Chamber endorses candidates in Legislative races

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to endorse candidates in the 30th, 31st and 47th Legislative districts, not just on party or position, but on individual candidate qualifications.

The Chamber invited all 12 candidates to participate in an interview process. Those who participated completed a pre-interview questionnaire and scheduled a private interview with the Chamber's Government Affairs Candidate Interview Task Force.

“Our Government Affairs focus is non-partisan," said Terry Davis, Governmental Affairs vice chair for the Auburn Area Chamber. "We center on relationship building with the candidates from both parties insuring they understand our key business issues, and asking for them to include us in their decision making processes.

“This approach leads to decisions that are more balanced and help to improve the economic vitality of our business community.”

The board voted to approve the following endorsements:

Endorsed highly qualified

• Skip Priest – 30th Legislative District, Position 2

• Dan Roach – 31st district, Pos. 1

• Sharon Hanek – 31st district, Pos. 2

• Pat Sullivan – 47th district, Pos. 2

Endorsed qualified

• Carol Gregory – 30th district, Pos. 2

• Ron Weigelt – 31st district, Pos. 1

• Mark Hargrove – 47th district, Pos. 1

• Timothy Miller – 47th district, Pos. 2

Candidates invited to participate but chose not to:

• Mark Miloscia – 30th district, Pos. 1

• Michael Thompson – 30th district, Pos. 1

• Christopher Hurst – 31st district, Pos. 2

• Geoff Simpson – 47th district, Pos. 1


The Task Force used the following criteria to determine its endorsement recommendation to the Board of Directors:

1. Candidate recognizes the Auburn Area business community as a meaningful constituent in their district.

2. Candidate includes the business community in their decision making process, i.e. contacting, engaging, listening, and trying to find positive balanced solutions.

3. Candidate uses a fair and balanced approach in finding solutions for all parties involved.

4. Candidate’s connection with the Auburn Area business community’s priorities on key business issues.

The Task Force used three ranking levels as endorsement possibilities:

1. Not Endorsed: Candidate does not satisfy enough of the criteria to earn an endorsement.

2. Endorsed Qualified: Candidate satisfies all the criteria to earn an endorsement, but their knowledge of all the key business issues needs our assistance to improve.

3. Endorsed Highly Qualified: Candidate satisfies all the criteria to earn an endorsement and in addition truly holds a very strong understanding of the key business issues.



Established in 1925, the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce has been serving the communities of Auburn, Algona, Pacific and unincorporated south King and north Pierce Counties for 83 years.

The Chamber is a private, not-for-profit, member-supported, volunteer-led organization. Our primary purpose is to focus and direct the resources of the business community to maintain and expand commerce in our region.

The Chamber has 575-plus business partners and is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors. The professional staff consists of three full-time, one part-time employee and three contractors who carry out the program of work as established by the Board.

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