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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Gerry Connolly for Congress

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or October 2, 2008  

FAIRFAX, VA - The League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today announced the endorsement of Gerry Connolly for Congress in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. 
“Virginia’s children deserve a future with clean air, clean water and good jobs producing clean energy,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said.  “Gerry Connolly will help deliver that future.  His environmental agenda is thoughtful, comprehensive and will improve the quality of life in Northern Virginia.”
“I am honored by the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters and look forward to working with them to help make Northern Virginia a cleaner, safer place for us all,” Connolly said.
An environmental champion from the beginning, Connolly was the first candidate for Chairman in Fairfax County history to have a comprehensive environmental agenda. Once elected as Chairperson of the Fairfax County Council, Connolly received the region’s highest award for leadership from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for his work promoting telecommuting throughout the Washington area, helping reduce both traffic and pollution in the metropolitan area.  He also received an environmental achievement award from the Hunter Mill Defense League and has been recognized by Fairfax Trails and Streams for his role as “father” of the popular 40-mile-long Cross-Country Trail.
In addition to local issues, Connolly has lead the nation in combating global warming at the local level by creating the “Cool Counties” initiative, which was designed to help counties achieve 80% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. He plans to expand on this initiative when elected to office, creating free weatherization programs and establishing a cash reward for the first automaker to mass produce a 100mpg car.
“Forward-thinking is exactly what we need in the United States Congress,” Karpinski said. “Connolly’s bold proposals will move this country forward while improving the safety and the economy of Northern Virginia.”

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