Election Update, Candidates We Support
I hope that Sierra Club members, supporters and friends know by now that Sierra Club Delta Chapter in Louisiana has officially endorsed Foster Campbell for US Senate. This official endorsement has the blessing of Sierra Club’s national political campaign and it means that the proposed endorsement has been through a months long process of questionnaires to candidates and evaluation for approval.
We believe Foster Campbell because of his experience as State Representative, State Senator and Public Service Commissioner is absolutely the best qualified candidate. He has stood up for regular people and has fought for clean energy and fair taxation of industry in his time in government. But Foster needs our help. The campaign critically needs people now to be making phone calls or walking the street for him. If you have a few hours you could give for the effort the campaign can set you up in your own home to make calls to a list that shows up on your computer. Or you could go to a campaign office and make calls for him. When Sierra Club gives an endorsement we are also saying that we will actively help. This is to ask you to please contact the Foster Campbell campaign and sign up to help. You can call them at 225-636-2828 or send an email with your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A very important race is shaping up for the Louisiana Supreme Court in the district representing Lafayette, Acadia, Vermilion, St. Landry, Avoyelles, Jefferson Davis, Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes. Our choice is Jimmy Genovese. His opponent is Mary Castle who is getting big money and support from big industry including oil and gas, chemicals and the Koch Bros funded AFP. We can expect to see millions of "dark" dollars pumped into this race from little known, out of state entities in the two or so weeks leading up to the race. In recent years we have seen this strategy implemented to great effect by corporate interests, the most prominent example being the millions of dollars injected into a West Virginia supreme court race with the goal of reversing one previous court decision. There is a great deal at stake on this one. We need to do everything we can to support Jimmy Genovese for State Supreme Court. For more info you can go to http://www.judgegenovese.com/ OR his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JudgeGenovese/
Delta Chapter is also supporting the campaign of Mary Werner for Louisiana Public Service Commission District 4. This is the seat formerly occupied by Clyde Holloway and the seat represents the southwest portion of the state. Mary has responded positively to our questions about clean energy though she has not had a chance to build a track record. But she is clearly better than the alternative on our issues and we are confident that supporting her for the Public Service Commission seat is the right thing to do. You can see her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marywerner4psc/
Sierra Club is a 501 c4 organization which enables us to work for candidates who support clean air and water, clean energy and a healthy environment. Please help the candidates in any way that you can.
Haywood “Woody” Martin, Chair
Sierra Club Delta Chapter