Abbotsford Chamber launches Wake Up the Vote campaign

The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce launched its Wake Up the Vote campaign last week.

The chamber is offering a free cup of coffee on election day (Nov. 19) to all its member businesses and every employee, in an attempt to get the business community engaged in the outcome of the local civic election.

“Business people often feel the most immediate and costly aspects of local government decisions,” said Abbotsford Chamber president Patrick Giesbrecht. “It’s in every local business’ best interest to have a say in deciding who will be making those decisions.”

While the chamber has publicly taken stands on many election issues, including announcing its support of the controversial Stave Lake water project, Giesbrecht stresses Wake Up the Vote is not about endorsing candidates or political positions, but rather aimed at making the local business community an engaged stakeholder in local government.

The chamber is planning to give away up to 6,000 certificates for free coffee to its members and employees. They will be accepted on election day at four local coffee houses: Go Go Beans, La Casa Coffee, Legal Grounds Coffeehouse and the Wired Monk at Parallel Marketplace.

Giesbrecht points out that in the 2008 Abbotsford municipal election, the difference between the last four councillors elected and the next four individuals who failed to get a seat on city council was approximately 4,200 votes.

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