June 16, 2014

Sierra Club Endorses Shari Pollesch, Bert Johnson, Bryan Mielke in State Legislative Races

June, 16, 2014

Mike Berkowitz

Sierra Club Endorses Shari Pollesch, Bert Johnson, Bryan Mielke in State Legislative Races
Nation’s Largest Grassroots Conservation Organization Backs Three Proven Climate and Clean Energy Leaders in Michigan election Bids

LANSING, MI  -The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club announced its endorsement of three environmental champions for Michigan’s upcoming state legislative elections. Shari Pollesch in state Senate District 22, Sen. Bert Johnson’s in  District 2, and Bryan Mielke in state House District 99 all earned the organization’s support. 

“These candidates have demonstrated strong support for clean air, clean water and for strengthening Michigan’s clean energy future,,” said Mike Berkowitz, Political and Legislative Director for the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.  “These are issues everyday Michiganders care about and should be priorities for the next legislature.”
Shari Pollesch served on the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board, including two years as chair. Pollesch regularly participates in Sierra Club activities including Citizen Lobby Day, advocacy trips to Washington D.C., writing letters to newspapers, and engaging in the fight against fracking in Livingston County.

Sen. Bert Johnson has a proven environmental track record during his time in the Michigan Legislature. Johnson regularly engages with Sierra Club members from his district on transportation, energy, and water policy. He received a 97% score from the Sierra Club for his voting record in the legislature.

Bryan Mielke is a computer scientist who designs software that monitors the safety of pipelines, an important job particularly in light of recent pipeline spills in Michigan. As a Union Township trustee, Mielke helped write the township’s smart growth master plan and also reformed wind turbine zoning to enable more wind energy installations.
The Sierra Club also endorsed Tim Killeen for Wayne County Commission District 1 and David Woodward for Oakland County Commission District 19.

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: http://michigan.sierraclub.org/politics/articles/2014Endorsements.html

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 

Paid for by Michigan Sierra PAC (109 E. Grand River Ave. Lansing, MI 48906)