Former Snyder Administration Officials, Local GOP Leaders Endorse Dan Scripps

Birkholz, Rustem join local county officials in supporting Scripps


NORTHPORT – A pair of former senior officials in Rick Snyder’s administration today joined a group of local Republican officials in endorsing Dan Scripps to be the next State Representative for Michigan’s 101st District. Endorsing Scripps today were former State Senator Patricia Birkholz, who Governor Snyder appointed to lead the Office of the Great Lakes following her fourteen years as a Republican legislator, and Bill Rustem, who previously served as Governor Snyder’s Director of Strategy. In addition, a group of local former Republican elected county officials also announced their support of Scripps. Those local leaders include:

·      Rory Heckman, former Benzie County Sheriff (2009-12)

·      David Shiflett, who served four terms on the Leelanau County Commission

·      Mary Tonneberger, former chair of the Leelanau County Commission

“I’m honored to have the support of thoughtful Republicans like Senator Birkholz and Bill Rustem, as well as local leaders who understand the challenges we face as a state transcend narrow ideological agendas,” said Scripps. “I’m looking forward to representing the diverse views of the people of the 101st District and focusing on workable solutions for moving Michigan forward.”

“We need more people who can work across the aisle to get things done for the people of Michigan,” said Rustem. “Dan Scripps has shown he can do just that.”

“I served with Dan Scripps in the Legislature and had the chance to work with him on a range of issues, from maintaining state control over our wetlands to promoting renewable energy and supporting early childhood education,” said Birkholz. “Regardless of the issue, Dan consistently focused on solutions, not politics. We need more people like Dan in public office.”