Author: Sukki Jahnke

2020 Tempe Chamber Endorsed Candidates


Tempe, AZ, December 18, 2019: The Tempe Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsements for the upcoming Tempe City Council and Mayoral Elections. The Tempe Chamber is endorsing Corey Woods for Mayor, and incumbents Randy Keating and Joel Navarro as well as political newcomer Doreen Garlid for City Council.

“Tempe is fortunate to have two well-qualified candidates running for Mayor,” said Anne Gill, President & CEO of the Tempe Chamber. “The Chamber is supporting Corey Woods for Mayor because of his leadership abilities, commitment to greater government transparency, and support for small business. Strong local leadership has never been more important for maintaining the growth and vibrancy of our city.  Woods has a tremendous record as a consensus-builder and is uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges ahead. We look forward to working with him to preserve and promote the collaborative spirit that defines our city’s success.”

 “In the Council race, Keating has demonstrated an exceptional ability to work through challenging issues,” said Gill. “Navarro has clearly earned the community’s respect and deserves another term. Garlid shows great promise and has roots in the community that will benefit city government.”

Candidates are directly interviewed on a variety of topics directly related to the Chamber’s public policy agenda.  Candidates who seek endorsement were evaluated on a wide range of issues facing Tempe citizens and businesses, including but not limited to government transparency, homelessness, and traffic congestion.  The Good Government Committee determines which candidate holds the strongest positions that align on issues important to Tempe businesses and makes a recommendation to the board of directors for a final decision.  The Chamber Board evaluated the candidates’ responses against the Chamber’s legislative priorities, vision for the future and interests of the Tempe business community.  All of the candidates who participated in the endorsement process were considered and the board has based their decisions strictly on which candidates were most closely aligned with Chamber priorities.

The Tempe Chamber will host Emerging Issues Forum: Meet the Candidates on February 19, 2020 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at the Alamo Drafhouse Cinema Tempe.  This event will feature the four candidates who earned the Chamber’s endorsement.   Registration is open.

Tempe’s General Election will be March 10, 2020, and if needed, a Run-off Election will be held on May 19, 2020. More information about the election and candidates is available at the Tempe City Clerk’s Office at https://www.tempe.gov/government/city-clerk-s-office/election-information.

ABOUT THE TEMPE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: For more than a century, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has built an environment that enhances the economic vitality of its membership and the business community as a whole. Representing more than 650 businesses, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce strengthens the local economy through network development, advocacy, professional development, and influence. It regularly advocates for a favorable business climate through interactive public policy engagement and provides ongoing representation in government at local, state and federal levels. For more information on the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.tempechamber.org or call 480-967-7891.