Conservation PAC announces 2018 legislative endorsements

Posted at 9:36 PM on Jul 11, 2018


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RALEIGH -- The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) Conservation PAC has announced its initial state endorsements for this fall's legislative elections.

Facing potential losses in its anti-environment majority, the desperate General Assembly has ramped up its protection of polluters’ profits over people’s rights to clean air and water. The farm bill shielded Smithfield Foods from legal accountability for infringing on the property rights of their farms’ neighbors. The budget failed to give the Department of Environmental Quality the resources it needs to detect and regulate GenX and other contaminants in millions of North Carolinians’ drinking water. It also punted yet again on the Jordan and Falls Lake rules implementation, letting developers continue to dump waste downstream.

In light of this legislative assault on North Carolinians’ basic rights, NCLCV is working to establish a Green Caucus—a group of environmental champions who will work to promote clean air, clean water, and clean energy for all North Carolinians.

Last cycle, NCLCV was instrumental in getting Roy Cooper elected governor, defending the Attorney General’s office, and flipping four House seats held by anti-environmental legislators. The 2018 cycle presents a huge opportunity for NCLCV to make further gains.

“Gov. Cooper has already done tremendous work reversing the McCrory administration’s damage, and acting as a bulwark against the worst environmental legislation coming out of the General Assembly,” said Dan Crawford, NCLCV director of governmental relations. “Our mission this year is to bring him the back-up he needs to uphold his vetoes, and to make headway toward turning the Green Caucus into a majority caucus, so that we can move a positive, pro-environmental agenda forward.”

Locally, Conservation PAC has endorsed the following champions who, once elected, will make strong environmental advocates:

Endorsed Candidate   District        Counties        Opponent
Allen Edwards House-84 Iredell Rep. Rena Turner
Greg Cranford House-89 Catawba Rep. Mitchell Setzer
Beniah McMiller Senate-34 Iredell, Yadkin Vickie Sawyer


“We strongly support the election of these challengers, so they can join our re-elected environmental champions in growing our Green Caucus and protecting the people of North Carolina,” said Crawford.

Conservation PAC makes endorsement decisions based on the environmental voting and leadership record of incumbent legislators, issue questionnaires sent to candidates, and other background information. NCLCV releases an annual Legislative Scorecard revealing how elected officials vote on key environmental issues. The 2018 Scorecard will be available in September. Previous scorecards are available at

About The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters

NCLCV is a pragmatic, results-oriented, nonpartisan advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the health and quality of life for all North Carolinians. We elect environmental champions, advocate for environmental policies that protect our communities, and hold elected leaders accountable for their decisions. We have worked for 50 years to create the political environment that will protect our natural environment.

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