Late on Sunday night, the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee announced its endorsements for the 2014 Davis City Council election. While there are two seats open in this election, the Davis Chamber PAC supported three candidates: Robb Davis, Daniel Parrella, and Rochelle Swanson. This comes on the heels of the Sierra Club’s endorsement of Robb Davis and Rochelle Swanson.
The Chamber also came out against Measure P, the repeal of the water rate initiative, but apparently took no position on Measure O.
(The following is the Chamber’s Press Release).
Davis, Parrella & Swanson supported by business community.
The Davis Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee believes it is imperative that the Davis community has political leadership capable of fostering a community that is not only socially and environmentally sustainable, but also economically sustainable. Our community deserves elected officials and government staff who are willing and able to constructively work with community organizations and private industry to find solutions for current and future community challenges.
Several months ago the Davis ChamberPAC shared our thoughts with the community regarding the desired City Council candidate attributes that we believe will help keep the Council focused on our pressing fiscal challenges. The attributes we are seeking in candidates are:
- Professional temperament & rational judgment
- Independence & absence of future political aspirations
The ChamberPAC interviewed all five City Council candidates and hosted a lively candidate debate several weeks ago. Based on ChamberPAC interviews, the debate and a review of voting records and public comments, the ChamberPAC has determined that three candidates exhibit the desired attributes necessary to fill the two open seats for the June 3, 2014 Davis City Council election:
Robb Davis | Daniel Parrella | Rochelle Swanson
We are confident that each of these 3 candidates will focus on economic development efforts to improve the quality of life in our community, create more high-paying jobs, further cut city expenses and make difficult decisions to get us out of our current city budget crisis, as well as exercising sound judgment in hiring a highly qualified professional leader to become our next city manager.
While we commend John Munn and Sheila Allen for their willingness to continue their public service careers, we ultimately decided that they were not the right candidates to lead our community toward the three legs of sustainability during the next four years.
The ChamberPAC also encourages Davis voters to Vote No on Measure P, the effort to overturn the citizen-approved water rates that provides the funding for our voter-approved surface water project currently under construction.
ChamberPAC fundraising efforts continue to successfully raise donations from numerous businesses and individuals. Donations to support these efforts can be mailed to 604 Third Street, Davis, CA 95616. Business and individual donations, per internally created guidelines, must not exceed $2,500 per election cycle.
The sole funding source for the Davis ChamberPAC is voluntary contributions by individuals and businesses. No funds from the operating budget of the Davis Chamber of Commerce are used to support Davis Chamber PAC activities. Davis ChamberPAC endorsements are NOT voted on by the Board of Directors of the Davis Chamber of Commerce.
The Davis Chamber of Commerce and Davis ChamberPAC are not affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce or the California Chamber of Commerce.