Hartford, CT – Today, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) released its third round of endorsements for the Connecticut General Assembly. All candidates for legislative office were invited to complete CTLCV’s Survey on the Environment earlier this summer. Nearly 120 candidates responded, and CTLCV’s Endorsement Committee has reviewed their answers and begun interviewing those who identified the environment as one of their top priorities. Today’s endorsements represent the third of several rounds.
Candidates receiving CTLCV’s endorsements are:
“Connecticut deserves lawmakers who will fight for renewable energy, clean air and water, and open space,” said Lori Brown, CTLCV Executive Director. “The candidates we endorsed today have made a real commitment to the environment. They have all signed on to our Clean Energy for All pledge to move Connecticut to 100% renewable energy, and each has demonstrated in the legislature or on the campaign trail that the environment is more than just a talking point, it’s a priority.”
These endorsements represent the second round in an ongoing endorsement process. A full list of CTLCV’s endorsements can be found on our website.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATES
Annie Hornish (D-07) is challenging Republican incumbent John Kissel to represent the 7th Senate District. She is passionate about preserving open space and passing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, which pose a significant threat to our waterways. Hornish previously served as a State Representative, where she established a bipartisan caucus to address animal welfare. She is committed to incentivizing investment in clean energy, especially solar, to grow jobs in her district and across Connecticut.
Julie Kushner (D-24) is challenging Republican incumbent Michael McLachlan for the 24th Senate District. McLachlan scored a failing 62% according to CTLCV’s 2018 Environmental Scorecard. In sharp contrast to McLachlan, Kushner has been a champion for sustainability initiatives with the Blue-Green Alliance. She has represented organized labor at climate change rallies and marches, expressing her sincere conviction that unions and regulations should not be at odds with the environment.
Toni Boucher (R-26) has been a champion for open space and land conservation, and spearheaded the preservation of the Troutbrook Reservoir and other natural resources. She supports responsible carbon pricing initiatives to ensure polluters pay for the damage they cause, and has proven herself to be a thoughtful leader who can work across the aisle to protect the environment.
Eleni Kavros DeGraw (D-17) is running for the open seat in the 17th House District. She is a strong supporter of clean energy, land conservation, wildlife protections, and water as a public trust. She knows investing in renewable energy will both help us fight climate change and create good jobs in a growing field.
Devin Carney (R-23) is the Republican co-chair of the bipartisan Clean Energy Caucus, where he is a staunch supporter of investing in renewable energy to create good jobs in Connecticut. He is respected on both sides of the aisle for his commitment to clean air and water, and supports the State Water Plan and water as a public trust.
Kerry Szeps Wood (D-29) is running for the open seat in the 29th House District. As a real estate agent, she knows how important protecting our farmland and open space is to improving home values and quality of life. She is a strong opponent to proposed pipelines for fracked natural gas, and an advocate for water as a public trust.
Rep. Joe Aresimowicz (D-30) is the current Speaker of the House. Throughout his time in leadership, he appointed environmental champions to key roles and prioritizes the environment in the bills brought for a vote.
Gregg Haddad (D-54) has been a strong champion for the environment throughout his four terms in the House. In his response to CTLCV’s Survey on the Environment, he indicated his support for 100% clean energy, ending our reliance on single-use plastic bags, and adopting the State Water Plan. He has also been a staunch opponent of proposed fracked natural gas pipelines.
Maria Horn (D-64) is challenging Republican incumbent Brian Ohler to represent the 64th House District. Horn is deeply concerned about the threat of toxics and harmful invasive species to lakes and rivers in the district. She served on the Real Estate Advisory Board for the Nature Conservancy, and is a stanch supporter of water as a public trust.
Alex Larsson (D-66) is challenging Republican incumbent David Wilson to represent the 66th House District. Larsson has been a strong supporter for the ban on harmful single-use plastic bags in his community in Litchfield, and is passionate about protecting open space. He knows that investing in clean energy will bring jobs to his district and Connecticut, and his passion for the environment stands in stark contrast to his opponent, Wilson, who scored an abysmal 48% in CTLCV’s 2018 Environmental Scorecard.
Josh Elliot (D-88) is a first-term legislator who quickly established himself as a leader in clean energy. He was quick to sign CTLCV’s Clean Energy for All pledge, which calls on lawmakers to move Connecticut to 100% clean energy by 2050 or sooner, and was a welcome ally at numerous climate change and renewable energy events.
Cristin McCarthy Vahey (D-133) has been a champion for clean energy and pollution reduction. She has led the effort to develop a responsible carbon pricing initiative in Connecticut and across the region, and has been a forceful advocate for solutions to end our reliance on harmful single-use plastic bags.
This information is paid for by the CTLCV Political Action Committee. This message was made independent of any candidate or political party. Contributions to the CTLCV PAC of $5,000 or more were made by CTLCV, Inc., LCV, Inc., and David Bingham. Additional information about the CTLCV PAC may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission's website (ct.gov/seec).