The Quad City Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA) drew almost 400 people to a bipartisan political event last week in Davenport, Iowa as two presenters debated whether Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton would have a more positive effect on REALTOR® issues if elected president.
A pair of local REALTORS® presented opposing arguments during “America’s Future” at the Golden Leaf Banquet Center, to QCARA members, attorneys, business partners, home builders and members of local political parties. Time was also provided for networking and personal discussions.
“Our main purpose of the event was to hear and discuss how the current nominees from both parties will lead our country focusing on REALTOR® issues,” said QCARA CEO Sharon Carlson. “Bill Gluba (RE/MAX River Cities) represented the Democratic Party and Scott Kelling (Mel Foster) the Republican Party. Their presentations dealt with history, how their parties view our issues and what direction each candidate wishes to take our country. I have never been prouder to be a part of the Quad City real estate industry.”
Carlson credited committee chairs Katie Sommers, Greg Rediger and Kelling with good planning and execution of the event, and thanked both the Illinois REALTORS® and the Iowa Association of REALTORS® for supporting the event with grant money. She thanked the local American Legion for presenting the colors and local singer Jack Carey for performing the national anthem.
“The conduct and respect shown during the program was as expected from our great real estate community, spectacular! It was a night to be proud of!” said Carlson.
Organizers wanted members to remember the importance of educating themselves about local, state and federal candidates for elected office and to understand the strength of the REALTOR® Party in standing up for the rights of property owners and REALTORS®. Although the REALTORS® may endorse and support some candidates through Opportunity Races and Independent Expenditures, neither the national nor the state associations will endorse candidates in the presidential elections.