More than 60 Rainbow Chamber members and supporters and 15 candidates for public office mixed and mingled Saturday, January 25, at the RainbowPAC Kickoff Brunch. The event was held at the Dante Club, which generously sponsored mimosas, sparkling wine and a delicious brunch buffet.
Candidates, who made brief introductions, included Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, candidate for Senate; Maggy Krell, candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney; Cyril Shah, candidate for Sacramento City Council; Patrick Kennedy, candidate for Sacramento County Supervisor; Diana Rodriguez, candidate for State Assembly; Rosalyn Van Buren, candidate for SacramentoCity Council; Bill Slaton, candidate for SMUD Board; Anne Marie Schubert, candidate for Sacramento County District Attorney; Steve Cohn, candidate for State Assembly; Elizabeth Emken, candidate for Congress; Abe Snobar, candidate for Sacramento City Council; Sacramento City Councilmember Darrell Fong, candidate for State Assembly; and Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, candidate for re-election.
Steve Cohn and Jeffery K. Dorso of Pioneer Law Group gave an update on the status of the proposed Entertainment and Sports Center project. Project developers have worked with area business organizations, including the Black, Hispanic and Asian chambers of commerce, to provide opportunities for small and local businesses.
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce launched RainbowPAC in 2012 as a non-partisan political action committee supporting business-positive candidates who are supportive of diversity and LGBT equality. RainbowPAC will also host informational voter forums and endorse public policy and ballot initiatives that have a positive impact on the Greater Sacramento LGBT community and the business environment of the region. Chamber Board Member Paul Weubbe serves as PAC Committee Chair, and committee members include Carlos Marquez, Joe Klegseth, Scott Patterson, Griselda Barajas, Alan Lofaso, Dennis Mangers, and Dr. Darrick Lawson.
“We believe RainbowPAC provides an important voice for our community,” Weubbe says. “For anyone who embraces the twin goals of equality and a strong business environment, participating in RainbowPAC is a great way to make sure your voice is heard.”
Upcoming PAC events include a mixer on Tuesday, February 25, 6-8 p.m. at Griselda’s Catering. RainbowPAC endorsements for the 2014 primary election will take place on Wednesday, March 26, 6-9 p.m. at UC Davis Extension, Sutter Galleria. Candidate endorsements will be made by a vote of Rainbow Chamber members in good standing.
For more information about the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and RainbowPAC, visit rainbowchamber.com.
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