Why Businesses Should Engage in Policy and Vote!

May 19th, 2012

by Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Chair

As you read this, Oregonians throughout the state are casting their primary election ballots. They’re voting for city councilors, judges, county commissioners, local initiatives, state representatives and senators, congresspeople, and much, much more.

Everyone has different reasons for voting. As a former entrepreneur myself, I imagine your reasons for voting not only have to do with your personal convictions and values, but also with issues that impact your business – fair taxation, sensible regulations, sustainable planning, etc…

As an elected official, I rely on all members of the community to help me form and support policies that will have a positive impact on all residents of Multnomah County. The county’s business community is no different. And even though the size of a business often dictates what policy outcomes they would like to see, I aim to make sure that our small business community has an equal seat at the table with the larger businesses – creating an atmosphere of fairness and cooperation.

Before taking a seat and voicing their opinions at that table, business owners can use the power of the ballot box to ensure government is receptive to their needs. The sad truth is that too few people participate in one of the easiest civic rights – voting.

In fact, statistics show that more people vote in general elections than primaries, and I would argue that primaries are just as important as general elections. That’s why I’m calling on you, Oregon’s sustainable business community to take the time to inform yourself and mark your ballots with not only yourself in mind, but also your business and other fellow business owners in mind.

Please make sure the sustainable business voice is heard in this primary election. Ballots are due your county elections office by May 15th. You can find a list of drop box locations here: http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/#

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