The Turlock Chamber of Commerce Turlock Action for Business Political Action Committee (TABPAC) announced that they are officially endorsing a Turlock Mayoral candidate and two Turlock City Council candidates for the Nov. 4 election.
The TABPAC Board has unanimously endorsed Mike Brem for Mayor of Turlock and incumbents Bill DeHart and Forrest White for Turlock City Council.
“This is a winning group of candidates,” said TABPAC Chairman Andrew Wigglesworth. “It is proven, it is experienced, it is dynamic and it has Turlock best’s interests at heart.”
The PAC endorsed Brem, the retired CEO of SupHerb Farms, for his experience.
“Mike is clearly the best candidate for mayor,” said Wigglesworth in a release. “He understands the City of Turlock, he knows agriculture, and he is a fighter for our area.”
The PAC also endorsed Brem for his support of Measure B, the half-cent sales tax that benefits Turlock roads.
“Brem knows that government isn’t just about sound bites,” said Wigglesworth. “He understands how people need to work together to move ahead. We enthusiastically recommend his election as Mayor.”
Typically business groups are opposed to new taxes, but the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has shown its support of Measure B, Chamber CEO Sharon Silva said while the road tax was being approved by Turlock City Council in May.
“We have to look at these roads, not only from the perspective of our citizens who live here, but also from an economic development view,” Silva said. “And they have to be taken care of.”
TABPAC Board also endorsed both incumbents, Dehart and White, running for Turlock City Council.
“We shouldn’t brake [sp] up a winning team,” said Wigglesworth. “Both of these men have provided invaluable leadership for our city. We need to keep them on the job.”
White sits on the Advising Committee for the Citizens for Yes on Measure B, the local committee in support of the road tax.
While TAPO and Turlock Firefighters only endorsed Mayor and Council candidates, the TABPAC also announced they are endorsing Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) for U.S. Representative, California 10th District; Tom Berryhill (R) for State Senate, 8th District; Kristen Olsen (R-Modesto) for State Assembly, 12th District; and Anthony Cannella for State Senate, 12th District, who are all seeking reelection.
“We are lucky to have these representatives in Washington and Sacramento,” said Wigglesworth.
Despite only representing Turlock for a few months, the Chamber PAC is still endorsing Cannella.
Thanks to the 2011 redistricting of California, Cannella’s 12th District has been redrawn and Turlock now lies in the massive 8th District, which includes some Sacramento suburbs, Yosemite National Park, and Death Valley.
Some of those endorsed by TABPAC have already received monetary contributions. Brem received a $1,000 contribution from the PAC on Sept. 14, per a Form 497 reported on Sept. 23.
“Turlock has made great progress,” Wigglesworth said. “Compare us to surrounding cities. Our local and state and federal representatives have done well by the people they represent. They deserve our support.”
At the end of the first filing period, June 30, the TABPAC reported having received $7,850 in contributions, according to the Form 460 filed by the PAC. The Chamber PAC had an $8,324.46 cash balance as of June 30 after making $3,940 in payments and having a balance of $4,414.46 prior to the first filing period beginning.
TABPAC has not made or received any other contributions of $1,000 or more, which are required to be reported by candidates and committees within 24 hours.