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Be a hometown hero this summer

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 17:00
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It’s May, and families everywhere are beginning to think about what they are going to do this summer. Camp, the beach, mountains — everything is on the table.

One thing you might not be thinking about is that your elected representatives also will be away from Washington, D.C., and looking for opportunities to meet with their constituents back home. If you have been looking for a time to connect with your elected official, this is the year to do it. 

Why? Because this election year, unlike many in the past, could result in a serious shake-up in Congress. Bottom line, legislators need to make connections with constituents to give themselves a decent chance to be elected.

The auto care industry is facing many challenges, whether it’s the ability to access vehicle data, embedded software on motor vehicle parts or steel and aluminum tariffs. These challenges require that we have a strong government effort in Washington. While Auto Care maintains an experienced lobbying team and a healthy Political Action Committee (all important to impacting action in Congress), the strength of an industry in Washington is often measured by the amount of activism back home in the legislative districts.

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Think of it like a three-legged stool, having two legs is only of so much benefit without the critical third leg -- grassroots activism. 

For our industry’s legislative agenda to be achieved in Washington, companies and their employees in the home legislative districts need to educate their elected officials on the importance of the auto care industry to the economy, and what issues are impacting its bottom line. This contact can come in several forms: hosting a legislator at a business, meeting the official in the legislator’s district office or simply attending a town hall meeting. The important point is that members of our industry make a connection with a legislator.

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