The island’s business sector has closed ranks and formed a political action committee called Action PAC.
The new group is comprised of the Guam Chamber of Commerce, Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association, Guam Association of Realtors, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Korean Chamber of Commerce, Guam Contractors Association, and the Guam Women’s Chamber.
Laura Dacanay, the executive director of Action Pac, said the group is a nonprofit, political action committee that was formed to affect change in government, specifically as it relates to five key issues:
- Decrease the size of the Government of Guam;
2. Improve transparency in all levels of the Government of Guam;
3. Support the military build-up;
4. Support a part-time legislature; and
5. Roll back the BPT from 5% to 4% immediately
Action PAC is committed to identifying and supporting candidates in the 2020 election who are also committed to getting behind these five issues.
According to Dacanay, supporting the right candidates will give the group a better chance of seeing the changes it wants to see in government.
She said the lockdown has adversely affected hundreds of island businesses including her own.
“We are voting residents of all ages and backgrounds who believe in taking an active role in supporting and electing the right leaders in government. As a co-owner and active participant in a local small business, I have witnessed firsthand the challenges that are facing a growing number of residents. Now is the time for like minds to come together and voice our collective concerns about the direction our island is taking at this pivotal moment in our history,” Dacanay said.
According to Dacanay, Action PAC is not affiliated with any political party but it is committed to supporting candidates whose platforms and purpose align with the group’s core values.