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PennEnvironment Announces Endorsements for Environmental Candidates

Environmental endorsements to inform voters for upcoming Election Day
For Immediate Release

[Philadelphia] – Today PennEnvironment announced its environmental endorsements for races around the state for the upcoming Election Day on Tuesday, November 4th.

“For the past four years, Gov. Corbett’s and his allies have pushed an anti-environmental agenda, working with the polluters to open a flood gate of policies that mean more air pollution, water pollution and put the places we love at risk,” said David Masur, PennEnvironment’s Executive Director. “We need leaders who can repair the damage to Pennsylvania’s waterways, parks and forests during Governor Corbett’s term and that’s exactly what these candidates will do.”

PennEnvironment’s Endorsements:

Governor:
• Tom Wolf

U.S. Congress:
• Manan Trivedi for the 6th District
• Brendan Boyle for the 13th District
• Tom Houghton for the 16th District
• Matt Cartwright for the 17th District

ALLEGHENY
State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Dan Frankel for the 23rd District
• Rep. Dan Miller for the 42nd District

BERKS
State House of Representatives:
• Frederick Sheeler for the 5th District
• Rep. Mark Rozzi for the 126th District

BUCKS
State Senate:
• Kimberly Rose for the 6th District
• Ruth Damsker for the 12th District (also in Montgomery)

State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Eugene DiGirolamo for the 18th District
• Rep. Steve Santarsiero for the 31st District
• Karen Chellew for the 145th District

CARBON
State House of Representatives:
• Patty Borger for the 122nd District

CENTRE
State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Scott Conklin for the 77th District

CHESTER
State Senate:
• John Kane for the 26th District (also in Delaware)

State House of Representatives:
• Sandra Snyder for the 156th District
• Marian Moskowitz for the 157th District (also in Montgomery)
• Susan Rzucidlo for the 158th District
• Whitney Hoffman for the 160th District (also in Delaware)
• Anne Crowley for the 167th District

DAUPHIN
State House of Representatives:
• Gene Stilp for the 104th District (also in Lebanon)

DELAWARE
State Senate:
• John Kane for the 26th District (also in Chester)

State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Margo Davidson for the 146th District
• Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland for the 159th District
• Whitney Hoffman for the 160th District (also in Chester)
• Leanne Krueger-Braneky for the 161st District
• Vince Rongione for the 163rd District
• Rep. Greg Vitali for the 166th District (also in Montgomery)
• Rep. Maria Donatucci for the 185th District (also in Philadelphia)

ERIE
State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Pat Harkins for the 1st District
• Curt Smith for the 4th District

FAYETTE
State Senate:
• Deb Kula for 32nd District (also in Somerset/Westmoreland)

LANCASTER
State House of Representatives:
• Ann Schott for the 13th District
• Rep. Mike Sturla for the 96th District

LEBANON
State House of Representatives:
• Gene Stilp for the 104th District (also in Dauphin)

LEHIGH
State House of Representatives:
• Peter Schweyer for the 22nd District
• Mike Beyer for the 131st District (also in Montgomery/Northampton)
• Rep. Mike Schlossberg for the 132nd District

LUZERNE
State House of Representatives:
• Eileen Cipriani for the 120th District

LYCOMING
State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Rick Mirabito for the 83rd District
• Kristen Hayes for the 84th District (also in Union)

MONTGOMERY
State Senate:
• Art Haywood for the 4th District (also in Philadelphia)
• Ruth Damsker for the 12th District (also in Bucks)

State House of Representatives:
• Dottie Miller for the 53rd District
• Rep. Matt Bradford for the 70th District
• Mike Beyer for the 131st District ( also in Lehigh/Northampton)
• Rep. Mark Painter for the 146th District
• Rep. Mary Jo Daley for the 147th District
• Rep. Tim Briggs for the 148th District
• David McKenzie for the 150th District
• Rep. Tom Murt for the 152nd District (also in Philadelphia)
• Rep. Madeleine Dean for the 153rd District
• Rep. Steve McCarter for the 154th District
• Marian Moskowitz for the 157th District (also in Chester)
• Rep. Greg Vitali for the 166th District (also in Delaware)
• Rep. Pam DeLissio for the 194th District (also in Philadelphia)

MONROE
State Senate:
• Mark Aurand for the 40th District (also in Northampton)

State House of Representatives:
• Maureen Madden for the 115th District
• Hope Smith for the 176th District
• Liz Forrest for the 189th District (also in Pike)

NORTHAMPTON
State Senate:
• Mark Aurand for the 40th District (also in Monroe)

State House of Representatives:
• Mike Beyer for the 131st District (also in Lehigh/Montgomery)
• Rep. Steve Samuelson for the 135th District
• Rep. Robert Freeman for the 136th District

PHILADELPHIA
State Senate:
• Art Haywood for the 4th District (also in Montgomery)

State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Tom Murt for the 152nd District (also in Montgomery)
• Rep. Brendan Boyle for the 170th District
• Mike Driscoll for the 173rd District
• Rep. Brian Sims for the 182nd District
• Rep. Maria Donatucci for the 185th District (also in Delaware)
• Rep. James Roebuck for the 188th District
• Rep. Pam DeLissio for the 194th District (also in Montgomery)
• Rep. Cherelle Parker for the 200th District
• Rep. Stephen Kinsey for the 201st District
• Rep. Mark Cohen for the 202nd District

PIKE
State House of Representatives:
• Liz Forrest for the 189th District (also in Monroe)

SOMERSET
State Senate:
• Deb Kula for 32nd District ( also in Fayette/Westmoreland)

UNION
State House of Representatives:
• Kristen Hayes for the 84th District (also in Lycoming)

WESTMORELAND
State Senate:
• Deb Kula for 32nd District ( also in Fayette/Somerset)

YORK
State House of Representatives:
• Rep. Kevin Schreiber for the 95th District

In the past two years alone, anti-environmental legislators worked with Gov. Tom Corbett to rollback protections for Pennsylvania's most pristine streams; attack the Clean Air Act; and vote to allow fracking under Pennsylvania's great state parks and forests.

Few issues in the state angered voters more than Gov. Corbett's close relationship with the gas drilling industry—and the anti-environmental policies that they worked to pass. This included passage of the omnibus fracking law known as "Act 13," which stripped Pennsylvania communities of tools to protect themselves from fracking, a medical gag rule against doctors, and weakening environmental protections for the state's rivers and streams. The law was deemed so egregious that the state Supreme Court, in a bi-partisan decision, repealed some of the most egregious parts of the law.

At the same time, the Corbett administration has been straddled with ongoing cases of drinking water contamination from fracking, and received a black-eye in the media when news stories uncovered far-reaching efforts within the Corbett administration to purposely avoid responding to complaints about health issues triggered by fracking.

This record led to PennEnvironment giving Gov. Corbett an “F” on a recent environmental report card that the organization distributed to over 150,000 Pennsylvanians.

“Pennsylvanians who are concerned about Marcellus Shale gas drilling need to remember which politicians in Harrisburg voted to give gas drilling companies a virtual free pass to put our air, water and health at risk—and which legislators stood up for every-day Pennsylvanians and our environment,” stated Masur.

PennEnvironment is informing its members and the general public about the candidates’ positions and views, and is urging voters to support their endorsed candidates on the November ballot.

Information about PennEnvironment’s endorsements for federal races can be found on the organization’s website at www.PennEnvironment.org/2014endorsements.

 

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