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National and Washington State Environmental Groups Announce Early Endorsement of Jay Inslee for Governor

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

October 6, 2011  

Seattle, WA - Today, one day before hundreds of environmentalists gather in Seattle for Washington Conservation Voters’ Breakfast of Champions, national and state environmental leaders announced their early endorsement of Jay Inslee for governor.

Brendon Cechovic, Executive Director of Washington Conservation Voters, said of this announcement, “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are endorsing Jay Inslee this early. He literally wrote the book on building a clean energy economy and is exactly the kind of governor who can tackle the challenge of putting Washingtonians back to work while ensuring we protect the things that matter most.”

Inslee will also be receiving an historic endorsement from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) a national environmental group.  LCV has long stayed out of the fray of state politics, this is the first time the organization has endorsed a gubernatorial candidate in at least thirty years.

Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters, explained the reason for their early support of Inslee by saying, “The states have always been the laboratories of democracy and clean energy is no exception. We know that Congressman Inslee has seen firsthand how many politicians in Washington would rather block job-creating, clean energy legislation than work to build a thriving new energy economy. We’re endorsing Congressman Inslee for governor because we know that he’ll work to ensure Washington State is a clean energy leader and an example of what our national economy really needs.”

Inslee said of the announcement, “I am thrilled that the people on the front lines of the fight for clean air, land and water are coming together to support my race for governor. Washington State has always been at the cutting edge of new technologies, whether in aerospace or software. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get Washingtonians to work building a robust, innovative new energy economy. We don’t need to make a choice between creating jobs and protecting the environment, and I’m honored to have the support of people who will help me do both.”

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Paid for by Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund, 1402 3rd Avenue, Suite 1400, Seattle, WA 98101, and the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, 1920 L Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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