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Chamber Candidate Forum Announced for Special Election for Congressional District 8 Arizona

Tuesday, January 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Surprise Chamber hosts District 8 Congressional Candidate Forum in Sun City West

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a Special Election Forum for District 8 Congressional Candidates on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Palm Ridge Recreation Center.

Franks’ resignation created a rare and instantaneous scramble for this important seat. The field is expected to be crowded for this race, with a special primary election scheduled Feb. 27, and a general election slated April 24.

The forum is intended for Chamber members, however  all forums are always free and open to the public. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Summit Hall A at Palm Ridge, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive, Sun City West. Glen Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, will serve as moderator, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance.

The candidates will be presented in alphabetical order and allowed a one-minute self-introduction. The forum will continue with questions prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and the Surprise Regional of Commerce. The candidates are Debbie Lesko, Phil Lovas, Richard Mack, Steve Montenegro, Bob Stump, and Clair Van Steenwyk. 


Mr. Sada, President and CEO of the Surprise Regional Chamber stated "we are committed to selecting candidates for forums, that in its best judgment, are the best qualified candidates and have a high probability of being elected. The process of selecting candidates for forums includes multiple steps and various practices, including the use of objective and subjective criteria. The final choice of candidates is made by Chamber’s Public Policy Committee in consultation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce public policy professionals. The Public Policy Committee evaluates all candidates against each other after they have been rated against the above criteria to find the best candidates for the forum". 

Raoul Sada, President and CEO of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the forum would follow the chamber’s typical format. It will not be a debate, and there will be no interaction among candidates or with the audience. Only the moderator will be allowed to interact with candidates. As with all chamber forums, there will be no “winner” declared.


“We sponsor candidate forums because we believe engaging citizens, local businesses and other key community stakeholders in the health, education, and economic outcomes are critical to building healthy communities,” said Mr. Sada.


For additional information, contact Mary Orta, the chamber’s vice president of marketing, at