Candidate has the record, experience to protect Va.’s environment against Trump
RICHMOND – Citing a long and extensive record working to protect our environment, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters today announced its endorsement of Ralph Northam for Governor.
Throughout his career as a State Senator and in his current capacity as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Northam, an Eastern Shore native, has been a staunch defender of the Chesapeake Bay. He has also worked to expand clean energy and address climate change while maintaining the strongest stance against offshore drilling of any statewide office holder in Virginia. Northam is also the best candidate in this race to protect the land conservation incentives and programs that preserve working farms, historic sites and scenic lands across the state.
Overall, Virginia LCV understands Northam will hold the line against the radical Trump administration, which has zeroed out Bay cleanup funding, wants to open up our coast to drilling, and attacked commonsense regulations that protect clean air and water.
“As a physician, Ralph knows climate change is having real, harmful impacts on our public health, and as an Eastern Shore native, he realizes that sea level rise too big a problem just to ignore,” said Michael Town, Executive Director of Virginia LCV. “His opponent in this race, however, would join Virginia lockstep with a president who just phoned the Mayor of Tangier Island to tell him not to worry about his sinking homeland.”
“Ralph Northam has the experience, the background, and the proven record to lead Virginia forward, not backwards, when it comes to protecting special places across the commonwealth and safeguarding the air we breathe and water we drink,” said Roy Hoagland, Board Chairman of Virginia LCV. “We are proud to stand behind him and look forward to working with the Northam administration to further the progress we’ve made over the past four years.”
As a non-partisan organization, Virginia LCV invites candidates from both parties to complete its questionnaire, the first step in our endorsement process which comes prior to vetting, interviews and a vote by the Board of Directors. Northam’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.