The Government Affairs Committee is dedicated to positively impacting the community through membership education, promotion of housing opportunities and protection of private property rights.
The Government Affairs Committee was founded over 15 years ago when RRAR hired its first Political Affairs Director. The Committee has since grown in scope, and is now focused on member education on legislative, regulatory and political matters. The GAC holds regular educational committee meetings, that are open to all members. Selected committee members also serve on the GAC's Public Policy subcommittee, and work with staff to provide policy development research and recommendations to the Board of Directors. The GAC also provides information to the REALTORS® PAC Committee on REALTORS® PAC fundraising events and candidate funding recommendations.
The Committee reaches out to private businesses, political organizations, and government officials and staff to make recommendations on pressing issues facing the community. Past areas include school construction, transportation improvements, parks and greenways, landlord/tenant issues, sign ordinances, and private property rights. Recently added as a priority is the affordability of housing in the county, and what the involved parties can do to help. Each election, members of the GAC and Board of Directors invite political candidates for municipal, county, and state office to interview and share their views on important issues with our membership. Through in-person interviews and candidate surveys, committee members recommend REALTOR© friendly candidates to the REALTORS® PAC Committee for funding.
Members of the Government Affairs Committee are required to participate in candidate interviews.