LARGO, MD - By choosing Donna Edwards in the Democratic primary for Maryland's 4th Congressional District seat, voters here today overwhelmingly embraced a clean, renewable energy future and rejected corporate polluting interests and candidates that pander to Big Oil.
Edwards, an African-American woman and Democratic Party challenger in a densely populated suburban district, is committed to environmental values and has a willingness to lead on the most pressing issue of our generation: global warming. She received the strong support of the League of Conservation Voters and overcame long odds to claim victory in today's Maryland primary.
LCV committed more than $100,000 in resources to support Edwards's successful challenge to the incumbent Rep. Al Wynn. LCV's effort included sophisticated mail and automated phone programs that generated more than 190,000 household contacts. LCV also ran a targeted door-to-door effort, mobilizing more than 100 canvassers, canvassing over 35,000 households, and generating more than 9,000 person-to-person contacts.
"In Donna Edwards, the people of the 4th District, the state of Maryland and the country will have a champion who fights for clean energy and against global warming," said LCV president Gene Karpinski. "It sends a powerful message to Democrats that voters reject Members of Congress who support taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil and who cozy up to the polluters and their campaign cash."
"This victory is a great source of pride for LCV and its members," Karpinski said. "But more importantly, it demonstrates the power of the environment as an issue for Democrats, Independents and Republicans. We believe this win is a sign of things to come in the 2008 elections."