Our Chamber serves as a change leader, and supports economic prosperity and unity among partner organizations and various government agencies throughout our parish and region. Grassroots work is done by polling members to determine which issues our Chamber should address and then providing a voice of business to city, parish, state and federal elected officials. Surveys are developed as needed and results announced to raise awareness and increase voter turnout in all elections. Through events such as our Legislative Session Wrap Up, and election forums for city, parish, legislative and Gubernatorial races, we identify and communicate to business owners the impact of public policies and laws upon business operations and serve as the collective voice of business in the public policy arena.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee working to endorse and elect political candidates who support business, the free enterprise system, freedom from unnecessary government regulation, and quality of life in our region.
As a five-star accredited chamber, we have proven our effectiveness as a business support organization. The formation of a PAC was strongly recommended to maintain this highest accreditation ranking.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC will enable us to grow our grass roots effort to increase voter turnout, encourage strong business minded candidates to run for office, and importantly, enable us to add muscle by endorsing not only issues, amendments, tax renewals, etc., but finally, the option to endorse business minded political candidates.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC endorses in July 11 races
The St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC announces the following endorsements for the July 11, 2020 Municipal Primary Election:
- Judge for Court of Appeal, 1st Circuit, 3rd Dist., Division D: Rick Swartz
- City of Mandeville Mayor: Clay Madden
- City of Mandeville Council at Large: Rick Danielson and Jason Zuckerman
- Town of Madisonville Mayor: Jean Pelloat
- City of Covington Council at Large: Dual endorsements for Rick Smith and Grant Waters
Election day is July 11 and early voting is June 20-July 4.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC Endorses Rispone for Governor and Kyle Ardoin for Secretary of State
The Board of Directors of the St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC has endorsed Eddie Rispone for Governor and Kyle Ardoin for Secretary of State. Louisiana was the only state in the union to lose jobs over the past year and Mr. Rispone’s pro-business stance would reverse this trend and move Louisiana forward. The Board believes that Mr. Rispone and Mr. Ardoin are the right choices for Louisiana to create jobs and grow our state’s economy.
Additionally, the CHAMBERPAC wishes to reinforce its previously endorsed candidates in local and state elections that have qualified for runoffs on the November 16th ballot that include:
- Tammany Parish President: Mike Cooper
- Tammany Parish Sheriff: Tim Lentz
- Louisiana State Senate District 11: Dual endorsements for Reid Falconer & Patrick McMath
- Louisiana State Representative District 89: Dual endorsements for Vince Liuzza & Richard Nelson
- Louisiana Supreme Court 1st District: Will Crain
Election day is November 16, 2019
Early voting is from Saturday November 2 through Saturday, November 9.
IMPORTANT 2019 FALL ELECTION DATES
Last Day to Register to Vote:
- Saturday October 12, 2019 – Primary Election
- Wednesday September 11, 2019 if registering by mail or in person
- Saturday September 21, 2019, if registering online through Geaux Vote Online
- Saturday November 16, 2019 – General Election
- Wednesday October 16, 2019 if registering by mail or in person
- Saturday October 26, 2019, if registering online through Geaux Vote Online
Identification with Parish Address Required to register.
Early Voting Dates
- October 12, 2019 – Primary Election – Saturday, September 28th thru Saturday, October 5th (closed on Sunday), Monday-Saturday: 8:30 A.M.- 6:00 P.M.
- November 16, 2019 – General Election Early– Saturday, November 2nd thru Saturday, November 9th (closed on Sunday), Monday-Saturday: 8:30 A.M.- 6:00 P.M.
Early Voting Locations and Hours
- Covington: 601 N. Jefferson Avenue – Justice Center Parking Garage across from Justice Center
- Slidell: 520 Old Spanish Trail – 1st floor the Towers Building in the conference training area
- Mandeville: 21490 Koop Drive – Parish Government Admin Complex – Council Chambers
St. Tammany Parish Registrar of Voters Office:
- Covington: 601 N Jefferson Ave, Covington LA 70433, 985-809-5500, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
- Slidell: 520 Old Spanish Trail, Ste 2F Slidell LA 70458, 985-646-4125, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
- Mailing Address: 701 N Columbia St, Covington, LA 70433
February 26, 2019
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC announces endorsement in City of Covington Races
The St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC, a political action committee of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsements for the March 30, 2019, Covington elections. The CHAMBERPAC Board of Directors voted to endorse the following candidates: Mark Johnson for Mayor, Patrick McMath and Larry Rolling for At Large, Keitisha Young for District A and Mark Verret for District E.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is focused on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers, and their commitment to transparency in government.
The CHAMBERPAC recently interviewed all candidates in the Covington Mayoral and City Council races. Only one candidate, Jerry Lee Coner, declined to participate. The City of Covington is fortunate to have a field of candidates in each race that is willing and eager to serve. All candidates interviewed expressed a commitment to foster and cultivate an environment that is supportive of economic progress and the business community in Covington, while also retaining Covington’s unique cultural heritage. St. Tammany Parish’s rapid growth has created many challenges, the most pressing being drainage and transportation infrastructure. Many candidates stressed the importance of working together to address the challenges that Covington faces on a City, Parish and Statewide level.
The next administration should address issues that are important to its citizens and the business community including: Attracting and retaining businesses that complement the city; Sustainable land use, development and addressing blight; Streamlining the city’s permitting process, reasonable and uniform code enforcement, and updating local ordinances where appropriate; Quality of life issues, particularly for the economically disadvantaged; Creating and promoting long term vision for the city through proper planning including the West 30s community as a direct priority.
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee working to recruit and elect political candidates who support business, the free enterprise system, freedom from unnecessary government regulation, and quality of life in our region. The CHAMBERPAC presently has nearly 200 members.
Their intention is to endorse candidates that are concerned about issues important to businesses, to enable them to be successful, and contribute to our quality of life.
The primary election for Covington’s municipal races will be held March 30th and early voting is March 16th through March 23rd.
Prior to each interview, candidates were sent a written questionnaire asking basic questions about their campaign. You can click the names below to see their answers.
- Mark Johnson
- Rick Smith
- Candace Watkins
Council at Large:
- Patrick McMath
- Larry Rolling
- Peter Lewis
- Keitisha Young
- Meghan Garcia
- Mark Verret
- Keith Villere
October 16, 2018
St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC announces endorsement in Abita Springs mayoral race
On Monday, October 15, the St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC, a political action committee of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, conducted interviews of candidates seeking the office of mayor in the Town of Abita Springs. Immediately thereafter, the CHAMBERPAC Board decided to endorse newcomer George Long in the race for the mayor of Abita Springs.
“St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is focused on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers, and their commitment to transparency in government,” stated CHAMBERPAC Chairman, Townsend Underhill. These factors contributed to the CHAMBERPAC’s endorsement of Mr. Long well ahead of the early voting which begins October 23.
There are four other candidates in the Abita mayor’s race, including incumbent Greg Lemons, Alderman Dan Curtis, Jessica Lotspeich and John Preble. Each candidate was sent a questionnaire with a request for their resume, enabling the PAC board members to learn about them prior to interviews held this morning. Preble declined to participate. While Lemons did submit both documents and scheduled the interview, he cancelled at the last minute. “The participating candidates did very well during their individual interviews. Each has entered the Mayor’s race and offered themselves to public service for all the right reasons,” added Underhill.
The CHAMBERPAC board also interviewed the candidates for the mayor of Folsom, Wendell Sams and Lance Willie. Both candidates appear qualified and able to lead the village; the PAC board declined to endorse in that race.
“Because St. Tammany continues to grow including in the smaller towns of Madisonville and Abita Springs and the Village of Folsom, our board agreed to interview and potentially endorse in these mayoral races,” Underhill explained. “CHAMBERPAC is grateful for each candidate’s commitment to public service and their willingness to put themselves out here for public scrutiny. Thank you to each candidate that participated in this process with us.”
August 23, 2018
ChamberPAC to host Wine Dinner Fundraiser
The St. Tammany ChamberPAC is hosting a Wine Dinner on Thursday, September 27, 6pm at The Greystone in Mandeville to support their efforts to promote candidates who commit to work with the business community, listen to concerns expressed by employers, and commit to transparency in government.
There you will hear colorful commentary from former Speaker of the House Bubba Henry and Judge Max Tobias as they discuss the 1973 Louisiana Constitutional Convention. Learn from those involved how leaders came together to re-write Louisiana’s Constitution 45 years ago and lessons learned that can be used as the push to establish another convention continues.
Enjoy 4 courses of fine dining with curated wine pairings. The menu is:
- 1st Course: Wedge Salad paired with J Lohr Arroyo “Arroyo Secco” – Chardonnay
- 2nd Course: Redfish Menurere paired with Ponzi “Tavola” Pinot Noir
- 3rd Course: 6 oz Filet with mushroom demi-glace paired with Chappellet Mountain Cuvee Red Blend
- 4th Course: Chocolate Cake paired with Warre’s LBV Port
Cost is $125 for ChamberPAC members and $150 for non-members. You can purchase tickets online or call 985-892-3216.
September 6, 2017
ChamberPAC issues co-endorsement for Ward and Wright
The St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC, a political action committee of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsements for the October 14, 2017, District 77 House of Representatives seat.
“St. Tammany CHAMBERPAC is focused on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers in their district, and their commitment to transparency in government,” stated CHAMBERPAC Chairman, Bret Kolman. These factors contributed to the CHAMBERPAC’s co-endorsement of both Lisa Condrey Ward and Mark Wright.
“We encourage the broader business community to support these candidates in the upcoming October 14 elections,” Kolman said.
‘There are four candidates in the race, including Rob Maness and Casey Revere. Each of the four candidates did very well during both the Chamber forum and their individual interviews with the PAC board, each has entered this race and offered themselves to public service in our legislature for all the right reasons,” added Kolman.
The ChamberPAC interviews were held immediately following a St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce luncheon forum featuring all 4 candidates before an audience of over 120 voters at the Clarion Hotel.
Election Day is Saturday, October 14 and early voting is September 30-October 7. If elected, Ward or Wright will fill the remaining term of long-time public servant John Schroder.
March 9, 2017
CHAMBERPAC endorses McMath for Covington Council
CHAMBERPAC is pleased to announce its endorsement of Patrick McMath for the City of Covington Council-at-Large election. This endorsement was reached after a candidate questionnaire and personal interview with the CHAMBERPAC Board of Directors. All candidates were invited to participate in the process.
According to CHAMBERPAC chairman Bret Kolman, “we focus on candidates’ commitments to work with the business community, their willingness to listen to concerns expressed by employers in their city, and their commitment to transparency in government. We feel that Patrick is committed to improving his city and is dedicated to its responsible growth.”
McMath believes that Covington is on the right path, “but our infrastructure, drainage and traffic issues must be resolved as swiftly as possible, and without raising taxes; our economy must continue to grow but in keeping with the small-town charm of our city; as the newest and youngest member of the City Council, I will bring fresh eyes and a different perspective to Covington.”
Election Day is Saturday, March 25 and early voting is March 11-18. If elected, McMath will fill the remaining term of long-time public servant Lee Alexius.
Our Chamber serves as the collective voice for business on issues affecting the St. Tammany community. With 1,000 member businesses, representing nearly 30,000 employees, our energies are focused on working with the business community in the area of smart growth planning, transportation infrastructure, insurance issues, property taxes, workforce development and housing. We continue to facilitate and open avenues of discussion among elected, civic and business leaders to make optimum use of the inherent strengths and opportunities within reach. We are building on a foundation established over the past decade to achieve goals necessary for growth and success as a parish and key contributor to the economic vitality of the super region inclusive of Greater New Orleans, Greater Baton Rouge, and the Northshore cities and communities.
Check back soon for more specific information on key issues being discussed by our Governmental Affairs Committee and our Board of Directors.