Legislative Involvement

About the Washington Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee

The Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Committee helps to plan and implement Legislative Briefings and Candidate Forums. We encourage legislative action that promotes business growth, local economy and strong communities. We are a non-partisan organization and do not endorse any candidate nor are we a part of the US Chamber of Commerce.

  • Gain a voice in government. The chamber is a non-partisan organization but can take on appropriate tough issues and opposes new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids businesses in being treated fairly.
  • Candidates Forum – in the fall for contested local races
  • Legislative Briefings – four sessions offered from January – April, third Saturday of the month from 10am – noon
  • Legislative Agenda – the Chamber will consider advocacy support for projects that support our business community
  • Letters of Support from the Chamber of Commerce can have a huge impact when your business is facing critical issues or applying for grants and outside funding

Legislative Briefings

The Washington Chamber of Commerce will not be hosting a traditional Candidate Forum for this year’s election, instead we will be partnering with our local media to gather questions for the running candidates.
The candidate forum interview will air on Thursday, October 21st at 7 p.m. on AM1380, 106.1 and 102.5 FM, and can be streamed through our free mobile app or at kciiradio.com. It will also be posted on our website afterwards.
Only incumbents for the City of Washington will be on the ballot this November while there are a couple of contested races for the Washington Community School Board.
The City of Washington’s second, fourth, and at-large council seats and the mayoral seat incumbents Steven Gault, Fran Stigers, Elaine Moore, and Jaron Rosien all filed for reelection.
Submit your questions for school board candidates anonymously. These questions will be submitted for candidate interviews held by local press. The questions may or may not be used, it will be the decision of the interviewees.  Click here to submit questions for forum.
Jim Almelien is running unopposed for District 2.
Kendra DeWolf & Mindi Rees are running for the Distrct 5 seat currently held by Heidi Vittetoe.
Jonathan Bartholomew & Michael Liska are running for the at-large seat currently held by Jason Hamilton.
The city and school election takes place November 2nd, and the first day to vote by absentee is October 13th.


Washington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide Washington County residents the opportunity to share their views with state lawmakers that represent Washington County during a series of four public forums during the Iowa legislative sessions.

Monthly legislative forums are held virtually via Zoom from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm on the third Saturdays of January, February, March and April. Legislators will provide a brief update followed by open Q&A moderated by Chamber Executive Officer, Michelle Redlinger.  The Chamber is currently seeking sponsors for this event, contact the Chamber for more information.  

CLICK HERE to join Zoom Meeting

Passcode: Chamber

Watch Recordings of Past Events

January 2021 Legislative Briefing
February 2021 Legislative Briefing
City Council Candidate Forum for Ward #3, March 2, 2021 Special Election
March 2021 Legislative Briefing
April 2021 Legislative Briefing