For Immediate Release
March 6, 2018
Contact: Kristen Harbeson, Political Director
cell: 410 952 8100
Maryland LCV Announces Third Round of Primary Election Endorsements for General Assembly
(Annapolis, MD) Today the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) released its third round of endorsed candidates for the Maryland General Assembly in the 2018 state primary elections. The organization said the Senate candidate and five House candidates are ready to lead their communities with the environment as a central issue to their campaign and tenure as legislators.
The organization has endorsed Sarah Elfreth for her Senate run in Anne Arundel County’s District 30, Allison Berkowitz for Delegate in Harford and Baltimore County’s District 7, Lesley Lopez for Delegate of District 39 in Montgomery County, Sara Love for District 16 of Montgomery County, Delegate Nick Mosby for Baltimore City’s District 40, and Natalie Ziegler’s run for Delegate in Howard County’s District 9A.
“There are a number of high quality candidates in these races and strong conservation leaders are emerging in races where communities are frustrated by their low-scoring incumbents,” said Karla Raettig, Executive Director of Maryland LCV. "Our mission to elect pro-conservation advocates has never been so important. Voters in Maryland are ready for effective leaders to protect our air, land, water, and public health.”
"Maryland LCV is the standard-bearer for the Bay, the 'political voice for the environment.' I'm proud to have earned their endorsement and look forward to working with them to increase Maryland's oyster populations, invest in green jobs, and protect our forests and critical areas.” Sarah Elfreth for District 30 Senate in Anne Arundel County.
“As a representative of District 7, one of my goals would be to help make Maryland a model of what it means to be good stewards of the earth. I’m honored to have the support of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters in my efforts to ensure environmental responsibility and conservation.” Allison Berkowitz for District 7 Delegate in Baltimore and Harford counties.
"Earning the support and respect of Maryland League of Conservation Voters is an honor. Maryland has a diverse set of environmental challenges that we must face in the coming years and I look forward to continuing to work as a partner with Maryland LCV. If given the honor of serving as Delegate for District 39, I will champion Maryland’s role in the global effort to combat climate change and fight for environmental justice for all Marylanders." Lesley Lopez, candidate for Delegate in District 39 in Montgomery County.
"I am honored to be endorsed by Maryland LCV. Growing up I was taught the importance of protecting our environment and I look forward to working with Maryland LCV in the General Assembly on the many environmental issues confronting us," Sara Love, candidate for District 16 Delegate in Montgomery County.
“I am privileged to receive the endorsement of Maryland League of Conservation Voters in my campaign to continue to represent the amazing citizens of the 40th district. Protecting the sanctity of our environment for future generations and fighting against misguided attempts to erase decades of environmental protection progress is as important now as ever before. I am eager to stand in the fight with LCV and look forward to pushing for a healthier and greener Maryland.” Delegate Nick J. Mosby for District 40 Delegate in Baltimore City.
“I am very honored to have received the endorsement of Maryland League of Conservation Voters. As a farmer, I realize that the farming community and environmental advocates have not always seen eye to eye, but ultimately we share the same goals, and depend on the same environment. I am grateful to the League of Conservation Voters for the work they do, and look forward to working together to fight the effects of climate change and pass a cleaner and healthier environment on to future generations.” Natalie Ziegler, Howard County candidate for District 9A.
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.
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.
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