Las Vegas – Today, the Vegas Chamber announces its endorsements for statewide races including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Controller. The Vegas Chamber is not endorsing in the race for Attorney General at this time.
In the race for Governor, the Vegas Chamber endorses the re-election of Steve Sisolak. The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee based its decision to endorse Governor Sisolak on several key factors. These include his commitment to making Covid relief funds available to small businesses, his opposition to an unemployment insurance tax rate increase, his support of education reform efforts for the betterment of Nevada’s students, his commitment to workforce development initiatives, and his comprehensive understanding of the state’s budget and monetary obligations as the state navigates uncertain economic times in the coming year.
“Nevada’s employers face many critical challenges, as well as opportunities, in the coming years. Governor Sisolak has the experience Nevada needs to pass important legislation during the 2023 Legislative Session, as well as effectively manage the state budget to help our economy grow and create new economic development opportunities,” said Mary Beth Sewald, president and CEO of the Vegas Chamber.
The Chamber is also announcing its endorsements in key statewide constitutional aces including:
- Lt. Governor Stavros Anthony, R
- Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar, D
- Treasurer Zach Conine, D
- Controller Ellen Spiegel, D
“These state-wide candidates have demonstrated an understanding and appreciation for the challenges employers and small businesses face. Each has a track record of working collaboratively to solve problems with a commonsense approach to good governance,” said Hugh Anderson, Chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.
The endorsements are based on a candidate’s stated positions on policies important to businesses, voting record (if incumbent), understanding of issues impacting employers and the regional economy, and willingness to work with the Vegas Chamber on a variety of issues.
Candidate endorsements are decided by the organization’s Government Affairs Committee, comprised of 33 members representing a vast array of employers from several different industries. Government Affairs Committee members interviewed candidates regarding policy positions and priorities, knowledge of business issues and vision for the region and state. Recommendations were made to the full Government Affairs Committee and voted on at its August 2022 meeting.
The Vegas Chamber will be announcing the rest of its endorsements for the General Election in the coming days, including for Nevada Legislature, boards of education, and local government races.