March 18, 2014


March 18, 2014                                              

Mike Berkowitz


The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, a non-partisan environmental protection organization, today announced its first round of 20 candidate endorsements in Michigan’s upcoming state legislative elections.  The Sierra Club also announced positions on three statewide ballot proposals.

“These Sierra Club endorsed candidates have solid environmental records as elected officials. They are champions who demonstrate strong leadership in promoting clean air, clean water, cleaner energy and a healthier Michigan,” said Mike Berkowitz, Political Director of the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. “Our members are committed to making sure voters are aware of the strong environmental values of these endorsed candidates we will work hard to ensure they return to Lansing next year.”

Michigan Sierra Club endorsed the following candidates for state Senate:
Steve Bieda (D-9)
Rebekah Warren (D-18)
Sean McCann (D-20)
Terry Brown (D-25)
Jim Ananich (D-27)

Sierra Club also endorsed the following candidates for state Representative:
Sarah Roberts (D-18)
Jim Townsend (D-26)
Pam Faris (D-48)
Charles Smiley (D-50)
Gretchen Driskell (D-52)
Jeff Irwin (D-53)
David Rutledge (D-54)
Adam Zemke (D-55)
Tom Cochran (D-67)
Andy Schor (D-68)
Sam Singh (D-69)
Theresa Abed (D-71)
Brandon Dillon (D-75)
Collene LaMonte (D-91)
Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-92)

The Sierra Club also announced it will oppose a proposal for a part-time legislature in Michigan and support two referendums linked to wildlife issues:  A ballot proposal to overturn Public Act 520, which designated Grey Wolves as game species, and to overturn Public Act 21. PA 21 gave the Natural Resources Commission authority to designate game species and blocked a public vote on wolf hunting.

Sierra Club volunteers from among the organization’s 150,000 Michigan members and supporters will work with endorsed candidates in their own communities, identifying and recruiting other likely voters who are concerned about the state’s environmental and energy policies, said Richard Morley Barron, Political Chair of the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

“Sierra Club is a grassroots organization and our strength is in educating and mobilizing environmental voters,” said Barron.  “Given the unprecedented challenges facing our Great Lakes, our climate and a weakening of pollution protection and enforcement, we are committed to implementing the most robust effort of any election year in our history.  The times demand it and our members expect it.”

The Michigan Chapter’s Political Committee conducts thorough reviews of all candidates based on their environmental history, voting records and policy positions through candidate interviews and responses to candidate questionnaires.

A full list of candidates and ballot proposals endorsed by the Michigan Sierra Club, including federal, state and local candidates, is available at the following website:

About the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide, and over 150,000 in Michigan. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, visit

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