• Candidate Alignment


The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, as advocates for Dubuque area businesses, is dedicated to advancing policies that help grow your business and our economy. As part of the Chamber’s work to pursue this effort, we now inform members about local and state candidates’ alignment with the Chamber’s pro-job, pro-business priorities. Candidates that are in alignment with the Chamber’s priorities are considered in endorsement of the Chamber’s agenda.

The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce does not consider political party affiliation in the alignment process and does not endorse one candidate over another in any race. Furthermore, the Chamber does not financially contribute to any campaign in any way. The process used by the Chamber may allow multiple candidates to be endorsed for the same race. The Chamber does not attempt to sort out the truth about candidate’s personalities, or the candidate’s stance on non-business issues, their organization’s mission requires focus on what candidates for elected office say they will do regarding business issues, and what they actually do while holding office.

Candidate alignment to Chamber priorities is evaluated based on priorities including, but not limited to:

  • Chamber supports policies that are conducive to building a robust business climate.
  • Chamber supports a pro-jobs, pro-growth economic agenda.
  • Chamber supports a business-friendly climate that protects free enterprise and fosters business growth.
  • Chamber opposes government-imposed mandates on business.
  • Chamber supports reducing the tax and regulation burdens on business and industry.
  • Chamber supports economic development tools and incentives to encourage investment and create jobs.
  • Chamber supports innovation and entrepreneurial development.
  • Chamber supports riverfront development to generate revenue and stimulate growth.
  • Chamber supports policies that remove barriers to business efficiency and growth.

There will always be those disappointed by the Dubuque Area Chamber’s alignment decisions, however, the Chamber has based their decisions strictly on which candidates were most closely aligned with Chamber priorities that were further emphasized in the candidate questionnaires and interviews.

All candidates participated in the candidate alignment process and all were eligible for a Chamber endorsement.

Chamber Announces Candidate Alignment

The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, announces their candidate alignments for the November elections for Dubuque County Supervisor, Iowa House and Senate.  As the voice of the business community, the Chamber wants to inform our members about local and state candidates that aligned with the organization’s pro-business, pro-growth priorities.

“We work with all our elected officials to advance policies that build a robust business climate,” stated Chamber President, Molly Grover, adding, “We need policies that make our business community thrive and prosper”. As part of the Chamber’s work to pursue this effort an alignment process was established.

The Chamber’s appointed Candidate Alignment Taskforce conducted a screening and evaluation process for the Dubuque County Supervisors and the Iowa State House and Senate races to determine those candidates aligned with the Chamber’s legislative priorities. After a thorough and completed process, the Candidate Alignment Taskforce gave their final recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors who approved the slate at their board meeting on September 27, 2018.

The alignment process allows for any and all candidates to earn Chamber alignment status.  The non-partisan process invites all (of the indicated election races) to participate, does not pick race “winners” and focuses solely on candidates’ stances on business and economic issues.   The Chamber does not contribute financially to any candidate, campaign, party or election in any way.

The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce invited all the following candidates/incumbents of the Dubuque County Supervisors Race, the Iowa State House of Representatives Races (Districts 27, 57, 58 and 99) and Iowa Senate Race (District 29) to participate in the Chamber’s annual candidate alignment process.

  • County Supervisor Daryl Klein
  • County Supervisor Jay Wickham
  • Curt Kiessling
  • Ann McDonough
  • Senator Tod Bowman
  • Representative Shannon Lundgren
  • Representative Andy McKean
  • Representative Charles Isenhart
  • Carrie Koelker
  • Lindsay James
  • Nancy Fett
  • Pauline Chilton
  • Lucas Link
  • Ralph “Hank” Linden
  • Joe Oclon

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