Letter to the Editor: Sierra Club Endorsements Are Based on Candidates' Records

The Mount Vernon Chapter of The Sierra Club explains its choices for Alexandria City Council.

Dear Editor:

In her editor, Kathleen Burns criticizes the for Alexandria City Council in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Ms. Burns’s objections center on the positions of the endorsed candidates – Donna Fossum, Sean Holihan, Tim Lovain, Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg and Justin Wilson – on development issues, particularly the Beauregard Small Area Plan, in which Ms. Burns has an active interest.

The Sierra Club’s endorsements are based on the totality of candidates’ records on the environment. In addition, we evaluate candidates’ campaign viability, as required by Club guidelines. The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club reviewed the evaluations of local Club volunteers and approved the endorsements we recommended. The national Club headquarters, at Ms. Burns’s request, reviewed our endorsement efforts and has found no violations of Club policies or procedures.

We met with Ms. Burns, listened to her evaluations of the candidates, and considered her opinions. As we stated in our press release, we were impressed with many of the candidates and found more than six that we could have supported. Our endorsements were of those we felt were the strongest environmental candidates based on their positions, backgrounds, and knowledge of environmental issues. In the end our analysis simply differed from Ms. Burns.

Dean Amel, Chair
Sierra Club - Mt. Vernon Group

E Pluribus June 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
It's silly to suggest that being pro-waterfront plan is anti-Sierra Club. If the waterfront was untouched green space, or filled with historic structures, that may be true. But it is an ugly hodge podge of development from the past century. Stuck in time is not the same thing as historic. Leaving ugly useless buildings in place is not conservation.
Dennis Auld June 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Why do you say that. The City's plan for the waterfront is a big upgrade environmentally than the current condition, and better than what has been proposed in the CAAWP plan.
Cathryn S June 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Amen to that, E Pluribus!
Andrew Macdonald June 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
http://delray.patch.com/articles/opinion-macdonald Andrew Macdonald Andrew Macdonald for Mayor
Dennis Auld June 11, 2012 at 01:26 AM
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