Hardware Retailing

OCT 2016

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60 HARDWARE RETAILING | October 2016 A Call to Public Service Retailers Do Double Duty as Politicians A tumultuous, heated presidential campaign is at the forefront of U.S. politics right now, but some politically active retailers offer perspectives on government involvement that supersede parties and candidates. Sidestepping the widely debated topics of this election cycle, these store owners spoke with Hardware Retailing about what it means to spend time as public servants and what businesspeople uniquely contribute as political leaders. On the next few pages, you will hear from retailers who have found ways to juggle business, work in local and state governments, and make a difference. In this story, a political party chairman and a city alderman both share why they got involved in government, how their business experiences have helped them be strong public servants and why it's important for other independent business owners to be active politically. In this article, you will read Q&As with Jared Littmann, who is a store owner and serves as a local city alderman, and Jeff Cardwell, who doubles as a retailer and chairman of the Indiana State Republican Party. For yet another perspective on working both as a retailer and a politician, visit the TheRedT.com/stine-qa for an online-exclusive Q&A with Dennis Stine, president and CEO of Stine Lumber in Louisiana. Stine has served as a state legislator and as a financial officer who worked directly with the governor of Louisiana. Then, head to the Last Word on Page 86 to learn about business issues that six states will be voting on in November.

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