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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2020

 

Indy Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee endorses Governor Holcomb for re-election, bipartisan group of state legislative candidates

 

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The Indy Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) – the political arm of the region’s largest business and economic development organization – today announced its key statehouse endorsements for the 2020 general election. On behalf of thousands of employers across the nine-county metro, the BAC supports Governor Eric Holcomb for re-election, along with a bipartisan slate of state legislative candidates.

“At a time when Indiana is threatened by the COVID pandemic and the economic recession it’s created, we need steady leadership in the Governor’s Office – Eric Holcomb is that leader,” said Indy Chamber President & CEO Michael Huber. “Governor Holcomb has been guided by public health data instead of political doctrine, and has earned the confidence of the business community for managing through this crisis.”

Huber added that Holcomb’s pre-coronavirus record had already made a strong case for re-election.

“Governor Holcomb has made major investments in education and infrastructure, and made workforce and economic development top priorities through his first term,” Huber said. “And he’s joined us in pursuing a more inclusive economy, taking on the lead on issues like fair punishment for bias crimes and common-sense workplace protections for expectant moms.”

The BAC also released a number of endorsements for the Indiana General Assembly. According to Indy Chamber Chief Policy Officer Mark Fisher, the Committee’s choices were guided by support for key business issues, but also a pragmatic approach to crafting solutions and working across the political aisle.

“When we’ve had setbacks at the Statehouse, it’s often because issues were unfairly politicized or used to score partisan points,” Fisher noted. “We don’t expect to agree with every legislator on every topic, but we do support incumbents and candidates that thoughtfully serve their constituents and follow the facts instead of ideology.”

BAC endorsements for the Indiana House of Representatives in Central Indiana include:

 

 

 

 

 

District BAC Endorsement
24 Donna Schaibley
32 Tony Cook
35 Melanie Wright
36 Terri Austin
37 Todd Huston
39 Jerry Torr
40 Greg Steuerwald
41 Tim Brown
86 Ed Delaney
87 Carey Hamilton
89 Cindy Kirchhofer
91 Bob Behning
92 Renee Pack
94 Cherrish Pryor
96 Greg Porter
97 Justin Moed
98 Robin Shackleford
100 Blake Johnson

 

In the Indiana Senate, the BAC supported a number of Central Indiana incumbents and one newcomer:

 

District BAC Endorsement
20 Scott Baldwin
28 Michael Crider
30 John Ruckelshaus
34 Jean Breaux

 

“The 2021 session of the General Assembly will be unlike any we’ve experienced before,” finished Huber. “We look forward to working with Speaker Todd Huston as he presides over his first full session, and with experienced leaders from both parties in both chambers as they take on the challenging task of crafting a budget that positions our region and state for a safe, strong and sustained economic recovery.”

 

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ABOUT INDY CHAMBER

The Indy Chamber is the voice of progress and improvement for the Indianapolis region’s business community. With membership of nearly 2,000 businesses in the Indianapolis region, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region’s workforce. For more information, visit IndyChamber.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Courtney Smallwood, Indy Chamber – csmallwood@indychamber.com

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