TRENTON – The NJ League of Conservation Voters (NJ LCV), the political voice for the environment in New Jersey, endorsed Atlantic Highlands Council candidates Brian Dougherty and Lesley D’Almeida in November’s general election, two of only five endorsements by the environmental support group in Monmouth County. In addition to Dougherty and D’Almeida, the League endorsed Michael Beson for Monmouth County Board of Commissioners and Democrat candidates for Red Bank Council, Jacqueline Sturdivant and Kate Triggiano.
“I am honored and humbled to accept the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters,” Dougherty said, “as the father of three young children, I believe there is no issue before us more urgent than climate change. It is up to all of us, and especially our elected officials, to do all we can and move as quickly as we can to build a greener and more resilient future. D’Almeida added, “It is with much gratitude that I accept the endorsement from the NJ LSV. Climate change is the most significant threat we are facing as a community. We must act boldly and decisively to protect our environment, including water, air and open space. I am honored to have the support of an organization that is committed to protecting the environment for us all.”
Dougherty and D’Almeida, both of whom are seeking election to the governing body for the first time, are vying against Republicans Ellen O’Dwyer and incumbent Councilman James Murphy, and independent candidates Morgan Spicer and her husband Zack Brown, for the two three year terms currently held by Murphy and Roy Dellosso, who is not seeking another term.
Beson, who is competing for the Commissioners seat currently held by Deputy Director of the Commission Susan Kiley, said as an elected official, he would be “a constant advocate for pro-environmental policies.”
This is only the second year the League has endorsed municipal candidates for office, and doubled to 55 the number they are supporting in the November election. These include Democrats, Republicans and Green Party candidates.
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“Local elected leaders play a critical role in protecting our families and our environment by pursuing policies that can reduce flooding and improve water quality, increase green energy usage and ensure more sustainable construction practices, said NJ LSCV Chairman Julia Somers. “In the coming months, we will work hard to get these environmental champions elected to help position towns and counties in New Jersey as environmental leaders.”
Only two Republican candidates for municipal office, one each in Raritan and Reddington townships, and one candidate for county commissioner in Warren County, received the League’s endorsement.