GREEN WIN State Senator Josh Stein has a history of pro-climate advocacy in North Carolina, both during his time in the state legislature and as a Deputy Attorney General. He is running for Attorney General to help protect the open seat that climate champion Roy Cooper is vacating to run for Governor. When elected to the state Senate the first bill that Stein introduced was an extension and expansion of the renewable energy tax credit, and he sponsored "The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Act." Recognized by organizations such as the Sierra Club, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters and the NC Sustainable Energy Association for his dedication to pushing a pro-climate agenda, Stein will continue to be a great advocate for the state in the role of Attorney General.
GREEN WIN Mike Morgan is running for the North Carolina Supreme Court Seat against incumbent Associate Justice Robert Edmunds, who has been on the court since 2001. This is a critical race that will determine partisan control of the court, currently made up of four conservative justices and three progressives. This race will also be critical in influencing redistricting as progressive control of the court could help support a state-based legal challenge to gerrymandered legislative districts in the state. Morgan has been endorsed by the NC chapter of the Sierra Club, whereas Edmunds sided with the majority ruling that delayed the Duke coal ash spill cleanup.
GREEN LOSS Terence Everitt is an attorney and member of the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors who is running for House District 35. Everitt also serves as an advisor to the Wake County Transit Advisory committee. His opponent, incumbent Representative Chris Malone, has a low lifetime score of 13% from North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. In 2014 Representative Malone won this seat by less than one percentage point, so progressives see this as a key pickup opportunity in the fight to build a pro-climate majority in the state legislature.
GREEN LOSS Rhonda Cole Schandevel is running for House District where she has made environmental and conservation issues a key part of her campaign platform. Her opponent, incumbent Republican Representative Michele D. Presnell, has earned a zero percent score on the NC League of Conservation Voters. This is expected to be a key race this cycle and is a chance to elect a climate champion.
GREEN WIN Washington Governor Jay Inslee is a recognized national leader on protecting the environment. During Jay Inslee’s run for Governor in 2012 he made clean-energy jobs an economic cornerstone of his platform, and at his inaugural ceremony was recognized as the first chief executive in the nation to be elected on a climate change platform. In 2015, Governor Inslee announced bold action to address climate change by directing his administration to use its full authority under the Clean Air Act to enforce existing limits on carbon pollution. Governor Inslee also attended the Paris Climate conference last year to meet with international leaders, and re-electing him will ensure that we have an outspoken pro climate champion bringing environmental protection and climate action to the forefront of legislative discussions at all levels of government. Endorsed by Washington Conservation Voters.
GREEN LOSS Lindsey Port is running to represent district 56B in the Minnesota House of Representatives, challenging incumbent Representative Roz Peterson. Port has also focused on supporting healthy communities—including every family’s right to clean air and water—a central part of her campaign platform. Representative Peterson, has a low 28% score from Clean Water Action Minnesota. Representative Peterson won this seat for the first time as part of the 2014 Republican wave that took control of the State House, and progressive groups are targeting this race as a key pickup opportunity to win back control for Democrats.
GREEN WIN This is considered the top pickup opportunity for Senate Democrats, who only need one seat to regain control of the chamber. Nicole is the Clark County Deputy DA and has been endorsed by the NV Senate Caucus. Additionally, there is a primary on the Republican side which could help split support and give an edge to Democrats – which is important as in 2012 the win margin was less than two points. LCV has targeted this race as important for pickup this cycle, and Emily’s List recently endorsed Nicole. Endorsed by Nevada Conservation League.
GREEN WIN Josh Shapiro is running for the open Attorney General seat in Pennsylvania, a must-win race to protect a Democratic seat. As Attorney General, Shapiro will seek criminal penalties for polluters who damage the state’s air or water. He will hold fracking companies accountable and defend our constitutional right to a healthy environment. Shapiro's ambitious plan to protect Pennsylvania’s environment has earned him the endorsements of Clean Water Action, PennEnvironment and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania.
GREEN WIN Rachel Zenzinger was appointed to fill a vacancy and served one year in the Colorado State Senate, serving District 19 from 2013-2014. During her tenure, she earned a 100% score from Conservation Colorado after consistently casting pro-environment votes, including supporting bills that would increase energy efficiency in schools and protect Colorado’s water supply. This year, she faces incumbent Republican Laura Woods—who has a 0% score on environmental issues from Conservation Colorado—in a key swing seat where registration is evenly split between Democrats, Republicans and Unaffiliated voters. Considered one of the most competitive seats up this year, winning this race will help flip control of the Colorado Senate to a pro-environment Democratic majority. Endorsed by Conservation Colorado.
GREEN WIN Barbara McLachlan is running for State Representative to represent Colorado’s 59th State House district, one of the most competitive in the state. McLachlan is a former columnist in the Durango Herald, and created an environmental column during her tenure there. Her opponent is incumbent Republican Representative J. Paul Brown who denies climate change and has a low 35% lifetime rating from Conservation Colorado. In 2014, McLachlan’s husband—former State Representative Mike McLachlan—lost this key swing seat seat by only 200 votes to Representative Brown. Endorsed by Conservation Colorado.
GREEN LOSS Bob Buesing is running for the newly-drawn Senate District 18 against Republican Representative Dana Young. Recent polling had the two candidates tied, and this is expected to be a battleground district. Protecting the environment and preventing fracking are two major issues of importance to Buesing: he has criticized the state legislature for failing to address critical environmental issues in the state, and is deeply committed to prioritizing legislative action to address climate change and protect water quality for future generations.
GREEN WIN Representative Brian Turner was first elected to represent Buncombe County in the North Carolina House in 2014 after a tight race. Representative Turner earned a perfect score from the North Carolina League of Conservation voters his first year in office, and received a Green Tie Award that year as well. Rep. Turner is seen as a rising star in the NC climate movement: he voted to support the state’s growth in the clean and renewable energy sector and voted against the dangerous “Polluter Protection Act,” a bill that eliminated air quality monitors and currently allows companies to “self-report” environmental damage with little to no consequences.
GREEN WIN Chris Brooks is running for Assembly District 10 against incumbent Representative Shelly Shelton, who has a low lifetime score of 20 percent from Nevada Conservation League. When Chris Brooks was employed by IBEW local 357 as an electrician, he recognized the opportunities for renewable energy. In 2001, Brooks opened one of the first solar companies in the state called Las Vegas Solar Electric and has been credited for successfully bringing the industry to the state, and employing thousands of Nevadans in renewable energy jobs. Brooks later became Director of Bombard Renewable Energy in Las Vegas, and then took on the position of Executive Vice Presidentof Energy Services for the Valley Electric Association. He also served as a board member for the Nevada Conservation League, and the Nevada Preservation Foundation. Endorsed by Nevada Conservation League.
GREEN LOSS Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is running for the newly-drawn Senate District 39 against current state Senator Anitere Flores. Mucarsel-Powell has worked over the years to help improve Florida communities, including fundraising for local non-profits. She has been involved with restoring Florida’s coral reefs and working to support conservation and preservation efforts in the state and supports taking action on climate change. Although Republicans have a slight registration edge over Democrats, President Obama won the district by 5 points in 2012, so this will be a critical battleground seat.
GREEN WIN Elizabeth Thomson is running to represent Albuquerque in the House, after previously serving this district from 2013 to 2014. In her campaigns, Thompson focused on protecting the environment and earned a 94% rating from Conservation New Mexico. Thompson is running to represent HD 24 after losing the seat by fewer than 400 votes in the Republican wave of 2014. Current incumbent Representative Conrad James, is retiring this year, making this seat one of the top competitive pickup opportunities for New Mexico’s Democrats as they try and regain control of the House. Endorsed by Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund.
GREEN WIN Erin Maye Quade is a community organizer who has identified environmental protection as one of the top issues in her campaign platform. Quade has committed to advocating for policies that advance the sustainable energy economy, and proactive environmental policy in her campaign platform. Quade is running in District 57A, an open seat currently represented by retiring GOP incumbent Tara Mack. Currently, Republicans are in the midst of a primary to choose the nominee for District 57A. While this district generally leans Republican, President Obama won it by 3 points in 2012 and Democrats are counting on this seat as a key pickup opportunity in the 2016 cycle.
GREEN WIN ]Jason Frierson served as Representative for Nevada Assembly District 8 from 2010 to 2014, serving as the Assistant Majority Floor leader during the 2013 session. Frierson lost by only 40 votes to current Incumbent Assemblyman John Moore during the 2014 wave when Republicans took control of both chambers in Nevada. Frierson received a lifetime score of 86% from Conservation Nevada during his tenure, and both progressive and conservation groups consider this one of the key races to helping flip the Assembly back to a pro-conservation majority. Assemblyman Moore, a Libertarian, will face off against both Frierson and a Republican opponent. This district trends strongly Democratic during Presidential years, and the three-way race gives Frierson another advantage in the race this year. Endorsed by Nevada Conservation League.
GREEN WIN Jeff Bridges is running for Colorado House District 3, the seat that current Rep. Daniel Kagan is vacating to run for state Senate. This is a critical seat for Democrats to maintain to keep their pro-conservation control of the House. Bridges is running against Republican Katy Brown in one of the top-targeted races in state this cycle. Bridges was previously on the board of Conservation Colorado, states supporting renewable energy jobs and climate action on his website, and if elected will be a strong pro-climate voice in the legislature.
GREEN WIN State Representative Jeff Steinborn is running for State Senate in 2016 after serving in the New Mexico House of Representatives for seven years. For more than a decade, Representative Steinborn worked with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance where he helped establish the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National monument. During his tenure in the legislature, Representative Steinborn earned a near perfect score from Conservation New Mexico while his opponent, incumbent Republican Senator Lee Cotter, has a 0% lifetime score and was just named to the LCV's Dirty Dozen in the States . This race is a crucial opportunity to strengthen the pro-environment majority in the State Senate. Endorsed by Conservation Voters New Mexico Action Fund.
GREEN LOSS Jenise May was first elected to the Colorado State House in 2012 and served through 2014, earning a perfect score from Conservation Colorado for her pro-environment voting record. Jenise has been a strong advocate for job creation in the state, including through growing the clean energy economy. May’s opponent, Republican State Representative Kevin Priola has a low lifetime rating of 32% from Conservation Colorado. By electing Jenise May to be a strong, pro-environment Senator to represent SD-25, Adams County will have a clean energy champion who is willing to stand up to the oil and gas industry. Endorsed by Conservation Colorado.
GREEN WIN Representative Joe Salazar is once again running in Colorado’s 31st House District, after a narrow victory in 2014. Representative Salazar is a climate champion with a proven record of standing up to the oil and gas industry, which earned him a perfect score from Conservation Colorado during his tenure in the State House. Representative Salazar represents Adams County, where oil and gas development has increased in recent years, which is why he introduced HB 1310 to hold oil and gas operators liable for damage caused from fracking. While HD-31 often leans Democratic in presidential election years, Colorado’s Republicans are likely to target this area as one of the top pickup opportunities in the state. Endorsed by Conservation Colorado.
GREEN WIN Representative John Ager, Jr. was first elected in 2014 in a tight race that he won by less than two points. This year, facing a tough Republican opponent, Rep. Ager is set to fight one of the closest races in North Carolina this year. Rep. Ager has been actively supporting climate and conservation issues since before his election to the legislature, and as a State Representative he continued this record of achievement. He helped preserve 4,000 acres of farmland in Western North Carolina and helped establish Chimney Rock Park and Drovers Road Scenic By-Way. As a legislator and a farmer he has opposed fracking and is committed to protecting North Carolina’s air and water, earning him a Green Tie award from NCLCV.
GREEN WIN Jose Javier Rodriguez is a current Florida state Representative running for the newly-formed Senate District 37. He is a vigilant voice in Tallahassee for Florida's land and water, fighting for voter-approved Amendment 1 funds to be properly implemented and against opening the state to fracking. He was one of of only two "no" votes on a short-sighted water bill that fails to hold polluters accountable. His opponent, current Senator Diaz de la Portilla, is a lobbyist for Florida Power & Light, which recently came under investigation because of its leaking nuclear power plant cooling canals that are threatening to contaminate Miami-Dade’s water supply and Biscayne Bay.
GREEN WIN Senate District 5 is the top incumbent protect priority in Nevada this cycle, and LCV has targeted this as one of their key races in the state. Senator Woodhouse has made environment one of her priorities in the past and had a 93% lifetime rating from LCV. She has pushed to promote clean energy by creating incentives and was one of the sponsors of the “Green Jobs Initiative” that directed the state of Nevada to invest Stimulus money toward clean energy economy jobs and projects. Her district has a slight edge in Democratic voter registration, but in 2012 the margin was less than 4 points. Senator Woodhouse was recently endorsed by Emily’s List. Endorsed by Nevada Conservation League.
GREEN WIN Justin is a native Nevadan, born in Las Vegas, and raised in the horse properties near Floyd Lamb State Park (then known as Tule Springs). It is here that Justin benefited most from our open public lands learning to hunt, fish, and camp and wants his Children to have the same opportunities to appreciate the outdoors as he did. Justin believes that states should lead by example when it comes to creating a pathway to energy independence and a clean energy future and as a legislator will work to ensure that Nevada is leader in growing the clean energy economy. Justin enjoys spending time with his wife Marni and their two daughters, Adyson and Sydney. The family loves to travel and spend as much time as possible outdoors. Endorsed by Nevada Conservation League.
GREEN WIN Representative Melissa Hortman is a climate champion who has has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 2004, where she has served in many leadership roles. Representative Hortman has a long record of standing up for climate action. In 2015, Representative Hortman introduced a bill to call out climate change deniers, proposed a climate action tax credit, and attended the Paris climate talks in December. In 2013 she was the author of an innovative clean energy and jobs bill that sought to bring solar jobs to Minnesota. Representative Hortman is running for re-election in District 36B which covers portions of the Twin Cities suburbs. In 2014, Representative Hortman won by a narrow 51-49 margin and this seat is set to be competitive in 2016 as well.
GREEN LOSS In 2016 Democrats need to protect their current conservation majority in the state Senate, and Conservation Voters New Mexico has identified Michael Sanchez as one of the top targets to protect this cycle. In addition to being a consistently vocal leader on conservation issues, Senator Sanchez is the current Majority Floor Leader. If it's important to support pro-climate incumbents, it's doubly important to support them when they achieve leadership positions. This race presents a key opportunity to support climate champions in legislative leadership and help push a pro-climate legislative agenda. Senator Sanchez has a 94% lifetime score from Conservation Voters New Mexico.
GREEN WIN Nathan Small is a former City Council member in Las Cruces. Currently he works as a Wilderness Protection Organizer for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, and will continue to work on conservation efforts if elected to the State House. Small is running against Republican incumbent Andy Nuñez, who has voted to reduce renewable portfolio standards in New Mexico and has a low lifetime rating of 27% from Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM). Democrats need to win three seats to regain control of the New Mexico House of Representatives, and Small’s race is one of the key pickup opportunities for CVNM.
GREEN LOSS Rod Smith previously served as a member of the Florida state Senate from 2000-2006 and is running for the newly drawn Senate District 8, a key swing seat that Obama won by 1 percentage point in 2012. During his time in the Senate, Smith chaired the Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee and has been an outspoken advocate on environmental issues including: supporting a ban on fracking, prioritizing renewable energy and planning for the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, and other unmet conservation needs. Prior to serving in the state senate, Smith was a State Attorney in North Central Florida and helped create one of the first environmental crime task force units in the state. Endorsed by Florida Conservation Voters.
GREEN WIN Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard is a climate champion in the State House who is facing a very competitive race for reelection in November—this seat is the top priority for the New Mexico House Democrats. In its most recent report, Representative Garcia Richard earned a perfect score from Conservation New Mexico. This year, Representative Garcia Richard faces a competitive race against County Clerk Sharon Grover who has strong fundraising abilities and high name recognition. It will be crucial for Democrats to hold this seat in November.
GREEN WIN Senator William Soules has been a true climate champion in the state legislature, where he introduced bills to ban fracking, and protect public lands and has earned a 95% lifetime score from Conservation New Mexico and has. Senator Soules is in a competitive race against Cecelia Levatino, a Las Cruces City Councilmember who has strong name recognition across the district. Protecting Senator Soules will be a crucial effort for pro-environment advocates this year.
GREEN LOSS Zachary Dorholt served the St. Cloud area in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2012-2014. During his time in the House, Dorholt co-sponsored a bill to incentivize the growth of Minnesota’s clean energy economy and continues to make clean energy and the environment a priority as he goes back on the campaign trail. In the Republican wave of 2014, Dorholt lost to Republican Jim Knoblach by only 69 votes. Now, Dorholt is running to represent this seat once again in an area progressive groups have targeted as a key pickup opportunity.