COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 11, 2020 – The Ohio Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (OCCPAC) has announced its General Assembly endorsements for the March 17 Primary Election. Of all candidates running in contested primaries for either the Ohio House of Representatives or Ohio Senate this year, 12 received the endorsement.
“The mission of OCCPAC is to identify pro-business candidates for statewide and Statehouse offices that Ohio’s business community can get behind,” said Anthony Lagunzad, director of political & grassroots programs at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. “The candidates we’ve endorsed possess a demonstrated commitment to supporting policies that will make Ohio’s business climate more competitive, have strong real-world business experience, or both of those qualities.”
OCCPAC utilizes a member-driven approach to endorsing candidates for elected office in Ohio, which entails a robust process that analyzes policy positions as well as highlights expertise on various issues. For incumbents, the Ohio Chamber’s Free Enterprise Index score is used as the leading indicator of a candidate’s proven commitment to improving Ohio’s business climate. Additional factors applying to both incumbent and non-incumbent candidates include a candidate survey, personal meetings with candidates, input from member businesses and input from in-district stakeholders.
Of the 12 endorsed candidates, 9 are current members of the Ohio legislature. The remaining three endorsed candidates have been identified as the preferred pro-business candidates in open primary races for the Ohio House.
As the state’s leading business advocate and resource, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce aggressively champions free enterprise, economic competitiveness and growth for the benefit of all Ohioans. With more than 8,000 member companies and business organizations, we have been Ohio’s business advocate since 1893.