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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sierra Club endorses Cathie Cool Rumsey, Sue Sosnowski, Carol Hagan McEntee

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Sen. Sue Sosnowski (left) and then Senator Cathie Cool Rumsey (right) with former state Rep. Donna Walsh at the signing ceremony at Charlestown's Earth Care Farm for a ground-breaking bill they sponsored to greatly expand the composting of food waste. This was one of many achievements that earned the Sierra Club's endorsement for Cathie and Sue. Photo by Will Collette
The RI Chapter of the Sierra Club is endorsing 19 legislative candidates in the general election, 15 candidates for the state House of Representatives and only four for the state Senate.
The newly endorsed candidates are:

Senator in the General Assembly

Gayle Goldin                      District 3 Providence
Adam Satchell                    District 9 West Warwick
Cathie Cool Rumsey         District 34 Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, W. Greenwich
Sue Sosnowski                   District 37 South Kingstown/Block Island

Representative in General Assembly

Edie Ajello                         District 1 Providence
Chris Blazejewski             District 2 Providence
Aaron Regunberg             District 4 Providence
Daniel McKiernan            District 7  Providence
John Lombardi                 District 8 Providence
Art Handy                          District 18 Cranston
David Bennett                   District 20 Warwick
Joe Solomon                      District 22 Warwick
Ryan Hall                           District 28 Coventry
Lisa Tomasso                     District 29  Coventry / West Greenwich
Carol Hagan McEntee      District 33  South Kingstown/ Narragansett
Jay O’Grady                        District 46 Lincoln/Pawtucket
Cale Keable                          District  47  Burrillville /Glocester
Deb Ruggiero                      District 74 Jamestown
Lauren Carson                    District 75 Newport

Our political committee based these decisions on a shared questionnaire with Clean Water Action, sent to every candidate, that focused heavily on what the two groups see as the top challenges and goals of the upcoming legislative season,” according to a press release from the Sierra Club.

“It was a call action and the candidates below are the ones the Sierra Club believes are both willing and capable of creating a truly resilient, renewable and environmentally responsible Rhode Island.”

The local chapter endorsed 17 candidates in the primary, nine of whom won. In the primary, 8 of the 12 Sierra Club-endorsed candidates won and only one Senate candidate – Jeanine Calkin – prevailed.

While the House is roughly twice the size of the Senate – there are 75 House members and 38 Senators – the Sierra Club saw fit to endorse more than three times as many House members as senators for the General Election and almost 2.5 times more in the primary.

No Republicans earned the endorsement of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s best-known environmental advocacy groups.

Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.