In a recent survey of our members, nearly 80% of you told us that you expect the Redding Chamber of Commerce to help identify and, when appropriate, endorse business-friendly candidates. This is something we do not take lightly and we strive to ensure our process is fair to all concerned. Our Board believes it has fulfilled that commitment with the following announcement:
Following a private candidates forum in front of members of the Redding Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee and Board of Directors, the Chamber’s Board made the decision to give its endorsement to the two incumbents: Adam McElvain and Julie Winter.
McElvain, the current Mayor of Redding, and Winter, who served as Redding Mayor in 2019, have each performed well in their roles on the City Council during a time of great challenge and change. The Chamber recognizes their leadership in the midst of the Carr Fire, “snowmageddon”, and the current COVID-19 pandemic. Much has been done to assist businesses from city hall, including an overall reduction of many development impact fees, and stabilization of electric utility rates. Additionally, McElvain and Winter were among their peers on the recent city council-led “Economic Response Plan”, which is infusing $39 million into the local economy at a time when businesses and residents needed it most. Just two weeks ago, the City Council approved $750,000 in CARES Act business grant funding, which complements the $700,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant funds it allocated in July.
It is the belief of the Chamber’s Board that the City of Redding needs stability and continuity on the City Council at this time to continue to build on Redding’s positive momentum – from improved public safety metrics, to the local building boom.
We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with each and believe they will continue to seek the best interests of the Redding community in the decisions they make from the dais.