Given the fact that I’m managing Mary Lehman’s campaign for Prince George’s County Council, District 1, it was great to see the Maryland Sierra Club endorse Mary for the seat. Although I’m on the Prince George’s Sierra Club’s political committee, I abstained from all of the club’s conversations and interviews regarding this race. Our campaign is putting out a press release to local reporters about the good news. I’ve posted it below, and it will be up on her website shortly.
Maryland Sierra Club Endorses Mary Lehman for County Council
Lehman “honored” to be endorsed by one of the state’s leading environmental organizations
August 3, 2010
Contact: Matt Dernoga, Campaign Manager: 240-593-1268
College Park, Md- One of the state’s most influential and effective environmental organizations, the Maryland Sierra Club, has endorsed Mary Lehman for Prince George’s County Council in District 1.
Lehman is one of five candidates running for the seat being vacated by Councilman Tom Dernoga due to term limits.
“In Mary, we will have a friend on the council willing to listen, understand and act” said Suchitra Balachandran, a member of the Sierra Club’s Prince George’s County Political Committee that interviewed Mary. “I have seen her efficiency and approachability on environmental issues as Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk’s (D-21) aide in Annapolis” she added. Balachandran also cited Mary’s 20 years in civic activism, including the consistent and principled stand of the civic organization she presided over against the $4 billion ICC highway, as justification for the endorsement.
Fred Tutman, a local watershed activist, said “Mary has been proactive in her support for watershed, environmental and quality of life issues. I think highly of Mary’s honesty, command of the issues, and her good faith toward civic and environmental causes. I think she would be terrific on the County Council”
“I am honored to receive this endorsement,” said Lehman, “If elected, I will work hard to focus development around Metro stations, pass green building standards into law, protect our waterways, and green our existing school buildings through renovation. By working with environmentalists around Prince George’s County, we can accomplish great things.”
Mary has already been endorsed by the outgoing Dernoga, who championed environmental issues during his nine years on the council. She worked for Dernoga for four years.
There are over 1,000 Sierra Club members in Prince George’s County, and 15,000 in Maryland.
For more about Mary Lehman see http://www.lehmanforcouncil.com/