Contact: Alicia Martin
Springfield – Contractors for Free Enterprise, the political action affiliate of The Associated Builders & Contractors Illinois Chapter, an organization of 400 companies involved in the commercial and industrial construction markets in Illinois , has announced its endorsement of Bruce Rauner for Governor .
“ABC is excited to endorse Bruce Rauner for Governor,” said ABC Illinois President Alicia Martin. “Bruce Rauner has demonstrated an understanding of how state government impacts the economic well-being of ABC members and the economic competiveness of our state,” Martin explained. “The election of Bruce Rauner is important to making sure that Illinois turns the corner to attracting and creating Illinois jobs.”
“Our organization engaged in a six month review and consideration process of the four announced Republican candidates for Governor,” said Michael Uremovich of Manhattan Mechanical Services and ABC Illinois Chairman. “Bruce Rauner is a supporter of free enterprise and has the energy and resources to win both in March as well as in November of 2014.”
“While it is rare for ABC Illinois to make a statewide primary endorsement, the precedence was made during the Republican Presidential Primary nearly two years ago when ABC National endorsed Mitt Romney,” Uremovich added. “We wanted to get into the game early to make a difference in electing someone who will bring economic vitality back to our great state.”
Steve Orlando from Candos Insurance Agency, a regional director of ABC Illinois and Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee led the organization’s review process. In his message to ABC Illinois members announcing the endorsement decision, Orlando stated, “It seems as though every election is termed ‘the most important election of our lives.’ When it comes to the future of our state, this election IS the most important election we will ever participate in. Please join us in supporting Bruce Rauner for Governor in 2014.”
The endorsement will bring ABC Illinois member activity and financial support to the Rauner Campaign.
ABC Illinois Chapter was established in 1975. ABC IL aggressively promotes and protects the free enterprise system and the Merit Shop Philosophy. It is one of 70 chapters of the national Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), one of the most influential trade associations in the United States. ABC IL is the only construction association that unites the entire construction team to work together for their own mutual benefit and the construction industry.