Hartford, CT – The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) has endorsed Mary Daugherty Abrams (D) to represent the 13th Senate District. A resident of Meriden and former schoolteacher and administrator, Mary Abrams has represented the District since 2018.
CTLCV supported Abrams in her successful bid for election in 2018 because of her pro-environment commitment. In keeping with her promises and the values of her constituents, she earned a perfect 100% rating on CTLCV’s 2019 Environmental Scorecard and was named as one of CTLCV’s Environmental Champions.
As Senate Co-Chair of the Public Health Committee, Mary Abrams has focused on high quality water supply, leading the charge against water contaminants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. PFAS are known to cause cancer and have been linked to reproductive and immunological effects. After the disastrous spill of thousands of gallons of PFAS in the Farmington River last summer, Mary Abrams is determined to better regulate PFAS in Connecticut to protect public health and our environment.
Her opponent, whom she defeated in 2018, has repeatedly voted against environmental and public health initiatives, and was listed as one of the national League of Conservation Voter’s 2018 Dirty Dozen, a group of legislators who actively work against environmental legislation. He received the lowest score out of all of the legislators in Connecticut – a horrendous 46% - on the CTLCV 2018 Environmental Scorecard.
In her freshman term, Mary Abrams led the charge on the passage of the State Water Plan, which was designed to balance the use of water to meet the needs of all residents. The State Water Plan reaffirms that water is a resource in the Public Trust to be conserved and benefit the public, not just treated as a corporate asset.
“Mary’s commitment to the State Water Plan exceeded our expectations,” said CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown. “She was a driving force to get the Plan adopted and we need her in the legislature to create the policies that give the Plan the strength and structure it will need to be a force for environmental protection.
The 13th Senate District, which includes Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield, and Rockfall, faces water quality challenges that could worsen if not addressed.
CTLCV endorsements are based on candidates’ track records on key environmental issues, their responses to a Survey on the Environment, and an extensive interview via Zoom. CTLCV is a bipartisan, statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Connecticut's environment by making it a priority for our elected leaders. We work in concert with Connecticut's environmental advocacy groups to identify and highlight important bills impacting our air, water, wildlife, open space, climate, and our health, and hold legislators accountable for their votes in our annual Environmental Scorecard.
A complete list of all of the candidates endorsed by CTLCV for the 2020 election can be found on our website.
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