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Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce announces additional candidate endorsements for 2018 general election, endorses library levy

  The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced a second round of candidate endorsements for the 2018 general election, as well as its endorsement of the Kanawha County Public Library levy. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses candidates who: display leadership to move West Virginia and its citizens forward; advocate policies that create good paying jobs for our region and state; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; support the consolidation of government services, and metro-government; deliver responsible tax reduction when fiscally prudent; and work to keep our hard-working and educated youth in West Virginia. “By endorsing a candidate, the Charleston Chamber believes that he or she will be a strong and effective partner on policies to advance Kanawha County and West Virginia. It does not mean that we agree with or endorse every position held by the candidate,” said Chamber President Matthew Ballard. “We will pursue constructive dialogue with all candidates – those we...Read More >

Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce announces first round of candidate endorsements for 2018 general election, endorses school levy

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce today announced its first round of candidate endorsements for the 2018 general election, as well as its endorsement of the school excess levy. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses candidates who: display leadership to move West Virginia and its citizens forward; advocate policies that create good paying jobs for our region and state; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; support the consolidation of government services, and metro-government; deliver responsible tax reduction when fiscally prudent; and work to keep our hard-working and educated youth in West Virginia. “By endorsing a candidate, the Charleston Chamber believes that he or she will be a strong and effective partner on policies to advance Kanawha County and West Virginia. It does not mean that we agree with or endorse every position held by the candidate,” said Chamber President Matthew Ballard. “We will pursue constructive dialogue with all candidates – those we endorsed and those...Read More >

Charleston Chamber supports passage of library levy

On November 4, 2014 (General Election Day), there will be a question on the ballot asking Kanawha County voters to approve or reject a new levy, which will provide funding for the continued operation of the Kanawha County Library System. A simple majority (50.1 percent) of the votes cast must approve the levy in order for it to take effect. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the levy and encourages Kanawha County voters to vote Yes on Nov. 4. Provided is some information that helps to explain why the levy is on the ballot. Q: WHAT IS THE PUBLIC LIBRARY LEVY ELECTION? Voters are being asked to restore funding for the Kanawha County Public Library (KCPL) system. If approved, the levy will provide funds for the next five years to support the Kanawha County public libraries.  Specifically, passage of the levy would restore $2.9 million of KCPL annual operation and staffing funds lost after a 2013 ruling by the...Read More >

Charleston Chamber releases general election endorsements

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce has released its endorsements for the Nov. 4 general election. “The Charleston Regional of Chamber of Commerce speaks out for the policies and reforms that create jobs, enhance our community and invest in people,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Basile. “Central to our mission is endorsing candidates who share our vision for economic growth and opportunity for the citizens of the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia.” In considering endorsements, the Chamber seeks to identify candidates who: advocate policies that create high value jobs for West Virginia; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; work with the Chamber on economic development public policy; and work to attract and keep young people to West Virginia. As part of the endorsement process, the Chamber also considers a candidate’s effectiveness as a political, business or community leader, and whether he or she is accessible and receptive to the Chamber and the views of the local business community. The Charleston Regional Chamber of...Read More >

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses the following for Tuesday’s Primary Election: Safety Levy Vote “FOR” the Safety Levy U.S. Senate Shelley Moore Capito (R) Natalie Tennant (D) US Congress 2nd Congressional District Nick Casey (D) Ron Walters Jr. (R) WV Senate 8th District Erik Wells (D) WV Senate 17th District Doug Skaff Jr. (D) WV House of Delegates 35th District Andrew Byrd (D) Bret Nida (D) John McCuskey (R) Eric Nelson (R) Chris Stansbury (R) WV House of Delegates 36th District Mark Hunt (D) WV House of Delegates 37th District Mike Pushkin (D) WV House of Delegates 38th District Patrick Lane (R) WV House of Delegates 39th District Ron Walters (R) WV House of Delegates 40th District Tim Armstead (R) Kanawha County Board of Education Ryan White The Chamber interviewed candidates for the Board of Education and believes there are   several credible candidates on the ballot. We encourage our membership to explore those candidates. In making this endorsement, the Chamber intends to...Read More >

Don’t forget to vote today

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of the Kanawha County Safety Levy. A vote on May 13for the safety levy will continue the levy first passed by the citizens of Kanawha County in 1973. This levy is NOT a tax increase. It will only continue the current levy we have in place to support ambulance services, public transit, police services, and fire services. Failure of the levy isn’t an option. It would result in a loss in automatic response for vehicle accidents, reduced service in rural areas, a decrease in bus service and transportation for the disabled and a longer response time for 911 calls. Our public transportation system, KRT, is used by many to ride to and from work every day. The ambulance, police and fire forces are filled with men and women who make it their duty to protect our friends and families. They are there for us 365 days a year. For just one...Read More >

Charleston Chamber supports the Kanawha County Safety Levy

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of the Kanawha County Safety Levy. A vote for the safety levy will continue the levy first passed by the citizens of Kanawha County in 1973. This levy is NOT a tax increase. It will only continue the current levy we have in place to support ambulance services, public transit, police services, and fire services. Failure of the levy isn’t an option. It would result in a loss in automatic response for vehicle accidents, reduced service in rural areas, a decrease in bus service and transportation for the disabled and a longer response time for 911 calls. Our public transportation system, KRT, is used by many to ride to and from work every day. The ambulance, police and fire forces are filled with men and women who make it their duty to protect our friends and families. They are there for us 365 days a year. For just one day — May 13 — they’ll...Read More >

URGENT: Voice your support NOW for WV education reform

Late Thursday, the Senate Education Committee recessed without making a decision on Gov. Tomblin’s education reform legislation (SB359). The bill is currently being retooled, and there is growing concern that it will be watered down to meet the demands of a vocal opposition. Senators have heard from opponents, now they need to hear from you. The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce strongly supports SB359, which is a critical first step in transforming education in West Virginia. We cannot let special interests gut the bill and neutralize those measures necessary for meaningful change. We urge you to call each member of the Education Committee and voice your support for the Governor’s vision. West Virginia is almost heaven, but instead of reaching for the stars when it comes to our children’s future, some appear determined to win a race to the bottom. Micro-reforms will not get us where we need to be fast enough; we need quantum leaps to make sure our children and...Read More >

Don’t forget to vote today.

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce endorses the following candidates in today’s general election: U.S. Senate Joe Manchin III (D) U.S. House of Representatives Shelley Moore Capito (R) Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) State Auditor Glen Gainer III (D) State Treasurer John Perdue (D) Commissioner of Agriculture Walk Helmick (D) Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) Kanawha County Commission Kent Carper (D) WV Senate 8th District Chris Walters (R) WV Senate 17th District Corey Palumbo (D) WV House of Delegates 35th District Chris Morris (D) Doug Skaff, Jr. (D) John McCuskey (R) Eric Nelson (R) WV House of Delegates 36th District Mark Hunt (D) Robin Holstein (R) WV House of Delegates 37th District Meshea Poore (D) WV House of Delegates 38th District Patrick Lane (R) WV House of Delegates 39th District Ron Walters (R) WV House of Delegates 40th District Tim Armstead (R) “By endorsing a candidate, the Charleston Chamber believes that he or she will be a strong and effective...Read More >

Charleston Chamber releases general election endorsements

The Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce today released its endorsements for the Nov. 6 general election. “The Charleston Regional of Chamber of Commerce speaks out for the policies and reforms that create jobs, enhance our community and invest in people,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Basile. “Central to our mission is endorsing candidates who share our vision for economic growth and opportunity for the citizens of the Kanawha Valley and West Virginia.” In considering endorsements, the Chamber seeks to identify candidates who: advocate policies that create high value jobs for West Virginia; strive to improve the quality of life for our citizens; work with the Chamber on economic development public policy; support responsible tax reduction; and work to attract and keep young people to West Virginia. As part of the endorsement process, the Chamber also considers a candidate’s effectiveness as a political, business or community leader, and whether he or she is accessible and receptive to the Chamber and the views of the local business...Read More >