BY: DAVID G. GREINEDER, IOM, ABC PENNSYLVANIA DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
This month, you heard from ABC Keystone’s Board Chair on the consequences of elections. Keeping with that theme, this article will touch on endorsed candidates and the importance of supporting those individuals for office.
First, a brief review of the process. ABC Keystone is part of the five-chapter committee that makes up “ABC Pennsylvania.” Every even-numbered year, this body makes recommendations to the Chapters on candidates to support for office. Each Chapter’s legislative committee, executive committee, and Board reviews the recommendations and makes final decisions on the individuals they believe will be continued champions of ABC’s core principles in the General Assembly.
Starting at the federal level, on August 28, ABC National announced the association’s endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for re-election. The endorsement letter states the President’s continued support for fair and open competition, job creation, small businesses and expanded workforce development initiatives during his first term in office have helped ABC members grow their businesses, upskill their workforce and create career-enhancing jobs. Please stay tuned for future communications on this endorsement. Turning to the congressional candidates, ABC Keystone is going through the endorsement process for Congressman Lloyd Smucker and Congressman Scott Perry. Both congressmen have been true friends and allies to ABC.
At the state-level, ABC Keystone’s Board of Directors has approved a strong slate of candidates for office. Senators Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), John DiSanto (R-Dauphin), Dave Argall (R-Schuylkill), and Mike Regan (R-York) all received ABC Keystone’s endorsement. In addition, the Board endorsed a full slate of candidates running for state House seats across our 11-county region. We will post those names to our website, as there are many.
ABC Keystone also joined the other ABC Pennsylvania Chapters in endorsing Heather Heidelbaugh for Attorney General. Heather was a featured guest at the August meeting of ABC Pennsylvania, where she discussed her campaign and answered questions from our leadership team. Heather is an experienced attorney who has more than 35 years in the courtroom. If elected, she plans to aggressively prosecute crime to keep Pennsylvanians safe, support police and law enforcement officers, fight the drug and opioid crisis, and fight to protect the rule of law. Please stay connected to ABC for communications on this endorsement as well.
The General Election is less than a month away. As an association, we take our role in reviewing and endorsing candidates seriously. We believe it is critically important to elect leaders who understand and are committed to defending free enterprise and the merit shop philosophy. Our Chapter looks forward to building upon our relationships and working closely with our endorsed candidates on policy issues impacting the commercial construction industry.
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Posted October 14, 2020