Group announces first-ever endorsements for MD General Assembly and statewide offices – naming first round of candidates today.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) Action Fund announced its first round of endorsements for the 2022 Maryland primary elections. In total, CCAN Action Fund endorsed 13 candidates, including Attorney General candidate Katie O’Malley and Comptroller candidate Brooke Lierman. In CCAN Action Fund’s seven-year history, this is the first time the organization has endorsed candidates in Maryland, demonstrating the urgency of electing decision-makers who will act urgently on climate in a state overwhelmingly vulnerable to global warming.
CCAN Action Fund has endorsed candidates for their demonstrated commitment to supporting climate justice legislation. This includes the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 and the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022. Almost all of the endorsed candidates have also signed the Maryland Climate Justice Resolution, pledging to support legislation that reaches 100% clean electricity by 2035 without incentives for trash incineration. The resolution also calls for investments in underserved communities, increased access to clean transportation and transportation alternatives, and strong labor provisions for clean-energy projects.
Here is the first round of “Climate Champions” endorsed by the CCAN Action Fund:
- Brooke Lierman – Comptroller
- Katie O’Malley – Attorney General
MD State Senate:
- Pamela Beidle D-32
- Ben Brooks D-10
- Brian Feldman D-15
- Cheryl Kagan D-17
- Paul Pinsky D-22
MD House of Delegates:
- Marlon Amprey D-40
- Kumar Barve D-17
- Lorig Charkoudian D-20
- Marvin Holmes D-23B
- Dana Stein D-11
- Vaughn Stewart D-19
“CCAN Action Fund is taking this unprecedented step – endorsing candidates for the upcoming Maryland primary election – because we’re running out of time to pass the bold and transformative climate legislation we need to avert a global climate crisis. We need strong leaders who will take action as soon as possible. As voters, the collective power is in our hands. Together, we can elect true climate champions who will stand up for our future.” — Mike Tidwell, Executive Director, CCAN Action Fund
“The science is clear: Every second counts when it comes to climate action. We’re already seeing the impacts of the climate crisis in our own state. That’s why it is more important than ever that we mobilize for this year’s elections in Maryland — we simply don’t have four years to delay. Without statewide leaders and a General Assembly who will lead on climate, we cannot meet the urgency of this crisis.” — Anthony Field, MD Campaign Coordinator, CCAN Action Fund
In addition to the 13 candidates announced today, CCAN Action Fund will be announcing the second round of endorsed climate candidates later this month.
For more information about CCAN Action Fund’s endorsements for the upcoming Maryland elections, visit https://ccanactionfund.org/climate-champions/.
Anthony Field, CCAN Action Fund: firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-664-4068
KC Chartrand, CCAN Action Fund. email@example.com, 240-620-7144
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The CCAN Action Fund is the advocacy arm of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the oldest and largest grassroots organization dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in the Chesapeake Bay region. For almost 20 years, CCAN has been at the center of the fight for clean energy and wise climate policy in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
This message has been authorized and paid for by CCAN Action Fund, PO Box 11138, Takoma Park, MD 20913, Albert Nunez, Treasurer. This message has not been authorized or approved by any candidate.