On Aug. 13, the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) released a list of endorsed candidates for election to the Connecticut General Assembly in advance of the Nov. 4, 2014 elections.
On that list was Wilton’s Gail Lavielle (R-143), who is running for re-election. The 143rd district covers parts of Norwalk, Westport and Wilton.
According to a news release, CTLCV says they “endorse candidates for the state legislature every election cycle based on their positions and track record on the environment. Endorsed candidates must be committed to protecting Connecticut’s land, water, air, and wildlife, and to working for sustainable solutions to pressing state issues like transportation, energy, and waste management.”
Lavielle is one of a bipartisan slate of 15 candidates endorsed by CTLCV, who says the endorsed candidates all demonstrate strong and devout leadership on environmental issues.
CTLCV surveys candidates on their positions, records, and plans for protecting the environment. The League also interviews candidates as appropriate and reviews incumbents’ voting records in its Annual Environmental Scorecard. CTLCV will only consider endorsing candidates who have responded to the survey.
A press release from Lavielle’s campaign noted that, in addition, “for the third consecutive year, [CTLCV] had named Rep. Lavielle one of its 16 designated ‘Environmental Champions’ for the 2014 legislative session” on the Environmental Scorecard.
“Representative Lavielle has been a reliable champion of the environment since she first set foot in the Capitol,” said Lori Brown, executive director of the CTLCV. “She has a real commitment to our core values that we count on from members on both sides of the aisle, and represents the kind of legislator we support and want to see more of in Hartford.
Brown added, “The candidates we endorse are reliable in their environmental values, and pledge to prioritize environmental matters important to their constituents. We urge people in their districts to support them at the polls on November 4.”