The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently unveiled a new program for candidates running for elected office in 2020. The “Pledge to Equipment Manufacturers” offer all candidates, incumbents as well as challengers, the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the policies that keep equipment manufacturers strong and America exceptional, and express their support for the 2.8 million men and women who manufacture the equipment that builds, powers and feeds America.

The “Pledge to Equipment Manufacturers” is open to all candidates running for office at the local, state, and federal levels. During the next several weeks, AEM will announce and acknowledge candidates who have taken the pledge and expressed their support for the policies that keep the industry strong. The complete list of candidates who have taken the pledge is available at: www.aem.org/pledge.

AEM is acknowledging the following candidates for taking the “Pledge to Equipment Manufacturers” and for their commitment to the 2.8 million men and women of the industry.

  • Representative Colin Allred (Democratic Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Texas’ 32nd Congressional District.
  • Representative Don Bacon (Republican Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.
  • Representative Jim Banks (Republican Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District.
  • Senator Joni Ernst (Republican Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent the state of Iowa.
  • Representative Ron Estes (Republican Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Kansas’ 4th Congressional District.
  • Representative Josh Gottheimer (Democratic Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District.
  • Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (Democratic Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Illinois’ 8th Congressional District.
  • Representative Tom Reed (Republican Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
  • Senator Tom Tillis (Republican Party) who is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent the state of North Carolina.

“Equipment manufacturing is the backbone of the American economy,” said Kip Eideberg, senior vice president, Government and Industry Relations at AEM. “Voters are increasingly worried about the future of manufacturing in our country and are looking for candidates to support the policies that will keep our industry strong and America exceptional. That is why we are grateful to these candidates for their leadership and unwavering support for the 2.8 million people who make the equipment that builds, powers, and feeds America.”

Jobs and the state of the U.S. economy consistently rank as the top issue for voters. And in many parts of the country, family-sustaining jobs and the health of the local economy depend directly on the strength of equipment manufacturing. That is why it is imperative that candidates affirm their support for rebuilding and modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, expanding access to foreign markets for U.S. manufactured good and components, preserve and improve our tax system to promote strong and sustained economic growth, funding programs to attract, train, and retain the next generation workforce, and strengthening rural America.

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