August 29, 2014

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 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 30 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.

Sierra Club endorsed the following candidates for State Senate:

Coleman Young for State Senate District 1
Morris Hood for State Senate District 3
Virgil Smith for State Senate District 4
Vincent Gregory for State Senate District 11
Kevin Commet for State Senate District 16
Jim Ananich for State Senate District 27
Sarah Howard for State Senate District 30
Ron Mindykowski for State Senate District 31
Fred Sprague for State Senate District 33
Cathy Forbes for State Senate District 34
Phil Bellfy for State Senate District 37

Sierra Club endorsed the following candidates for State Representative:

Stephanie Chang for State Representative District 6
Sherry Gay Dagnogo for State Representative District 8
Julie Plawecki for State Representative District 11
Kristy Pagan for State Representative District 21
John Chirkun for State Representative District 22
David Haener for State Representative District 23
Robert Wittenberg for State Representative District 27
Derek Miller for State Representative District 28
Bo Karpinsky for State Representative District 30
Christine Greig for State Representative District 37
Sandy Colvin for State Representative District 39
Phil Phelps for State Representative District 49
Sharon Wimple for State Representative District 57
Jon Hoadley for State Representative District 60
John Fischer for State Representative District 61
Andy Helmbolt for State Representative District 62
Rob VerHeulen for State Representative District 74
Annie Braidwood for State Representative District 85
Lynn Mason for State Representative District 86
Betsy Coffia for State Representative District 104
Robert Kennedy for State Representative District 106

Sierra Club also endorsed the following for local races:

David Bowman for Oakland County Commission District 10

“Sierra Club volunteers from among the organization’s 160,000 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 160,000 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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