Virginia LCV congratulates Governor-elect Northam on election night victory

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Lee Francis | Communications Manager
Virginia League of Conservation Voters
(804) 225-1902 |


FAIRFAX – Today, Virginia voters elected Ralph Northam as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A proven environmental leader with almost a decade of public service to Virginians protecting our clean water, air and land resources, Governor-elect Northam made acting on climate change and protecting the environment top issues in this race, a clear contrast to an opponent with deep ties to big polluters and parallel policies to those of President Trump. As one of only two gubernatorial races across the nation, and the only one that was competitive, this race was closely watched as a referendum on Trump and bellwether for the American electorate.

“Virginians have spoken, and they wisely chose a leader who will protect the air we breathe, water we drink, and special places across the commonwealth, rejecting in the process the toxic policies coming out of Washington D.C. We wholeheartedly congratulate Governor-elect Northam on a well-deserved victory tonight,” said Michael Town, executive director of Virginia LCV. “We look forward to working with this administration over the next four years to grow our clean energy economy, safeguard clean water, and preserve our beautiful land resources for future generations of Virginians, while pushing back against radical attacks on the environment at the federal level.”

Virginia LCV’s electoral arm, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Political Action Committee, invested more than $4 million in the 2017 election cycle, overall, the most in the organization’s history, including an extensive ground campaign that knocked on upwards of 350,000 doors to both persuade undecided voters and turn voters out on Election Day. More information on Virginia LCV PAC’s electoral efforts is available here.

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The Virginia League of Conservation Voters serves as the political voice of the state’s conservation community, working to make sure Virginia’s elected officials recognize that our natural heritage is an environmental and economic treasure for all. Virginia LCV works with conservation leaders across Virginia and strives for a conservation majority in state government. We secure good public policies on the state level and hold public officials accountable for their positions on environmental issues. For more information, visit