The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is spending the dwindling hours before the polls close encouraging Arizonans to choose candidates who will support policies that drive economic growth.
In an ad running on digital platforms, Chamber President and CEO Glenn Hamer does not advocate for the election of a particular candidate, but rather focuses on the most recent federal jobs report, which says that 250,000 new jobs were created in October.
Hamer says the Chamber isn’t taking anything for granted, even on the final day of the campaign.
“We’re running through the tape,” Hamer said. “For all of those voters who are headed to the polls on Election Day, we want to remind them that our economy is firing on all cylinders, with job growth and wages up, and unemployment way down. If we want to keep the economic momentum going, then we need to support candidates who embrace policies like lower taxes and fewer regulations.”
Hamer points to two statewide candidates as examples.
“We are so fortunate to have Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich at the top of the ticket,” Hamer said. “In Gov. Ducey’s first term, we’ve seen job growth like never before. Companies are choosing Arizona because of our best-in-class business environment, which Gov. Ducey has been instrumental in shaping. And we couldn’t have a better attorney general than Mark Brnovich, someone who has proven his commitment to stand up for Arizona consumers and small businesses.”
Hamer says the jobs report is one of the most encouraging he’s seen in his lifetime, and he attributes much of it to the passage of the major federal tax reduction package and to deep cuts in regulatory red tape.
“It’s stunning,” Hamer said. “A lot of the economic energy we’re seeing right now can be traced directly to the passage of the bill that dramatically reduced the tax burden on job creators and individuals. And the administration’s consistent push to rollback regulations is getting barriers to job creation out of the way so that entrepreneurial activity can thrive.”
Hamer said the business community appreciates the members of Arizona’s congressional delegation who have supported the policies that have led to the economic boom.
“I’d point to delegation members like Rep. David Schweikert and Rep. Martha McSally as two members who have been leaders for job creation,” Hamer said. “It’s no surprise, for example, that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business both endorsed Rep. McSally in her campaign for the U.S. Senate, or that the National Association of Manufacturers recognized her with its Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award.”
Hamer said he hopes voters keep in mind the connection between policy and economic results when they walk into the voting booth.
“We want everyone to vote and, when they do, to have jobs at the top of their mind,” Hamer said. “Things are going great, but it can all vanish if we don’t elect candidates who will support the right pro-growth policies.”