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Missouri Chamber PAC endorses pro-jobs legislative candidates in the 2016 General Election

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The Missouri Chamber PAC today announced support for 52 state legislative candidates in the 2016 General Election.

Job creation is key to Missouri’s future. Now, more than ever, we need to elect lawmakers who understand that fact and will take action to protect Missouri’s economy,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “Our endorsed candidates meet the standards employers should demand from the individuals they elect to office.”

PAC EndorsedThe Missouri Chamber PAC goes through a rigorous and deliberative candidate endorsement selection process, which includes analysis of candidate positions on key economic issues and incumbent candidate vote ratings. In the 2016 General Election, the Missouri Chamber PAC will only endorse candidates in competitive races. Survey results and incumbent candidate voting records can be found on the Missouri Chamber PAC’s Election Center.

A 2015 survey of 1,000 Missouri CEOs conducted by Gallup as part of the Missouri Chamber’s Missouri 2030 strategic plan found that business leaders have serious concerns about elected officials’ commitment to growing our economy. Only 20 percent of those surveyed believed that politicians are committed to improving Missouri’s business climate. That number was even lower, just 15 percent, among small businesses with 20 or fewer employees.

“We need to build back employers’ confidence in our elected officials by supporting candidates that will address difficult problems head on – not hide their heads in the sand,” Mehan said. “These issues include finding a long-term solution to our crumbling transportation system, addressing our aging utility infrastructure, improving Missouri’s legal climate and supporting effective workforce development. Employers are tired of impasse.”

Today’s endorsement announcement is a part of a larger Missouri Chamber PAC effort to elect pro-jobs, pro-business candidates that support private sector job creation and economic growth. Each election, the Missouri Chamber PAC provides voter education resources and invests in candidate campaigns and independent expenditures in tight political races.

Below is the full list of Missouri Chamber PAC endorsed candidates:

Endorsements for the Missouri Senate

District Candidate
1 Randy Jotte
15 Rep. Andrew Koenig
17 Sen. Ryan Silvey
19 Rep. Caleb Rowden
21 Rep. Denny Hoskins
25 Sen. Doug Libla
27 Sen. Wayne Wallingford
31 Sen. Ed Emery

 

Endorsements for the Missouri House of Representatives

District Candidate
5 Rep. Lindell Shumake
14 Rep. Kevin Corlew
17 Mary Hill
33 Rep. Donna Pfautsch
38 Rep. T.J. Berry
43 Rep. Jay Houghton
44 Cheri Toalson Reisch
46 Don Waterman
47 Rep. Chuck Basye
51 Rep. Dean Dohrman
54 Dan Houx
57 Rep. Wanda Brown
58 Rep. David Wood
61 Rep. Justin Alferman
63 Rep. Bryan Spencer
64 Rep. Robert Cornejo
70 Mark Matthiesen
78 Erik Shelquist
90 Mark Milton
91 Greg Mueller
93 Landry Sorbel
94 Rep. Cloria Brown
95 Rep. Marsha Haefner
98 Rep. Shamed Dogan
99 Jean Evans
103 Rep. John Wiemann
105 Phillip Christofanelli
106 Rep. Chrissy Sommer
107 Nick Schroer
108 Rep. Justin Hill
111 Rep. Shane Roden
112 Rep. Rob Vescovo
113 Rep. Dan Shaul
130 Rep. Jeff Messenger
131 Rep. Sonya Anderson
132 Thomas Quinn
133 Curtis Trent
135 Steve Helms
136 Rep. Kevin Austin
140 Rep. Lynn Morris
145 Rick Francis
147 Rep. Kathy Swan
149 Rep. Don Rone
153 Rep. Steve Cookson

 

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