2018 Voters Guide
It’s Your Move
We have one word of advice for you this fall: Vote! Better yet: Vote informed. To help you get up to speed before you head to the polls, here’s OIA’s Voters Guide for some of the key races to the outdoor community in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
Elections matter and it is critical you get involved and vote on outdoor issues. We put this Voters Guide together to motivate you to learn more about the candidates and the issues they’ll face, and to put people in office who will continue to grow the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy.
Strength in Numbers
The numbers speak for themselves. The outdoor industry employs more than 7.6 million Americans, generates more than $887 billion in consumer spending and accounts for 2 percent of the United States GDP. Outdoor Industry Association strives to increase participation, help advance sustainable business practices and shape public policy. We need the right people in power to support our goals.
Feel the Power
Your vote matters. Stay informed—and not just before elections. And hold the candidates accountable. Be the difference. But first things first: Get out and vote.
Outdoor Industry Association supports candidates running for elected office in the United States who meet the following criteria:
- Recreation Economy: Recognize the size, scope and impact of the Outdoor Recreation Economy in their respective district and state as well as at the federal level; legislate and vote in a manner that supports the $887 billion in consumer spending and 7.6 million sustainable American jobs generated by the Outdoor Recreation Economy.
- Public Lands: Stand up for the conservation of state and federal public lands and waters; fight for conservation and infrastructure funding; work to make the outdoors accessible to everyone.
- Trade: Support balanced trade initiatives including federal tariff reform that relieve outdoor businesses of disproportionately high import taxes, support businesses that manufacture their products domestically, and support policies that promote sustainable products and supply chains.
- Climate: Acknowledge the threat of climate change to our public lands and waters and to the Outdoor Recreation Economy and seek policies that seek to mitigate the effects of global warming.
We’ve selected 34 Races to Watch, which not only affect local constituents but could also impact federal and state outdoor recreation policies. We’ve also included Consumer Spending numbers in candidates’ districts and states to show the (often overlooked) extent of the Outdoor Recreation Economy. We’ve indicated 13 official OIA Endorsements for those candidates we feel will make a difference in the legislative balance of power and in how recreation and trade policy is shaped on the local and national level.
In addition to this resource, make sure to review the OIA Scorecard Grades. They’re a quick-scan summation of how much a candidate (if he or she is a current sitting member of Congress) has supported issues critical to growing the Outdoor Recreational Economy.