St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee working to endorse and elect political candidates who support business, the free enterprise system, freedom from unnecessary government regulation, and quality of life in our region.
As a five-star accredited chamber, we have proven our effectiveness as a business support organization. The formation of a PAC was strongly recommended to maintain this highest accreditation ranking.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC will enable us to grow our grass roots effort to increase voter turnout, encourage strong business minded candidates to run for office, and importantly, enable us to add muscle by endorsing not only issues, amendments, tax renewals, etc., but finally, the option to endorse business minded political candidates.
February 26, 2019
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC announces endorsement in City of Covington Races
The St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC, a political action committee of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsements for the March 30, 2019, Covington elections. The CHAMBERPAC Board of Directors voted to endorse the following candidates: Mark Johnson for Mayor, Patrick McMath and Larry Rolling for At Large, Keitisha Young for District A and Mark Verret for District E.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is focused on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers, and their commitment to transparency in government.
The CHAMBERPAC recently interviewed all candidates in the Covington Mayoral and City Council races. Only one candidate, Jerry Lee Coner, declined to participate. The City of Covington is fortunate to have a field of candidates in each race that is willing and eager to serve. All candidates interviewed expressed a commitment to foster and cultivate an environment that is supportive of economic progress and the business community in Covington, while also retaining Covington’s unique cultural heritage. St. Tammany Parish’s rapid growth has created many challenges, the most pressing being drainage and transportation infrastructure. Many candidates stressed the importance of working together to address the challenges that Covington faces on a City, Parish and Statewide level.
The next administration should address issues that are important to its citizens and the business community including: Attracting and retaining businesses that complement the city; Sustainable land use, development and addressing blight; Streamlining the city’s permitting process, reasonable and uniform code enforcement, and updating local ordinances where appropriate; Quality of life issues, particularly for the economically disadvantaged; Creating and promoting long term vision for the city through proper planning including the West 30s community as a direct priority.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee working to recruit and elect political candidates who support business, the free enterprise system, freedom from unnecessary government regulation, and quality of life in our region. The CHAMBERPAC presently has nearly 200 members.
Their intention is to endorse candidates that are concerned about issues important to businesses, to enable them to be successful, and contribute to our quality of life.
The primary election for Covington’s municipal races will be held March 30th and early voting is March 16th through March 23rd.
Council at Large:
October 16, 2018
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC announces endorsement in Abita Springs mayoral race
On Monday, October 15, the St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC, a political action committee of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, conducted interviews of candidates seeking the office of mayor in the Town of Abita Springs. Immediately thereafter, the CHAMBERPAC Board decided to endorse newcomer George Long in the race for the mayor of Abita Springs.
“St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is focused on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers, and their commitment to transparency in government,” stated CHAMBERPAC Chairman, Townsend Underhill. These factors contributed to the CHAMBERPAC’s endorsement of Mr. Long well ahead of the early voting which begins October 23.
There are four other candidates in the Abita mayor’s race, including incumbent Greg Lemons, Alderman Dan Curtis, Jessica Lotspeich and John Preble. Each candidate was sent a questionnaire with a request for their resume, enabling the PAC board members to learn about them prior to interviews held this morning. Preble declined to participate. While Lemons did submit both documents and scheduled the interview, he cancelled at the last minute. “The participating candidates did very well during their individual interviews. Each has entered the Mayor’s race and offered themselves to public service for all the right reasons,” added Underhill.
The CHAMBERPAC board also interviewed the candidates for the mayor of Folsom, Wendell Sams and Lance Willie. Both candidates appear qualified and able to lead the village; the PAC board declined to endorse in that race.
“Because St. Tammany continues to grow including in the smaller towns of Madisonville and Abita Springs and the Village of Folsom, our board agreed to interview and potentially endorse in these mayoral races,” Underhill explained. “CHAMBERPAC is grateful for each candidate’s commitment to public service and their willingness to put themselves out here for public scrutiny. Thank you to each candidate that participated in this process with us.”
August 23, 2018
ChamberPAC to host Wine Dinner Fundraiser
The St. Tammany ChamberPAC is hosting a Wine Dinner on Thursday, September 27, 6pm at The Greystone in Mandeville to support their efforts to promote candidates who commit to work with the business community, listen to concerns expressed by employers, and commit to transparency in government.
There you will hear colorful commentary from former Speaker of the House Bubba Henry and Judge Max Tobias as they discuss the 1973 Louisiana Constitutional Convention. Learn from those involved how leaders came together to re-write Louisiana’s Constitution 45 years ago and lessons learned that can be used as the push to establish another convention continues.
Enjoy 4 courses of fine dining with curated wine pairings. The menu is:
- 1st Course: Wedge Salad paired with J Lohr Arroyo “Arroyo Secco” – Chardonnay
- 2nd Course: Redfish Menurere paired with Ponzi “Tavola” Pinot Noir
- 3rd Course: 6 oz Filet with mushroom demi-glace paired with Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Red Blend
- 4th Course: Chocolate Cake paired with Warre’s LBV Port
Cost is $125 for ChamberPAC members and $150 for non-members. You can purchase tickets online or call 985-892-3216.
September 6, 2017
ChamberPAC issues co-endorsement for Ward and Wright
The St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC, a political action committee of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsements for the October 14, 2017, District 77 House of Representatives seat.
“St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is focused on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers in their district, and their commitment to transparency in government,” stated CHAMBERPAC Chairman, Bret Kolman. These factors contributed to the CHAMBERPAC’s co-endorsement of both Lisa Condrey Ward and Mark Wright.
“We encourage the broader business community to support these candidates in the upcoming October 14 elections,” Kolman said.
‘There are four candidates in the race, including Rob Maness and Casey Revere. Each of the four candidates did very well during both the Chamber forum and their individual interviews with the PAC board, each has entered this race and offered themselves to public service in our legislature for all the right reasons,” added Kolman.
The ChamberPAC interviews were held immediately following a St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce luncheon forum featuring all 4 candidates before an audience of over 120 voters at the Clarion Hotel.
Election Day is Saturday, October 14 and early voting is September 30-October 7. If elected, Ward or Wright will fill the remaining term of long-time public servant John Schroder.
March 9, 2017
CHAMBERPAC endorses McMath for Covington Council
CHAMBERPAC is pleased to announce its endorsement of Patrick McMath for the City of Covington Council-at-Large election. This endorsement was reached after a candidate questionnaire and personal interview with the CHAMBERPAC Board of Directors. All candidates were invited to participate in the process. Click here to view the candidate questionnaires received.
According to CHAMBERPAC chairman Bret Kolman, “we focus on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers in their city, and their commitment to transparency in government. We feel that Patrick is committed to improving his city and is dedicated to its responsible growth.”
McMath believes that Covington is on the right path, “but our infrastructure, drainage and traffic issues must be resolved as swiftly as possible, and without raising taxes; our economy must continue to grow but in keeping with the small-town charm of our city; as the newest and youngest member of the City Council, I will bring fresh eyes and a different perspective to Covington.”
Election Day is Saturday, March 25 and early voting is March 11-18. If elected, McMath will fill the remaining term of long-time public servant Lee Alexius.