July 6, 2016

Press Release: Sierra Club Endorses Michigan Legislative and Local Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 6, 2016                                        

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

Sierra Club Endorses Michigan Legislative and Local Candidates


The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, a non-partisan environmental protection organization, today announced its second round of candidate endorsements in Michigan’s upcoming state house and local elections. These endorsements precede the 2016 August primary election and come after a thorough review by local and state committees within the Sierra Club’s volunteer leadership.

“These Sierra Club endorsed candidates 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 are successful in the upcoming election.”


Michigan Sierra Club endorsed the following candidates for State Representative:
Carla Tinsley-Smith for District 2
Kevin Hertel for District 18
John Chirkun for District 22
Dana Camphous-Peterson for District 24
Jim Ellison for District 26
William Sowerby for District 31
Sheldon Neeley for District 34
Michael Stack for District 39
Nicole Bedi for District 40
Pam Faris for District 48
Phil Phelps for District 49
Tim Sneller for District 50
Anne Brown for District 54
Tom Redmond for District 56
David LaGrand for District 75
James Wencel for District 84
Sean Mullally for District 92
Don Tilley for District 96
Geoff Malicoat for District 98
Jordan Stancil for District 103
Betsy Coffia for District 104
Erin Kieliszewski for District 106

Sierra Club also endorsed the following for local races:
Jim Nash for Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
Phillip Reid for Oakland County Commission District 1
Colleen Crossey for Oakland County Commission District 9
David Bowman for Oakland County Commission District 10
Charles Gaba for Oakland County Commission District 12
Marcia Gershenson for Oakland County Commission District 13
Charles Salgat for Oakland County Commission District 16
Helaine Zack for Oakland County Commission District 18
Dave Woodward for Oakland County Commission District 19
Martha Scott for Wayne County Commission District 3
Patrick Crandell for Wayne County Commission District 9
Patricia Hartig for Wayne County Commission District 15
Glenn Anderson for Wayne County Commission District 12

Pegge Adams for Genesee County Commission District 9

Rachel Hood for Kent County Drain Commissioner
Neil Blakeslee for Kent County Commission District 1
Harold Mast for Kent County Commission District 12
Carol Hennessy for Kent County Commission District 14
Jim Talen for Kent County Commission District 15
Tony Baker for Kent County Commission District 18
Phil Skaggs for Kent County Commission District 19

John Taylor for Kalamazoo County Clerk
Julie Rogers for Kalamazoo County Commission District 5

Jake Smith for Calhoun County Commission District 3

“Sierra Club volunteers from the organization’s 80,000 Michigan members and supporters will work with endorsed candidates in their own districts, 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 political strength is in educating and mobilizing environmental voters,” said Barron.  “Given the unprecedented challenges facing our Great Lakes, our climate and the recent 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, voting scorecards, 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 here.

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 80,000 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)