Climate and environmental justice advocates faced a major disappointment when former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley fell short in her U.S. Senate bid. However, the sting of that loss should not obscure major wins in the contests for North Carolina’s delegation to the U.S. House. On the House side, North Carolina’s voters added a net gain of two votes to the pro-environment ranks there.
Congressional candidates winning races in North Carolina with the support of groups affiliated with the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) included re-elected Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-6) and newly elected Valerie Foushee (NC-4), Wiley Nickel (NC-13), and Jeff Jackson (NC-14).
“North Carolina just elected an extraordinary slate of environmental champions to Congress,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We can’t wait to get to work with incoming new members Wiley Nickel, Jeff Jackson, Valerie Foushee and all of North Carolina’s climate and democracy champions to build a more just, equitable, clean energy future for North Carolina and the country.”
Conservation Voters Movement support for Congressional candidates from North Carolina in this cycle included Climate Voter Mobilization program support for Nickel; the GreenRoots program which engaged more than 8,200 LCV members in active support of Nickel and Jackson; and nearly $650,000 in small donor contributions to North Carolina candidates through GiveGreen, a program helping grassroots donors contribute directly to pro-environment candidates.