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  • Maryland LCV Announces Additional Primary Election Endorsements

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Maryland LCV Announces Additional Primary Election Endorsements

    Immediate Release: May 17, 2018

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Anne Arundel County Council District 5

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    The Anne Arundel County Council has seven members. It takes a majority of four votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The Anne Arundel Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the County Council. We are confident that, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the latest in a series of weekly emails that focus on one candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Amanda Fiedler, the Republican candidate challenging incumbent Michael Peroutka for the Republican nomination in District 5. Mr. Peroutka has the worst record on the environment of any member of the Conty Council. District 5 stretches from Severna Park to the tip of the Broadneck Peninsula. Find your County Council District here.
     
    MEET AMANDA FIEDLER

    "My family has lived in Anne Arundel County for four generations. After graduating from Broadneck High School, I earned my BA from Salisbury University and went on to a career in media strategy for Republican campaigns across the country. I always knew I would raise my family here so that my three boys would experience all that this community has to offer. I have fond childhood memories of playing in the Severn River, crabbing on our community dock, and hiking through area woods. Our natural resources are one of the reasons our district is such a desired place to raise a family. Preservation of these resources is important to our future.

    My campaign evolved from my work in our communities, providing leadership on the issues that impact us most. For years I have testified at the county and state level on various legislation. I serve on two boards at our local hospital, and founded a non-profit that has saved hundreds of lives. I'm a member of our local Chamber of Commerce and serve as PTO President for a school of nearly 800 children. I'm not a career politician.

    The County Council decisions impact our lives on a daily basis. I believe we need someone who is engaged with the public, clear in communication and willing to work collaboratively on the issues. My record is one that has all of these important leadership skills.

    It's imperative that we work together to serve our community and ensure tax dollars are working effectively for our common goals and preserving the characteristics of our District that make it such a desirable place to live.

    I will work tirelessly to represent District 5, for my family and for yours."

    AMANDA NEEDS OUR HELP

    You can find out more about how to contribute to and get involved with Amanda’s campaign at www.voteforfiedler.com.

    Meet Amanda and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Anne Arundel elections. It will be on Friday, June 8th from 5 until 7 in Annapolis, more details here.

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Anne Arundel County Council District 5

    Tuesday, May 1, 2018

    The Anne Arundel County Council has seven members. It takes a majority of four votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment.

    The Anne Arundel Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the County Council. We are confident that, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected.

    This is the latest in a series of weekly emails that focus on one candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Dawn Meyers, the Democratic candidate for District 5 running against incumbent Michael Peroutka. District 5 stretches from Severna Park to the tip of the Broadneck Peninsula. Find your County Council District here.
     
    MEET DAWN MEYERS

    "I have a lifelong commitment and record for making government work for its citizens. I grew up in Cape St. Claire and am a proud graduate of Broadneck High School. As the daughter of a firefighter and homemaker, I am the first in my family to graduate college. I received my undergraduate degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and earned my Law degree and MBA from Tulane University.

    In 1996, my 15 year old sister was killed in a car accident by a chronic juvenile offender driving while on probation after 30 positive drug tests. This avoidable family tragedy taught me the real consequences of what can happen when government doesn’t work.

    My family and I worked to fix the issues that led up to my sister’s death. We encouraged DJS to coordinate with the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to revoke licenses for risky juveniles. For some people, government is about politics and theories, but for me- it’s about results.

    It was with these values that I began my career working to help Maryland State government deliver better results for its citizens. As a policy analyst for the Maryland General Assembly, I analyzed billions of dollars in State environmental budgets looking for opportunities for efficiencies and improvements. I succeeded in eliminating duplicative government initiatives and uncovering wasteful spending. Today, I am the Director of Business and Finance for the Physics Department at University of Maryland at College Park and manage an annual budget of $50 million.

    With my husband of 17 years, we raise our children where I grew up, Cape St. Claire. We chose this community to have water access. Rapid development has impacted water and air quality, gridlocked traffic, and decimated our forests. I would like to see Anne Arundel County be smarter about its growth and be a leader in environmental restoration."

    DAWN NEEDS OUR HELP

    Join Dawn for a fundraiser at Cafe Mezzenote in Severna Park on Thursday, May 10th at 6:00pm.  You can find out more about how get involved with Dawn’s campaign at www.votefordawn.com and buy tickets for her event on her Facebook page Dawn Meyers for Anne Arundel County District 5.

    Meet Dawn and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Anne Arundel elections. It will be on Friday, June 8th from 5 until 7 in Annapolis. Watch for details.

  • Maryland LCV Announces Fifth Round of Primary Election Endorsements

    Monday, April 30, 2018

    April 27, 2018        Contact: Kristen Harbeson, Political Director kharbeson@mdlcv.org  cell: 410 952 8100

    Maryland LCV Announces Fifth Round of Primary Election Endorsements   

    (Annapolis, MD) Today the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released its fourth round of endorsed candidates for the Maryland General Assembly and statewide offices in the 2018 state primary elections. The organization said the Senate candidate, and six House candidates are ready to lead their communities with the environment as a central issue to their campaign.

    The organization has endorsed Senate candidate for Prince George’s District 26 Democrat Jamila Jaye Woods, candidate for Delegate in 1A Democrat Mike Dreisbach of Garrett & Allegany Counties, Delegate for District 1C of Allegany & Washington Counties Republican Jordan Lysczeks, Courtney Watson, a Democrat of Howard County’s District 9B Delegate, and three candidates for Anne Arundel County’s District 33 Delegates- Pam Luby, Heather Bagnall, and Tracie Hovernale.

    Maryland LCV’s endorsement process is based on proven leadership on the environment for incumbents and a thorough evaluation of new candidate’s background and commitment to the environment.

    "We are incredibly blessed with an immensely varied landscape of rivers, lakes and streams, bay, ocean, mountain, farm and forest. I grew up on the water; boating, fishing, crabbing, going east "down de ocean" in the summer, and west into the mountains in the fall. I have seen the harm our lack of regulation did in the past, and how great an impact our commitment has made to the sustainable future of our Chesapeake Bay and I am committed not only to being a good steward of our environmental concerns but to creating a stronger path to innovation. Good policy is comprehensive, and good environmental policy is forward thinking and I intend to the change the narrative which says we must choose between economic concerns and environmental protections." Heather Bagnall, running for Delegate in Anne Arundel County’s District 33.

    “It is a great honor to be endorsed by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters who like myself have fought very hard to protect our environment here in Maryland. We all came together to ban fracking in Maryland and I will continue to protect our environment for future generations. For me it has always been a most important cause to protect our environment.  Thanks again for the endorsement as I run for delegate in District 1A in Garrett and Allegany Counties.” Mike Dreisbach, Democrat candidate for Delegate in 1A of Garrett & Allegany Counties.

    “I began my career working to promote clean energy and the conservation of our limited resources and have continued to promote sustainable environmental practices throughout my life.  Our health parallels the health of our environment and we must continually seek ways to preserve and protect it for the generations to come.  As a new State Delegate from District 33, I look forward to promoting legislation that respects and preserves our environment.” Tracie Hovernale, running for Delegate in Anne Arundel County’s District 33.

    "I'm thrilled to receive the endorsement of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.  District 33 has not had strong environmental leadership with our current Delegates.  I hope to get elected so I can change that." Pam Luby, running for Delegate in Anne Arundel County’s District 33.

    “It's possible to protect our natural beauty & encourage economic growth, simultaneously. Western Maryland is an outdoorsman's dream & I'm committed to keeping it that way.” Jordan Lysczeks, Republican candidate for District 1C of Allegany & Washington Counties Delegate.

    “As a former council member and environmental policy maker on the county level for many years, I look forward to working with Maryland League of Conservation Voters to take decisive action to protect our environment across the state.  Addressing climate change head on, managing stormwater to improve the Chesapeake Bay, saving farmland and trees, reducing pollution of all types are issues that we are running out of time to solve.  I share a sense of urgency with members of Maryland LCV to address these challenges.” Courtney Watson of Howard County, running for Delegate in District 9B.

    “Maryland becomes better when we focus on improving important issues, that will positively impact our communities long after we’re gone, now! Clean and renewable energy, including the creation of sustainable jobs from renewable sources, must become the norm. We must greatly reduce greenhouse and carbon emissions, toxic waste, challenges to the Chesapeake Bay and the water we consume and rely on for life. That’s why I’ll work hard in Annapolis to assure we continuously improve our environment.” Jamila Jaye Woods, Senate candidate for District 26 in Prince George’s County.

    Before each state election, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Board of Directors and staff evaluate questionnaires and conduct interviews with dozens of candidates for state-wide office, including Comptroller, Attorney General, and Governor as well candidates as for the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate. In the 2018 Primary and General elections, Maryland LCV will once again campaign to elect pro-conservation candidates.

    More endorsements will be released in the coming months.

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    For almost 40 years, the non-partisan Maryland League of Conservation Voters has served as the political voice of environment. We advocate for sound conservation policies, promote environmentally responsible candidates, and hold individual elected officials accountable through our scorecards and reports.

  • Spotlight on the candidates for Anne Arundel County Council District 2

    Friday, April 13, 2018
    The Anne Arundel County Council has seven members. It takes a majority of four votes to pass any bill, including any bill to protect our environment. The AA Chapter has endorsed six candidates for the County Council. We are confident that, if elected, they will give Annapolis a strong conservation majority on the Council. Now we have to get them elected. 
     
    This is the first in a series of weekly emails that focus on one of those candidates each week. This week we will introduce you to Allison Pickard, candidate for District 2. District 2 lies in the northern part of the county between Severn and Glen Burnie. Find your County Council District here.
     
    MEET ALLISON PICKARD
     
    Maryland’s natural resources are our greatest treasures and also an economic engine for our region. There’s never been a more important time to dedicate our efforts to clean air, clean water, and renewable energy sources. The health of our children, communities, and future is inextricably linked to the health of our local environment and resources.
     
    The combination of strong leadership, practical professional experience, and higher education have served me well as I pursue common-sense, results driven solutions to community issues. I have forged strong relationships with other leaders in the county through my work with PTA, the Board of Education, and the School Board Appointment Commission but the most significant work of my campaign has been engaging with thousands of neighbors in my district to really understand what is important to them. I, along with my husband Joe and 3 school age children call Millersville home. We share the concerns with our District 2 neighbors in Glen Burnie and Severn about strong public schools, safe streets, and smart growth. As a candidate for County Council, I bring a refreshingly pragmatic and results-based approach to policy decisions. 
     
    Reflecting on my life-long values, I remain committed to working hard and reaching out to all community members, business and labor leaders, elected officials, and community groups to make Anne Arundel County the best it can be.
     
    ALLISON NEEDS OUR HELP
     
    Join her at a meet the Family event: Fun, family fundraiser - Monday, April 23 at Gino’s in Glen Burnie. You can find out more about how get involved with this campaign at www.AllisonPickard.com or Allison Pickard For County Council on Facebook
     
    Meet Allison and our other endorsed candidates at the Anne Arundel Chapter’s fundraiser for the Anne Arundel elections. It will beon Friday, June 8th from 5 until 7. Stay tuned for details.
  • Maryland LCV Announces Third Round of Primary Election Endorsements for General Assembly

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018

    For Immediate Release
    March 6, 2018     

    Contact: Kristen Harbeson, Political Director
    cell: 410 952 8100

  • The Life of Ajax Eastman

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    We have sad news, one of our co-founders Ajax Eastman has passed away on Friday morning of March 2nd. In 2014 we awarded her the John V. Kabler Award for her dedication in protecting Maryland's environment.

    Involved in environmental issues since 1970, Baltimore City’s Ajax Eastman cofounded the Maryland League of Conservation Voters in 1979. She was on the board of the Maryland Environmental Trust, past President of the Maryland Conservation Council, co-chairman of the Maryland Wild lands Committee, and on numerous state boards and commissions. Ajax's frustration with the failure of traditional lobbying and testimony to pass a bottle bill through the General Assembly led to her decision to enter the political arena through Maryland LCV. She also took on a more successful fight to protect the crown jewels of Maryland’s protected lands—the wild lands, even becoming a namesake. In addition to her hard work in Annapolis, she also is a naturalist and teacher of the state’s natural wonders to kids at camps and in Maryland parks.
     
    Ajax's memorial service will be on Saturday, March 17th at 2:00 PM at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church on Charles St in Balt. 
  • Life. Love. Maryland LCV ❤️️

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    No doubt about it, LIFE is TOO FULL. Three (teenage) boys, running my own architectural business, keeping the home ‘presentable’, much needed exercise, eating right, and maybe even some quiet time for myself. When DO I get to spend time with my husband, Lance? Thankfully, Lance and I share more than just a passion for each other – but also a passion for our environments.

    We are both architects, having met and married while at Mississippi State School of Architecture. Our relationship developed through our desire to shape our built environment. But, most importantly today, we are able to share our passion for our natural environment through our roles on the boards of Maryland LCV and Maryland LCV Education Fund, respectively.

    We decided to move to Maryland not only for the career opportunities, but also because we fell in love with Maryland’s diverse natural landscapes which we knew would be great for raising our family.

    As busy as life can be – I make a particular effort to enjoy the wonderful landscapes that Maryland has to offer. In our hometown of Edgewater, I especially love boating and rafting up Harness Creek. Biking with the Boy Scouts leads to trails of mud in the woods or paths around BWI Airport. We love camping at the beach for LAX tournaments.

    Donate today in celebration of your love of Maryland this Valentine’s Day>>

  • Chispa Maryland’s Story

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    Every donation will be TRIPLED when you donate and go towards helping us clean up the Bay, address climate change, and keep Maryland healthy!

     

    Several years ago I made the decision to work towards a just society by focusing on the environment and improving the environmental conditions in local communities. And every day I work alongside our Chispa Maryland volunteers and Promotores I know I made the right decision.  

     

    As the Director of Chispa Maryland, I see every day the passion and commitment of my community when it’s time to protect the health of our families and fight for a cleaner and healthier environment for all. Their passion and the fact that this is a matter of life or death for our families, since we are overexposed to air pollution and we are some of the most impacted by climate change is what moves me to work day after day energetically with our volunteers and Promotores.

     

    Join me and support Maryland LCV with a donation before Dec. 31st, every donation will be TRIPLED and help address climate change and ensure Maryland is healthy for future generations>>

     

    Now we are working on an exciting campaign, Clean Buses for Healthy Niños or Kids.  As a part of the settlement for Volkswagen cheating federal emissions tests, they are paying a $14.7 billion, of which Maryland is receiving 75 million and can use to upgrade our aging fleet of toxic diesel school buses to zero-emissions electric buses. Thanks to supporters like you, this campaign would be able clean the air in our communities, bolster the fight against climate change, and protect the lungs of the 623,000 kids who ride buses every day.

     

    This is last in our series of staff stories, sharing what makes us so passionate about this work.  I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from us and continue to be such great supporters of my work with Chispa Maryland and the entire Conservation Voter Movement.

     

    Saludos,

     

     

    Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Chispa Maryland Director

    Maryland LCV

     
  • For madre tierra

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

     

    Every donation will be TRIPLED when you donate today and go towards helping us clean up the Bay, address climate change, and Maryland healthy!

     

    Protecting the Earth and promoting Environmental Justice are two of the reasons I love working at Maryland LCV. As a Latina immigrant who grew up around nature and green spaces, protecting these is essential to my heritage. Moreover, as an organizer working with Latino communities, I know that fighting for our environment also means fighting to protect the communities that are most impacted by climate change and pollution.

     

    Join me and support Maryland LCV with a donation before Dec. 31st, every donation will be TRIPLED and help address climate change and ensure Maryland is healthy for future generations>>

     

    One of my proudest moment was sitting beside the Chispa Maryland Promotores as they accepted the 2017 John V. Kabler Award for their leadership in their community to green their schools and communities. Thanks to supporters like you, this past summer, we graduated the second class of Latino leaders as Promotores to engage and educate their communities.

     

    This work allows me to stand alongside and support amazing community members and leaders to protect their health and fight for justice. This is why I am proud to be part of Maryland LCV and the amazing work to make sure Maryland leads the way in protecting our mother earth.

     

    For madre tierra,

     

     

    Johana Vicente, Chispa Maryland Organizer

    Maryland LCV