GH Chamber plans to endorse candidates

DeWayne Bartels
Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce Board members Denise Hough, secretary; Dr. Tim Kaufman, president and Veronica Alexson, vice-president, said last week the chamber will offer up candidate endorsements in the upcoming municipal election.

The Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce is going to get deeply involved in next month’s municipal election by endorsing candidates according to Chamber President Dr. Tim Kaufman.

Kaufman told the Woodford Times this during the chamber-sponsored candidate meet and greet March 8.

“Everyone in the business community here would agree the former administration was not business-friendly,” Kaufman said.

“I’ve experienced that unfriendly attitude in delays and antagonism from the village. I love Germantown Hills. I’ve brought my family here and invested in property.”

He said the chamber board needs to send a strong message to the candidates and the community that business owners have opinions and that they matter.

“I’m pro-business. I want the village board to be pro-business. The election a couple of years ago was a positive thing,” Kaufman said.

He said the election of Mayor Kenny Mitchell, trustee Clark Hopkins and the appointment of trustee Ken Slater has brought a pro-business approach to the village board.

However, Kaufman said that does not mean the village board is under the business community’s control.

“The board is listening. We feel we are getting a fair shake,” Kaufman said.

“The mayor and I don’t always agree. That’s OK. We work through disagreements. We just want the opportunity for everyone to win.”

Chamber vice-president Veronica Alexson said she was convinced the village’s attitude had changed toward business when the planning commission reached out to the chamber for their input on some recent issues.

“That was really new to us. We really like the direction that this is going,” Alexson said. “We’ve seen more progress in the past two years than the previous 20.”