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RALEIGH, N.C., March 1, 2023 — Today, the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) Conservation PAC announced its endorsement of Attorney General Josh Stein in his campaign for governor in 2024.
First as a legislator and for the past six years as our state’s Attorney General, Josh Stein has been a special champion for clean air and water, public health, and a clean energy economy for all North Carolinians.
“In the race for the next Governor of North Carolina, Attorney General Josh Stein is the candidate who has a long record of fighting for the people of our state to enjoy clean air and water, a clean energy future, and a healthy democracy. We know he will continue to work tirelessly to protect us, our quality of life and invest in a clean, renewable energy economy,” said Dan Crawford, NCLCV’s director of governmental relations.
As Attorney General, he represented the Department of Environmental Quality in their lawsuit against Chemours, which resulted in the company paying a record $12 million fine and removing pollutants from our air and water. Stein also opposed offshore drilling on North Carolina’s shores to protect not only our coastal ecosystems, but also jobs, tourism, and the economy. Additionally, he worked with the Department of Environmental Quality to prosecute the hazardous disposal of coal ash into our surface water and groundwater at Duke Energy’s coal ash facilities. Finally, he submitted an alternative carbon plan to the NC Utilities Commission and continues to advocate for increased use of clean, renewable energy and battery storage to meet North Carolina’s future energy and climate needs.
“In addition to his aggressive environmental leadership, Attorney General Stein has taken a strong stand for democracy and our right to fairly elect our representatives,” said Carrie Clark, NCLCV executive director. “He is a champion for the citizens of our state and an unyielding opponent of special interests. As governor, we know he will lead North Carolina to a better future.”
Attorney General Stein represented North Carolina at the Supreme Court of the United States last year in Moore v. Harper. This case is an appeal of Harper v. Hall, a landmark state court case in which the North Carolina Supreme Court determined that the congressional map enacted by Republicans in the state legislature was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. As a result of that ruling, a state court ultimately adopted a fair congressional map. NCLCV was a plaintiff in Harper v. Hall and supported the decision of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
As a state senator, Stein was recognized with NCLCV’s Green Tie Award as a Rising Star in 2010 and Senator of Year in 2016. In 2016, NCLCV was instrumental in electing Stein attorney general, and reelecting him in 2020.
Conservation PAC makes endorsement decisions based on the environmental voting and leadership record of incumbent legislators and governors, issue questionnaires sent to candidates, and other background information.
The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) is a pragmatic, results-oriented, nonpartisan advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the health and quality of life for all North Carolinians. We elect environmental champions, advocate for environmental policies that protect our communities, and hold elected leaders accountable for their decisions. We have worked for over 50 years to create the political environment that will protect our natural environment.
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Conservation PAC staff and volunteer committee members carefully evaluate candidates for state office. Our evaluation criteria includes a candidate’s responses to our written questionnaire, interviews, their environmental voting record, demonstrated leadership on environmental issues, and their commitment to improving environmental protections in North Carolina.
Our nonpartisan strategy focuses on re-electing leaders who have a clear record of support, finding new champions in open seats, and replacing anti-environmental incumbents with conservation champions. Our endorsements and resources are targeted on races where our efforts can have the greatest impact on electoral or policy outcomes.
Because NCLCV advocates for sound environmental policies at the state legislature, we do not make endorsements in local or federal races. We work closely with our colleagues at the national League of Conservation Voters to help inform their endorsements of North Carolina’s congressional candidates.
We encourage you to ask all your candidates — whether local, federal, or those candidates not endorsed by Conservation PAC — where they stand on environmental issues.