CONTACT: Mike Saccone, Communications Advisor, NWF Action Fund, SacconeM@nwf.org, 202-797-6634
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 6, 2019) — Across the country, voters rallied behind and elected champions for wildlife this week. From Kentucky to Virginia to Texas, voters elected every candidate the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund endorsed and supported a critical wildlife-funding ballot initiative the Action Fund backed in Texas.
“At a time when policymakers seem unable to agree on anything, voters on Tuesday decisively showed that they want champions for conservation and wildlife leading our states,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Candidates for public office from town council to President should see in these results that voters want officials who champion conservation and prioritize recovering wildlife populations, restoring our public lands, and protecting clean water and air, and acting on climate.”
The endorsees included:
- Kentucky Gov.-elect Andy Beshear (D)
- Virginia State Sen. Emmett Hanger (R)
- Virginia State Del. Wendy Gooditis (D)
- Virginia State Del. Mike Mullin (D)
- Virginia State Sen.-elect Ghazala Hashmi (D)
- Texas Prop 5, a constitutional amendment to direct sales tax revenues from sporting goods toward the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission.
The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund (501(c)4) works to raise the visibility of key conservation issues with voters and elected officials. Through grassroots action and focused legislative campaigns, the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund advocates for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes to ensure they have a voice in the democratic process.
To ensure a big tent for our shared conservation values, we remain fiercely bi-partisan and put conservation of our air, water, land and wildlife above political party. We believe in bi-partisan solutions, and welcome all who are stewards of the earth to join us. We advocate for natural resource protection, wildlife conservation and outdoor education to meet our top goals of protecting wildlife and wild places and connecting people with nature.
The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund is the sister organization to the National Wildlife Federation, (501(c)3) America’s largest wildlife conservation organization. The National Wildlife Federation has been on the front lines for wildlife since 1936, fighting for the conservation values that are woven into the fabric of our nation’s heritage.