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Political endorsements
John Laird for Senate District 15
June 2010
John Laird

*Update: A run off election has been scheduled for August 17.

Sierra Club has endorsed John Laird for Senate District 15, which encompasses much of the Ventana Chapter including Watsonville, Monterey, Pajaro, Prunedale, Pacific Grove, Marina, Moss Landing, Scotts Valley, Felton, and Carmel Valley among other local communities.

The special election was June 22 and one candidate needed to receive 50% plus one vote to avoid a run off. When The Ventana went to press, the election had not occurred. If there is a run off scheduled for August 17*, we hope you will be sure to help Laird in any way you can and be sure to vote!

Laird is no stranger to Sierra Club members who applaud his 100% Sierra Club voting record during the six years he served in the State Assembly.

Laird was the original proponent of the parks access pass measure that voters will likely consider this November to finally provide adequate support for California’s State Parks.

Laird is a significant leader in coastal issues authoring legislative measures on the coastal trail, stormwater runoff, invasive aquatic species, cruise ship dumping, sea otter protection, oil spill response funding, and enhancing the marine protection process. He has worked to increase funding to the Coastal Commission and has promised to continue that fight.

The Ventana Chapter is particularly pleased that John Laird authored AB 2945 in 2008 which added 413 acres of new wilderness area to the State Park system at Limekiln State Park in Southern Big Sur.