sossi, 32, of Harper Woods demonstrates a deeper grasp of the policy issues she’d face in Lansing, and has concrete solutions to offer.

Michigan Retailers Association Names Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. "Friend of Retail"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              Contact: Mike Norris

Wednesday, July 13, 2016                                                                              Phone (863) 307-9553

                                                                                                Email: mike@whitefalconconsult.com

Michigan Retailers Association Names Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. “Friend of Retail”

Detroit –  The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) joined the list of organizations backing Pamela Sossi for State Representative in the 1st District on Tuesday. The MRA named Pamela a “Friend of Retail,” in recognition of her “understanding of retailers priorities and a willingness to work towards solutions.” The MRA represents over 15,000 stores throughout Michigan.

“Bringing jobs back to District 1 should be the priority of any legislator representing this area,” Sossi said. “Retail makes up almost a quarter of Michigan’s economy and employs over 850,000 people statewide. I look forward to working with the Retailers to bring quality jobs back to the District.”

The 1st District includes the cities of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods as well as portions of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. The Primary Election is August 2.

www.pamelasossi.com

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Michigan Restaurant Association Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               Contact: Mike Norris

Monday, July 11, 2016                                                                                     Phone (863) 307-9553

                                                                                                Email: mike@whitefalconconsult.com

Michigan Restaurant Association Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

Eleven House Candidates Receive A Primary Endorsement; Sossi The Only Challenger

Detroit –  The Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) is pleased to announce that the MRA Board of

Directors has endorsed Pamela M. Sossi in the August 2nd Primary Election for Michigan House of Representatives, District 1.

“As the daughter and cousin of restauranteurs, I am honored to have not only received the support of the MRA, but to be the only challenger to do so,” said Pamela M. Sossi. “The MRA represents an industry at the forefront of Detroit’s renaissance, employing over 421,000 and contributing $15.4 billion to our economy every year. I look forward to helping Michigan’s restaurants bring much needed jobs back to District 1.”

“With such an important election this November, it is imperative that we get the right candidates in a position to win this fall,” said Robert O’Meara, MRA Vice President of Government Affairs. “We wish them luck heading into the primary election and look forward to our continued working relationship.”

The 1st District includes the cities of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods as well as portions of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. The Primary Election is August 2.

www.pamelasossi.com

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Michigan Credit Union League Endorsement Letter

July 5, 2016

Pamela Sossi
21628 Newcastle Road Harper Woods, MI 48225

Dear Pamela,

Congratulations!  The Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund (State PAC) Board of
Trustees is pleased to inform you that we have voted unanimously to endorse your candidacy for the Michigan House of Representatives for the 2016 election.

The MCUL State PAC is a political action committee that provides financial and grassroots support to candidates that understand and support the credit union philosophy difference and support credit union efforts to grow, serve, and remain strong. The MCUL State PAC is sponsored by the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates (MCUL), the state-wide trade association representing 100% of Michigan’s 248 credit unions serving more than 4.8 members.

If you have any questions, please contact Kirk Hanna, MCUL VP of Governmental Affairs by phone at 1-800-262-6285, extension 465 or via e-mail at kirk.hanna@mcul.org; or Jordan Kingdon, MCUL Director of Governmental Affairs by phone at 1-800-262-6285, extension 475, or via e-mail at Jordan.kingdon@mcul.org.

Congratulations and good luck with your campaign!

Sincerely,
Kirk Hanna
Vice President Government Affairs
110 W. Michigan, Suite 400
Kirk.Hanna@mcul.org

 

Small Business Association of Michigan Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               Contact: Mike Norris

Tuesday, June 21, 2016                                                                                  Phone (863) 307-9553

                                                                                                Email: mike@whitefalconconsult.com

Small Business Association of Michigan Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

Detroit –  The Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) has endorsed Pamela Sossi, Democrat candidate for District 1, in the Michigan House of Representatives.

“As a small business owner, not a career politician, I am honored to have the endorsement of the Small Business Association of Michigan,” said Pamela Sossi. “The majority of new jobs created in Michigan come from small businesses. As District 1’s next Representative, I will always work to encourage the growth of small businesses and bring jobs back to District 1.”

“Jobs are the number one political issue in Michigan today, and voters know that small businesses are the engine of Michigan’s economy and are creating most of the new jobs in Michigan and our country” said Tony Stamas, Vice President of Government Relations for SBAM. “You would be an elected official who would support small business when it matters, and consequently, help Michigan to create the jobs it so desperately needs.”

The 1st District includes the cities of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods as well as portions of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. The Primary Election is August 2.

www.pamelasossi.com

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Roofers Union Local 149 Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               Contact: Mike Norris

Thursday, June 16, 2016                                                                                 Phone (863) 307-9553

                                                                                                Email: mike@whitefalconconsult.com

Roofers Union Local 149 Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

Detroit –  Another building trade joined the list of organizations backing Pamela Sossi for State Representative in the 1st District on Thursday. The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers And Allied Workers Local 149 enthusiastically endorsed Sossi. Roofers Union Local 149 represents 800 highly skilled workers in the roofing and waterproofing industry.

“It’s an honor to have these hard working men and women supporting my campaign,” Sossi said. “The building trades in Wayne County are a critical part of our economy and to have them support me and our campaign is truly amazing. I look forward to working with them to bring quality jobs back to the district.”

The 1st District includes the cities of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods as well as portions of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. The Primary Election is August 2.

www.pamelasossi.com

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Michigan Farm Bureau Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               Contact: Mike Norris

Monday, June 13, 2016                                                                                   Phone (863) 307-9553

                                                                                                Email: mike@whitefalconconsult.com

Michigan Farm Bureau Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

Detroit – Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgriPac Committee released the list of its Primary Election endorsements, including a nod for Pamela Sossi’s campaign in Michigan’s 1st House District. AgriPac’s “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement recognizes Pamela’s exceptional support for the agriculture industry, as the granddaughter of farmers from Michigan’s Thumb region.

"We need leaders who understand, appreciate and respect agriculture's contribution to Michigan's economy," said Sarah Black, AgriPac secretary and director of MFB's Public Policy and Commodity Division. "It's one of Michigan Farm Bureau's top priorities to identify and help elect Friends of Agriculture."

“I'm honored to receive the support of the Michigan Farm Bureau, an organization that represents thousands of family farmers and producers across our great state,” said Pamela Sossi. “Agriculture is the second largest sector of our economy and supports nearly one in four jobs. I am committed to fighting every day for our farmers and the agricultural economy of Southeastern Michigan.”

Michigan Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm organization, representing almost 200,000 members statewide.

The 1st District includes the cities of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods as well as portions of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. The Primary Election is August 2.

www.pamelasossi.com

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Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 292 Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               Contact: Mike Norris

Wednesday, June 1, 2016                                                                               Phone (863) 307-9553

                                                                                                Email: mike@whitefalconconsult.com

Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 292 Endorses Pamela M. Sossi, Esq. for the 1st House District

Detroit – Today, the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 292 announced their unanimous endorsement of Pamela M. Sossi, Esq., candidate for State Representative in the 1st House District. Mark VanAvery, Business Manager for the Local 292 commented, “We are aware of your reputation and qualifications as an Attorney and Counselor in the District and we believe that your education, experience, work ethic and advocacy for progress make you the superior candidate to represent District 1.”

“I am honored to receive the trust and support of the Local 292. Their endorsement, along with other endorsements I have received throughout the community, demonstrates the trust that the residents of District 1 have placed in my candidacy. I will restore integrity to the seat and ensure that ALL the citizens of District 1 have a voice in Lansing.”

The 1st District includes the cities of Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods as well as portions of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. The Primary Election is August 2.

www.pamelasossi.com

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