Chamber to Host Virtual Ballot Briefing Power Hour

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Michael Nachef, system director of government relations for Lee Health, will speak about amendments on the upcoming ballot.

Do November’s elections have you mystified about which way to vote on the amendments on the ballot? The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce’s executive board considers it such an important topic, that it has opened its Oct. 2 Government Affairs Committee meeting to the entire membership, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The chamber hosts Michael Nachef, system director of government relations for Lee Health, as speaker at the virtual Ballot Briefing Power Hour. “He will be giving a description of each of the six amendments that will appear on the ballot this year and will answer questions so that our membership can be well-educated voters as they go into the polls,” said John Lai, chamber president and chief executive officer.

As an in-house registered lobbyist, Nachef works closely with elected officials and their staff at the local, state, and federal levels. His work is focused on policy and funding issues that affect healthcare delivery and cost for residents of Southwest Florida. He works closely with hospital, community, statewide, and national leaders to achieve positive outcomes for Lee Health.

“’Every election is determined by the people who show up,’” said Nachef. “I borrow that quote from American political scientist Larry Sabato. It is not only your duty to vote in our constitutional republic, it makes good business sense. You as business leaders have built something and know what it means to have others count on your work product. Don’t let someone else decide who will shape your business and our future without your voice being heard.”
“This continues our series of virtual chamber meetings in an ongoing effort to keep members informed and safe,” said Lai.

The chamber will send members Zoom invitations to register for the virtual event. When members RSVP, they will receive a link to the Zoom meeting in advance. Sponsorships are still available for the presentation. For information on becoming a sponsor or registering for the meeting, contact Ashley Pignato at ashley@sanibel-captiva.org. Participants can also send questions for Nachef to Pignato in advance or submit them during the meeting through the chat feature.

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