'Lou's record of pro-business policies made him the top choice' -Laura Edmonds, chair of the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Council

Oregon State Chamber of Commerce board members announced this week their endorsement of Lou Ogden for Bureau of Labor & Industries commissioner.

Lou OgdenAt their meeting April 13, OSCC board members unanimously voted to endorse Ogden for the position of labor commissioner. The statewide election will be held May 15.

The primary criteria for endorsement was that the candidate champions policies that support local businesses and economic development.

"Lou's record of pro-business policies made him the top choice for OSCC," said Laura Edmonds, chair of OSCC's Government Affairs Council and CEO of the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce. "In his current role as mayor of Tualatin, he has proven that he is supportive of business and jobs. It's clear that he is aware of the disconnect that currently exists in BOLI between the agency and local businesses and we appreciate his desire to rebuild trust with the business community."

OSCC noted that Ogden's opponent, Val Hoyle, would very likely be an improvement for local businesses as well. But Hoyle's 38 percent OSCC voting record in the Oregon Legislature was not sufficient to earn the endorsement.

Candidates were vetted by OSCC's Government Affairs Council through a candidate-questionnaire process. Both Ogden and Hoyle participated. A third candidate, Jack Howard, was contacted regarding endorsement but no response was received.

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