The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (GPCC PAC) endorses Debra Stark in the Nov. 8 special election to fill the vacancy in District 3 left by Phoenix City Councilman Bill Gates.
GPCC PAC spans more than three decades of support for candidates in local and state races who have distinguished themselves as knowledgeable and supportive of issues affecting the success of Greater Phoenix area businesses. Endorsement by the GPCC PAC Board requires a super-majority membership vote to ensure that consensus candidates receive the Chamber’s support.
“The Greater Phoenix Chamber PAC Board was very impressed with the quality and qualifications of all the candidates who participated in our candidate interview and evaluation process for the upcoming City of Phoenix Council special election,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce PAC Chairman John W. Moody.
Moody added, “The council will continue to face many important and difficult issues impacting the residents and businesses in our community. The level of professionalism, knowledge of issues affecting business and deep-rooted commitment to our city, as demonstrated by our candidate evaluation process, bodes well for the residents of Phoenix. For the upcoming special election, the GPCC PAC is pleased to endorse Councilwoman Debra Stark. Debra has faced difficult decisions head-on during her time on the council and is prepared to hit the ground running.”
“The Chamber encourages all registered voters to get to know the candidates for both local and statewide offices and vote in the upcoming election on Nov. 8,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Public Affairs Mike Huckins. “Supporting pro-business candidates and making sure the voice of business is heard are core principles of the Chamber and we need the help of voters to accomplish this critical task.”
Early voting for the Nov. 8 election begins on Oct. 12. Voters can request early ballots by calling Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 no later than Oct. 28. Early ballots may be returned by mail, delivered to any of the Maricopa County Elections Offices, the City Clerk Department, to any early voting site or to any polling place on Election Day. To be counted, early ballots must be received by an election official no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
In-person early voting also will be available weekdays from Oct. 12 through Nov. 4 during normal business hours at the Maricopa County Elections offices and on the 15th Floor of Phoenix City Hall.
The GPCC PAC was established in 1978 to help pro-business candidates get elected to state, county and local offices and ultimately improve the overall business climate in Greater Phoenix. The Chamber became a Mega PAC in 2003—the first Chamber in Arizona to achieve this elite distinction which allows the PAC to drastically increase its support of pro-business candidates. To date, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is one of two chambers in the state of Arizona to achieve Mega PAC status.
About the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Representing 2,400 businesses across Metropolitan Phoenix, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is Arizona’s largest Chamber. The Chamber supports the growth and development of business by offering networking and marketing opportunities, money-saving programs and a voice in government, keeping its members informed, connected and prosperous. The Chamber also enhances members’ success by promoting economic development, entrepreneurship and a connection to the community.