For immediate release:
Wednesday, June 7
RICHMOND – Today, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters announced its endorsement of Mark Herring for re-election as Virginia’s Attorney General. The endorsement is the League’s first backing of a statewide candidate so far in the 2017 election cycle.
In making its endorsement, Virginia LCV looked to Attorney General Herring’s strong record defending the environment from corporate polluters and standing up for solutions to the climate crisis, as well as maintaining Virginia’s long-held ban on uranium mining and empowering localities to protect their communities from the impacts of fracking. More specifically, Herring secured the largest-ever environmental settlement in state history, went to court to defend the Clean Power Plan, and successfully defended the landmark Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan.
Michael Town, executive director of Virginia LCV, issued the following statement in making today’s endorsement:
“In a time when we can no longer depend on environmental leadership at the federal level, it’s vital that we have a strong backstop here in Virginia who will stand up for our environment and public health. Over the past four years as Attorney General and even longer as a state senator, Mark Herring has been dedicated to protecting clean air, clean water, and protected lands. We need this type of leadership more now than ever. This is why Virginia LCV proudly endorses Mark for his re-election bid and looks forward to working with him for another four years.”
As a non-partisan organization, Virginia LCV invites candidates from both parties to complete our questionnaire, the first step in our endorsement process which comes prior to vetting and a potential vote by our Board of Directors. Attorney General Herring’s opponent declined to participate in this process.
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.