John Damoose (R)

Background:

John Damoose is a Republican candidate running for election to represent District 107 in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Damoose graduated for the University of Michigan with a degree in political science in 1994. While there, he served as president of the College Republicans at the University of Michigan.

After graduating, Damoose got a job at the Christian Broadcast Network in Virginia Beach working on the 700 Club. He also wrote and produced a documentary called “Victory in Spite of All Terror.”

Damoose returned to Michigan in 1997 and co-authored a book with then-founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ called “Red Sky in the Morning.”

In 2000, Damoose and his father started 45 North Productions. Over the past 20 years, Damoose co-authored and produced nine television specials on ‘all-American themes.’

John and his wife Margo are longtime residents of Harbor Springs. They have four children.

Endorsements:

The Michigan Farm Bureau

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan

Small Business Association of Michigan’s Small Biz PAC

National Federation of Independent Business

Michigan Retailers Association

Issues:

Environment: “In the end, this needs to be an effort that Republicans take the lead on – there is no reason why we should have let the Democratic Party “own” this issue in the public’s eye. If we do not remain the voice of reason, the people who want to use these issues to further their agenda are lying in wait, ready to act without respect for business, personal property, or the liberties we’ve enjoyed for generations.” Damoose supports building a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to house Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

Economy: “I believe these principles of hard work, self reliance, and limited government line up with moral laws built into the very fabric of human society. Truth be told, I’ve always been more “populist” than “Republican” in many ways – the old “Club Coat Republicans” don’t excite me. It’s what got me fired up about Donald Trump from the day he decided to run.” Damoose’s economic goals include bringing in a steady stream of new full-time residents who have more “skin in the game” than summer visitor, as well as fostering the trades.

Life: “I simply cannot understand how anyone could think abortion is acceptable, but I don’t hate the people who claim to be “pro-choice.”. People on our side need to be careful how we present our views. Yelling and screaming – name calling – these things just back the other side into a corner and ensure they will never listen to us.” Damoose is pro-life, and wants to find ways to reduce the number of children lost. One of the ways he wants to do this is to strengthen laws surrounding the responsibility of the father, and strengthening laws that people present life and adoption as choice.

Illegal Drugs and Opioids: “This crisis is among the greatest threats to our fundamental liberties. Entire communities are being enslaved by this crisis and the crime it brings.” Damoose supports enhanced treatment alternatives for those suffering from addiction, as well as leveraging huge penalties on people who supply drugs. He believes in empowering police to be more aggressive in the enforcement of drug laws.

Second Amendment: “Nobody’s opinion really matters much here – the Constitution gives us the right to bear arms. If someone wants to change that, there are provisions in place to change the Constitution, which is not likely to happen. This is just one of those foundational principles upon which our country is built.”

Top Donors:

Wentworth Majority Fund PAC

Michigan Farm Bureau PAC

John N Damoose

Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC

CMS Energy Employees for a Better Government PAC

*Donor information comes from transparencyusa.org.