The League of Conservation Voters congratulates Frank Kratovil on his successful campaign to represent Maryland's First Congressional District. Kratovil, endorsed by both LCV and the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, beat Andy Harris in the race to replace long-time environmental champion Wayne Gilchrest. Kratovil will be an important voice in the House of Representatives for clean energy and environmental protection.
"Wayne Gilchrest was a bold advocate for Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay and he will be missed in Washington," LCV President Gene Karpinski said. "Frank Kratovil will continue Representative Gilchrest’s tradition of leadership and LCV is proud of the role it played in bringing him to Congress."
In the Republican primary, LCV endorsed Gilchrest, and spent more than $165,000 on TV ads in defense of his seat. While Gilchrest ultimately lost to Harris, LCV's ads helped define Harris as an enemy of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay - key issues in November. In the general election, LCV made more than 10,000 voter contacts in support of Kratovil, who won by approximately 1,900 votes.
"The voters of the First Congressional District sent a message loud and clear that they didn't want to have to choose between a strong economy and a healthy environment," said Cindy Schwartz, Executive Director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. "They chose Frank Kratovil because he knows that you can have both."
LCV and MLCV also endorsed Donna Edwards in her primary campaign against Congressman Albert Wynn. LCV made more than 194,000 voter contacts in support of Edwards.