Today, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsement of pro-business candidates representing Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Districts 1 and 2 as well as Arizona State Legislative Districts 12 and 17, in both Senate and House races. The organization’s endorsements are as follows:

Arizona Legislative District 17

Senate (1 seat): JD Mesnard (R) Incumbent
House (2 seats): Jeff Weninger (R) Incumbent and Jennifer Pawlik (D) Incumbent

Arizona Legislative District 12

Senate (1 seat): Warren Petersen (R)
House (2 seats): Travis Grantham (R) Incumbent and Jake Hoffman (R)

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

District 1 (1 seat): Jack Sellers (R) Incumbent
District 2 (1 seat): Steve Chucri (R) Incumbent

“In the months and years ahead, we must lean on strong, pro-business leaders who understand the impact their votes will have on the ability for our local businesses to recover,” said Sarah Watts, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “These candidates have demonstrated their willingness to listen and to work with the business community and the incumbents often have been supportive of the policy priorities set forth by the Gilbert Chamber or the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance.”

All candidates were invited respond to a written questionnaire and to participate in a personal interview with a panel of business owners who volunteer to serve on the Chamber’s Public Policy committee. These volunteers ranked each candidate on criteria including: Past and current community leadership and engagement; Experience with management of complex budgets; Understanding and support of a pro-business environment including experience with dealing with regulation overreach; Ability to represent the community in a professional manner; and the willingness to work with the Gilbert Chamber on policies and issues having significant impact on Gilbert’s business environment. If an incumbent, the candidate’s voting record with the Gilbert Chamber and the EVCCA also were considered.

“Given the recent limitations to in-person meetings, our volunteers dedicated extra time and energy to conduct the endorsement process via a virtual platform this cycle,” said Watts. “It is important that, as a business community, we have a good understanding of each candidate and where their priorities stand. I appreciate these volunteers and their dedication to following through on the process.”

The Chamber's endorsement of Brigette Peterson for Gilbert Mayor along with Scott Anderson and Kathy Tilque for Gilbert Town Council were announced earlier this year.

To learn more about all the candidates and to view their responses to the Chamber’s written questionnaire, visit the Chamber’s website at

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1978, is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 820 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Foundation was established in 2016 and is dedicated to advancing the quality of life in Gilbert through education, leadership, and community enhancement. To learn more about the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit