Redding Chamber of Commerce announces endorsement in supervisor race


The Redding Chamber of Commerce announced their endorsement for the Shasta County Board of Supervisors race in the June 5 California primary, on Thursday.

The endorsement was decided after the board of directors and the chamber's PAC spoke to each candidate one-on-one for an hour. Following the interviews the candidates participated in a public forum.

President and CEO of the Redding Chamber of Commerce, Jake Mangas, spoke to an audience in downtown Redding Thursday morning where he announced the chamber's endorsement of Joe Chimenti in the race for Supervisor District 1.

Chimenti is the Executive Director of the Shasta Builders Exchange.

Chamber president Jake Mangas explained their decision.

"Well after going through the process with the political action committee and the board of the chamber, Joe Chimenti is the total package in terms of what the business community is needing from a candidate today, in this community, from business to building to public safety, Joe got that personal professional life experience," said Mangas.

"I'm very humble, but I'm very empowered. I think this is a great opportunity to transformation in our community and as I mentioned behind me with the demise of the Dickers building and the emergence of what's going to be a vital downtown and a vibrant downtown, I think this is a transition in leadership," said Joe Chimenti.

Along with Chimenti, there are two other candidates running for the current Board of Supervisor for District One. Current District One supervisor David Kehoe and former Redding Mayor Missy McArthur.

This is the first time the Redding Chamber of Commerce has endorsed someone before the primary.

The Redding chamber is an association of 850 business, representing more than 11,000 employees in Shasta County.

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