Advocacy Blog Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Most Important Election of Our Lifetime

The 2020 General Election season is officially upon us.  This week, we saw the beginning of the Democrat National Convention and next week will be the Republican National Convention.  These conventions do not look at all what any of us expected they would be, especially here in Charlotte.  However, the biggest thing for you (in my humble opinion) related to the election, is the outcome and whether we have business friendly leaders in elected office. 

Every election cycle we hear from candidates running for office, “this is the most important election of our lifetime.”  I believe their sentiment is this: there is a lot at stake in this election, so make sure to participate.  The Charlotte Region has a lot of marquee political races: President, Senate (North & South Carolina Seats), US House, Governor, Council of State, State Legislative, and County Commissioner and Council.  I am sure you are already tired of seeing mail in your mailbox, ads on your phone, and commercials on your television. 

Our region has an election for some elected office every year, which means there is always something consequential for you to participate in.  This year is no different.  The Charlotte Region has benefited tremendously from pro-business leaders from both sides of the aisle.  These leaders have helped shape policy, which has made companies and executives attracted to this region.  We have already seen, even during a global pandemic, fruits of that collective labor in the form of job announcements all over our region.  The region will continue to be successful if we elect pro-business leaders to shape and craft policy to make our region more competitive. 

This is probably the part where you are hoping I would provide you with a list of candidates you should check out and possibly recommendations of who I think you should vote for.  However, you would be wrong.  The first thing I would recommend is that you check to be sure you are registered to vote, click below to check:

North Carolina State Board of Elections

South Carolina Elections Commission

The second thing I would recommend is that you determine and identify how you plan to vote in the election: you can vote by mail, early voting, or on election day.  This should help you determine the most convenient way for you to vote.  Click below for more resources:

North Carolina State Board of Elections

South Carolina Elections Commission

Third, I would recommend that you find your sample ballot (they can be found clicking the above link too) and begin doing your research now.  I know for those of you that are focused on running your business, this is an exhausting process.  So, take small bites out of the apple and focus on one race a day.  This will make things much easier for you when you decide to cast your ballot. 

In the end, the Charlotte Region is the premier place to live, work, and play; we all know that.  It is imperative we protect it, which means casting your ballot in 2020 for pro-business leaders.  Remember, this is the most important election of our lifetime. 

Posted by: Joe Bost, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs @ 12:00:00 am


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