Mesa Chamber to Host Legislative District 18 Candidate Forum

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The Mesa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum where candidates running in the November 8th special recall election will be able to voice their opinions and positions on specific items and issues.

Olivia Cortes has formally accepted her invitation to attend and participate in the candidate forum on October 6. All three candidates will be available to field media questions after the conclusion of the forum.

State Senate President Russell Pearce and Jerry Lewis, two of the three candidates running in the November 8 special recall election in Legislative District 18, will have the opportunity to share their positions in a public forum presented by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The third candidate, Olivia Cortes, has not responded to the Chamber’s invitation.

“We organized this forum to provide Chamber members an opportunity to listen to the candidates’ views concerning important to businesses in Mesa,” said Otto Shill, III, Chair of the Chamber’s Public Policy Council. “This is a critical time for economic development in Mesa and the state of Arizona generally and we want to understand the candidates’ vision for improving our economy.”

The candidates will be asked to respond to a variety of questions submitted by Chamber members and leaders. Question topics will include economic development, job creation, business regulation and taxation, immigration and education.

"Mesa is generating economic momentum," said Peter Sterling, President & CEO of the Mesa Chamber. "We need to know how our elected leaders will build on this momentum."

The forum will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Jack E. Shell Auditorium of the East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W. Main Street. Admission to the forum will be by ticket only. Approximately 500 tickets will be available. An allotment will be provided to each respective candidate who has agreed to appear, Mesa Chamber members and to the general public with emphasis on Legislative District 18 voters. Arrangements are being made for public broadcast and Webcast.

General public ticket requests will be taken through email or phone only.
Phone: (480) 969-1307, extension 16
Email: forum(at)mesachamber(dot)org
Depending upon demand, a limited number of tickets may be available at the event

For media passes, please contact:
Liz Coyle, 480-464-1111, ext. 151 – lcoyle(at)jacksonwhite(dot)com

For more than one hundred years, the Mesa Chamber has been the leading voice and strong advocate of the over 17,000 businesses in the city of Mesa, Arizona. Its mission is to maintain and strengthen a prosperous business climate in Mesa and to enhance the quality of life in the community. An independent member-supported civic organization, the Mesa Chamber is an influential leader in the development of Mesa -- currently the 3rd largest city in Arizona and the 39th largest city in the United States.

Mesa Chamber of Commerce
120 North Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201


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