General Election Endorsement News

We're pleased to announce today that we endorse Dave Bryant for Port Commissioner, Position 5.

A Boeing employee and former Captain in the Navy, Bryant has 27 years of experience in the Navy and has worked as a logistics coordinator for U.S .and Allied ships operating in the Arabian Gulf. He has planned and operated with port services of all types, and has an in-depth knowledge of emerging systems and tools to improve business operations. He pledges to work to keep our port competitive, while providing more family-wage jobs, environmental protections, and safe and expeditious cargo offload and onload.

With the General Election less than five weeks away, we hope you'll join us and vote for business! Please view all of our endorsed candidates for Tacoma City Council and Port of Tacoma Commissioner.→

New faces at the Business Alliance

Tara Doyle-Enneking has accepted a position as CEO of the Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce, and has stepped down from her role as executive director. We thank Tara for her extraordinary leadership - raising over $350,000 during her tenure – and for protecting businesses by increasing the PAC’s influence in our community.

With this change, the board is thrilled to bring on two superstars to take our efforts to the next level. Meredith Neal has taken the role of PAC Administrator, and Amy Huebschman has joined us in a fundraising role.

About Meredith

Meredith is the Director of the Manufacturing Industrial Council (MIC) for the South Sound, which is the voice for the manufacturing, industrial and maritime community in the South Sound. The MIC is dedicated to safeguarding and improving people’s lives, creating a sustainable environment, and providing the jobs that anchor Washington’s economy.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Community Development from The Evergreen State College, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Antioch University. Previously she worked as a project manager for a general contractor who specialized in residential remodeling, and as an environmental planner for an engineering firm that focused on transportation and transit projects.

Meredith’s board service includes the Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority Board, VP of YWCA Pierce County Board, Forterra Regional Leadership Council, and Washington-Hoyt Elementary PTA Board (most recently as PTA president.) Meredith previously served on the City of Tacoma Planning Commission, and ran for Tacoma City Council in 2017.

About Amy

Amy Huebschman started working in politics in 2011 in DC with a job on the Hill in Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers office. She quickly learned her preference was for the political side, more than constituent services. After her time on the Hill, she started working for a fundraising firm called Bogart Associates. While there she helped in the efforts behind helping Steve Stivers (OH-15) becoming NRCC Chairman and Chairman of Foreign Affairs Ed Royce. While there, she signed her first client, then candidate, now Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04).

She started her firm, Red Strategies, in November of 2016, with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Congressman John Curtis (UT-03) and Candidate Dino Rossi (WA-08) as her clients. She has raised over a million dollars since starting in November 2016. The Pacific Northwest and promoting pragmatic Republicans were the driving passions behind this endeavor. The yearning to be back in the Northwest did not lessen over her seven years in DC. She could not be happier to be back home and working with Enterprise Washington, House Republican Organizational Committee, Duane Davidson for State Treasurer and now the Tacoma Pierce County Business Alliance PAC.

We are thrilled to have both Meredith and Amy on our team, and we look forward to all that they will accomplish on behalf of the business community.

Endorsement News

We're pleased to announce today that we endorse a slate of business-friendly candidates for two open seats on the Port Commission and four on the City Council. Spoiler alert: We offer dual endorsements in not just one but two of the Council races.

A full list of our endorsed candidates, with links to campaign websites and social media, can be found via the link below. With the August 6 primary less than six weeks away, we hope you'll join us and vote for business!→

2019 Elections: Endorsement process underway

With the August 6 primary just ten weeks away, we at the Business Alliance are gearing up for a busy election season. We have our eyes set firmly on the two Port Commissioner races and the four Tacoma City Council races. The primary will be critical in three of those races, and we are moving quickly with the endorsement process. We will make endorsement announcements in mid-June.

Port of Tacoma Commissioner Pos. 3

  • Frank Boykin

  • Justin Camarata

  • Deanna Keller

Port of Tacoma Commissioner Pos. 5

  • Kristin Ang

  • Dave Bryant

  • Shelly Schlumpf

Tacoma City Council at Large Pos. 7

  • Brett Johnson

  • Courtney Love

  • Conor McCarthy

Tacoma City Council at Large Pos. 8

  • John O’Loughlin

  • Kristina Walker

Tacoma City Council Dist. 1

  • Nathe Lawver

  • John Hines

Tacoma City Council Dist. 3

  • Keith Blocker

  • David Combs

Full list of candidates from Pierce County Auditor → 

We endorsed them, now they've taken office: Meet Pierce County Council's newest members

From The News Tribune:

They’re the two newest members of the Pierce County Council, sworn in less than a week ago after cruising to easy victories last November. They come from opposing political parties, and they represent different areas of the county, but Councilmen Dave Morell and Marty Campbell say they’re ready to work with fellow members and each other.

Read more from The News Tribune → 

VIP Holiday Reception

Thank you, public officials, newly elected leaders, and our dedicated and supportive business community for attending our VIP Holiday Reception on December 10! It was a pleasure to see you all, particularly our VIP donors, in the Murray Room at Tacoma Art Museum.

Congratulations, Campbell and Morell: PAC-endorsed candidates win seats on Pierce County Council

We congratulate Dave Morell and Marty Campbell, both of whom have won seats on the Pierce County Council. Morell won the race for District No. 1 with 60% of the vote. Campbell also received 60% of the vote, in the District No. 5 race.

Both earned our endorsement due in part to their focus on job creation but also based on their respective relevant experience. Well done!

PAC and Chamber leaders join forces at PSCAA hearing in support of LNG project (video)

Our Executive Director Tara Doyle-Enneking and Board President Joanna Monroe joined Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce President Tom Pierson at the PSCAA hearing on October 30th in support of the LNG project. Following are excerpts from Doyle-Enneking’s remarks:

“The recently released Draft SEIS confirmed my expectations that the use of LNG for the maritime sector would result in better air quality for those of us who live and work here.

“It isn’t right for a small minority of people to ‘outshout’ a reasonable majority who are also concerned about clean air, safe water, and preserving habitat. Recognize that in the spirit of making progress, we cannot sacrifice the good for the sake of perfect. If all of our cars ran on garbage and ships could operate on solar batteries starting tomorrow, that would be wonderful. But it isn’t reality.

“For this project, delay equals reduced air quality. Those who oppose moving forward with the LNG plant offer no realistic alternative in its place.

“As a community, we either support the engineers, scientists and biologists who evaluate projects and move forward based on their findings, or we allow ourselves to spiral based on conspiracy theories and non-science based on gossip. I support professionals who have applied their expertise to this project and who have found environmental benefits in the form of better air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. For the love of this place, where I live and work, I want you to get started. I hope you see past the red tape and move this project and our healthier environment forward.”

C3 Group for Candidate Consideration + Collaboration: Inaugural meeting brings lively discussion

On October 24, hosted an open discussion with local business leaders and civic-minded individuals with the aim of identifying passionate citizens with aspirations for public office. We’re calling this informal group the C3 Group for Candidate Consideration + Collaboration and we plan to host another gathering on 12/3.

We are looking for business-minded individuals who share our vision of balance with regard to economy, environment, social services and community. Our focus is on growing Tacoma and Pierce County the right way, without following in the footsteps of our neighbors to the north.

We will explore pathways to serve, and provide appropriate networking and resource tools for those considering a run for office.

We value your input and would love to see you at our next gathering on Monday 12/3 from 6pm-8pm in the Atrium Room at Engine House No. 9. Learn More

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber: Vote no on I-1631, vote yes on I-1634

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce opposes I-1631 and supports I-1634.

NO ON I-1631: Washington families and small businesses would pay more for gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and goods & services, with little to no positive environmental impact, while the state's top polluters would remain exempt from the tax.

YES ON I-1634: Stop new regressive taxes on the backs of those who can least afford it - our small businesses and working families.

Campbell and Morell endorsed by The News Tribune Editorial Board

In an editorial published October 6th, The News Tribune Editorial Board endorsed Marty Campbell (District 5) and Dave Morell (District 1) for the Pierce County Council.

Marty Campbell’s “mashup of private-public-nonprofit acumen gives him credibility on a range of issues, from affordable housing to business-and-occupation taxes,” says the Ed Board, describing the candidate as having “the heart of a liberal activist and mind of a small businessman.”

Dave Morell “would be a fine replacement” for Dan Roach, the Ed Board declared.

“A commercial subcontractor by trade, Morell has a long record of civic involvement, including a term in the Washington state House in the early 2000s. Four decades in the community, highlighted by several years on the Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Commission, give him a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling district.”

Read More from The News Tribune→ 

We endorse Campbell and Morell in the November general election

We endorse the following candidates for the November general election:

Dave Morell, Pierce County Council, District No. 1 Morell has founded and operated multiple businesses over 35 years. He’s a former State Representative for the 25th Legislative District and he has held a variety of positions on committees and boards. Economic growth and local job creation rank among his top priorities.

Marty Campbell, Pierce County Council, District No. 5 Campbell is an experienced City Council Member and former business owner with a long resume of committee, board and commission positions. He places a high priority on creating and keeping local jobs here at home, from entry level to highly skilled trades and professional occupations.