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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2010         CONTACT: Ben Jones (401)598-6639

Sierra Club RI Endorses Local Candidates and Ballot Question #4

Conservation Group Identifies Those Who Will Work to Protect Rhode Island’s Environment

Providence: The Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club today announced its slate of endorsements for local election races and its support for Question #4, the open space bond referendum to acquire Rocky Point Park and the Shooters property in Providence, as well as to restore sections of Fort Adams in Newport.

The endorsements are as follows:

For Governor: Lincoln Chafee

For State Senate:  Paiva-Weed (District 13), Sosnowski (37), Bates (32), DiPalma (12), Miller (28), Levesque (11), Perry (3), and Pichardo (2). 

For State House of Representatives: Tanzi (District 34), Ajello (3), Fox (4), Martin (75), Handy (18), Rice (72), Dickinson (35), Diaz (11), Gallison (69), Walsh (36), Blazejewski (2), Cimini (7), O’Grady (46), and Bennett (20).

“We are very pleased that there is a strong group of environmentally minded candidates up for election this year," said Abel Collins, Sierra Club’s program manager. “We are confident that these candidates will continue Rhode Island’s proud tradition of conservation and environmental protection, for our families and for our future.”

“Additionally, Rhode Island voters have an amazing opportunity to preserve some of our state’s beautiful coastline on election day,” said Collins discussing Ballot Question #4, “the Save Our Shore open space bond referendum gives us a unique chance to purchase and restore environmentally and historically important properties at affordable prices, and the public will be able to enjoy these parks recreationally in perpetuity.”

Along with the endorsements, The Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club will mobilize their members by going door-to-door, making phone calls, and sending emails to urge them to vote.

“We pledge to do all we can to help ensure they’re all elected,” concluded Ben Jones, a Sierra Club volunteer.  “Sierra Club volunteers will contact voters on their behalf and we will speak to the public as often as possible about this exciting chance to have a powerful group of pro-environment politicians. We look forward to a victory party for the environment on election night and the promise of the enactment of strong environmental policy in the years to come.”

The Sierra Club is a national grassroots environmental organization with 1.3 million members spread across 65 local chapters.  Our mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.  The Rhode Island Chapter has over 2,000 members. For more info on our local campaigns visit http://rhodeisland.sierraclub.org/

Rhode Island Sierra Club members can get involved in helping elect these pro-environment candidates by e-mailing elections@risierraclub.org or calling Political Team chair, Ben Jones, at 401-598-6639 


  

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