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Sierra Club Fall 2006 Political Committee Report
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by Regina Hendrix | 2007

Some successes, a few losses, and some new political goals for our Chapter in 2007

November 7 brought us good news on the national scene and at the state level.On the national scene we celebrated the re-election of Senator Byrd and Rep. Rahall.

SC endorsed five candidates for the State Senate, three of whom were reelected: Senator Randy White from the 11th District, Senator John Unger from the 16th District and Senator Brooks McCabe of the 17th District. Jim Lees from the 4th District and Fred Parker from the 11th District ran very close races and we’re hoping they will try again next time.

SC endorsed 29 candidates for House of Delegates with 22 wins and 7 losses. This was a gratifying result considering that Don Blankenship and his For the Sake of the Kids organization supported 40 candidates with only one win from the group. Several of our winner/endorsees were opposed by the Blankenship sycophants and endured outright lies, misrepresentation of their records and deceitful campaign tactics.

Sign onto http://www.wvsos.com/elections/Returns/ReturnsSearch.asp  to see the lists of candidates and vote totals for all the WV Districts in the House and Senate races. Stay tuned as we plan our lobbying campaign for the 78th Legislature starting mid-January this year. We will be contacting our legislators on behalf of Sierra Club’s two main WV campaigns:

• Increase Wilderness Designation. We will be working with the WV Wilderness Coalition to develop and promote a citizen’s proposal for new wilderness areas in the Monongahela National Forest.

• Stop Mountaintop Removal. We will be working with Friends of the Mountains which is a coalition of environmental groups dedicated to stopping the war on our mountains and streams.

• We will be supporting initiatives such as Sludge Safety legislation, Clean Elections and the Bottle Bill.

• We will support and participate in the five-year campaign plan for development of Alternative Energy. This is a cooperative effort spearheaded by the WV Environmental Council.

If you would like more information about any of these campaigns and initiatives, please contact me. We are looking for people who will be available to lobby with us during the 78th Legislature.

Political Chair, Regina Hendrix (304-343-5211 or regina1936@verizon.net)

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