Chamber Political Policy

Political Policy

Under the bylaws of the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber), the Chamber shall stay non-political and non-partisan.  In accordance with the Bylaws and in hopes of maintaining an inclusive, welcoming environment that supports our diverse membership, the Chamber has passed the following Political Policy:

  1. The Chamber shall at all times remain neutral and refrain from supporting, endorsing, or opposing any candidate for public office.
  2. The Chamber welcomes any candidates or their supporters or opponents, to join as members of the Chamber, under the same obligations and at the normal fee structure as other individuals or organizations of the same size.
  3. The Chamber may participate as a neutral third party in events such as “Meet the Candidates Nights”, hosting candidate debates, Jefferson City Visits and the like, but must at all times remain neutral and not support, favor, recommend, or oppose one candidate over another.
  4. The Chamber may in a neutral manner inform its membership of all candidates running for office within its membership area, but neither candidates or their supporters shall be granted time during the meeting or event to speak about their candidacy during official Chamber meetings or events.
  5. Candidates for public office may not sponsor official Chamber meetings or events in their role as candidate or as a public official who is currently running for office. Chamber members who have a business, non-profit, association, group, organization, or the like, but who are also candidates, may still sponsor Chamber meetings or events in their business, non-profit, association, group, organization, etc. capacity.
  6. Candidates for public office may not pass out literature, promotional materials, and the like in support of their role as candidate or as a public official who is currently running for office, at any official Chamber meeting or event or in any official distribution distributed by the Chamber.  Chamber members who have a business, non-profit, association, group, organization, or the like, but who are also candidates, may still pass out literature, promotional materials, and the like in their business, non-profit, association, group, organization, etc. capacity.
  7. Nothing in this Policy shall be construed as the Chamber limiting the ability of individual Chamber members to network and/or discuss their own candidacies or support or opposition of candidates or ballot initiatives during official Chamber meetings or events.  Chamber members may network or discuss their own candidacies or support or opposition of ballot issues. They will not be granted time to speak to the overall membership during an official meeting or event about said candidacy.
  8. Nothing in this Policy shall be construed as the Chamber limiting the ability of individual Chamber members to wear promotional clothing or materials (t-shirts, buttons, hats, etc.) supporting or opposing a candidacy or ballot initiative during any official Chamber meeting or event.  Chamber members may do so, as long as the promotion clothing or material is not vulgar or inappropriate for public viewing.
  9. All members, including candidates and supporters or opponents of ballot initiatives shall at all times follow the Chamber’s Code of Conduct & Ethics.

 

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