July 2, 2014

NEWS: Sierra Club releases endorsements for MI State Legislative and Local races

NEWS: Sierra Club releases endorsements for MI State Legislative and Local races

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2014

CONTACT:
Mike Berkowitz
248-345-9808
mike.berkowitz@sierraclub.org

Sierra Club Endorses Candidates in State Legislative and Local Races
Nation’s Largest Grassroots Conservation Organization Backs Climate and Clean Energy Leaders in Michigan election

LANSING, MI  -The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club announced over 50 candidate endorsements in Michigan’s upcoming state legislative and local elections.        
“These Sierra Club endorsed candidates have demonstrated strong leadership in promoting clean air, clean water and cleaner energy for a healthier Michigan,” said Mike Berkowitz, Political Director of the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter.

Michigan Sierra Club endorsed the following candidates for State Senate:

David Knezek for State Senate District 5
Ryan Fishman for State Senate District 13
Bobbie Walton for State Senate District 14
Curtis Hertel for State Senate District 23
Dawn Levey for State Senate District 24
Lance Penny for State Senate District 29

Sierra Club endorsed the following candidates for State Representative:

Alberta Tinsley Talabi for State Representative District 2
Erika Geiss for State Representative District 12
Tony Trupiano for State Representative District 13
George Darany for State Representative District 15
Jeremy Moss for State Representative District 35
Joanna VanRaaphorst for State Representative District 45
Sheila Barr for State Representative District 51
Brenda Pilgrim for State Representative District 64
Annie Brown for State Representative District 66
Winnie Brinks for State Representative District 76
Margaret Guerrero DeLuca for State Representative District 82
Tom Stobie for State Representative District 101
Grant Carlson for State Representative District 108

Sierra Club also endorsed the following for local state races

Vic Celentino for Ingham County Commission District 1
Rebecca Bahar Cook for Ingham County Commission District 2
Kara Hope for Ingham County Commission District 7
Penelope Tsernoglu for Ingham County Commission District 8
Carol Koenig for Ingham County Commission District 9
Brian McGrain for Ingham County Commission District 10
Teri Banas for Ingham County Commission District 11
Deborah Nolan for Ingham County Commission District 12
Randy Schafer for Ingham County Commission District 13

Val Cochran Topps for Jackson County Commission District 3
John Polacyk for Jackson County Commission District 8

Julie Rogers for Kalamazoo County Commission District 5

Bryant Nolden for Genessee County Commission District 1
Andrew Everman for Genessee County Commission District 7
Pegge Adams for Genessee County Commission District 9

Phil Reid for Oakland County Commission District 4
Ethyl Rivera for Oakland County Commission District 6
Colleen Crossey for Oakland County Commission District 9
Martha Black for Oakland County Commission District 11
Mike Lewis for Oakland County Commission District 12
Marcia Gershenson for Oakland County Commission District 13
Nadine Harvey for Oakland County Commission District 15
Phyllis Noda for Oakland County Commission District 16
Helaine Zack for Oakland County Commission District 18
Gary McGillivray for Oakland County Commission District 20

Bill Barnwell for Macomb County Commission District 1
Fred Miller for Macomb County Commission District 9

Ilona Varga for Wayne County Commission District 4
Ray Basham for Wayne County Commission District 14

Richard Hawkins for Clinton County Commission District 4

Terrance Augustine for Eaton County Commission District 3
Jack Finn for Eaton County Commission District 5
Jane Whitacre for Eaton County Commission District 6


“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

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 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 
http://www.sierraclub.org.

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


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