Washington, DC—The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund announced today their endorsement of Jimmy Panetta for Congress (CA-20). Panetta has been a strong advocate for the Monterey Bay as a member of the Advisory Council for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
“Voters on the Central Coast have a long history of supporting strong environmental advocates, and we’re thrilled to support Jimmy Panetta as he seeks to continue this legacy in Congress,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “Like Congressman Farr, Central Coast voters can trust Panetta to always work to combat climate change, reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels, and grow our clean energy economy.”
“Jimmy Panetta recognizes that protecting the future of the Central Coast starts with addressing climate change and promoting a clean energy economy that creates jobs for generations to come,” said California League of Conservation Voters CEO Sarah Rose. “We can count on him to always safeguard our coastlines and special places like Monterey Bay and Pinnacles National Park for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.”
“The League of Conservation Voters have been a leader on clean air and water, protecting wildlife, renewable energy, and global warming,” said Panetta. “I am honored to receive the endorsement of LCV Action Fund and protecting the environment will always be one of my top priorities. I am committed to continuing the tradition of strong leadership on environmental protection and preservation that supports our local economy – tourism, agriculture and our marine research institutions.”
Panetta was commissioned as an intelligence officer with the United States Navy Reserve and served in active duty with a Special Operations task force deployed to Afghanistan. He began his legal career as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in Oakland, and he currently serves as a Deputy District Attorney in Monterey County, where he works to prosecute violent gang members. As a prosecutor, he also worked to protect the Monterey Bay through his efforts to prosecute environmental crimes, such as illegal abalone fishing. He is active in his community, serving on the board of the Veterans Transition Center, the Community Foundation for Monterey County, and the National Steinbeck Center. He also chairs the Monterey Peninsula College Citizens Bond Oversight Committee and is a Trustee on the Foundation for the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Panetta is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions for federal office.
About LCV Action Fund
The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (LCVAF), the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress. Since the 1994 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 69 U.S. Senators and 306 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 2013-2014 election cycle, LCVAF endorsed over 70 candidates and raised and donated almost $6 million dollars via GiveGreen. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.
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