Endorsements are the foundation of CVSC’s political work, and endorsement decisions help frame the conservation debate.  They reward pro-conservation candidates and put candidates who are hostile or indifferent to environmental issues on notice. Endorsements convey important information about candidates’ environmental positions to both the voting public and the media.  CVSC strives to make our endorsement process clear, consistent, fair, balanced, and bipartisan.

Overview: Through our feedback form, interviews, district analysis, and input from local advocates and conservation leaders, CVSC evaluates a given race based on environmental record of all candidates and relative differences, viability of various candidates, ability and interest in taking a proactive leadership role on conservation issues, quality of responses to CVSC’s feedback form and interview (if applicable), and more.

State Elections Only: Generally, CVSC only endorses in State House, State Senate, and constitutional officer elections. We DO NOT endorse in federal elections (i.e. US Senate, US House, President).

Limited Endorsements: CVSC does not endorse in all contested races. In fact, there will be many races where CVSC chooses to not endorse either candidate. Not engaging in a race is not intended to convey a position on one candidate or the other. Rather, not engaging in a race may be the result of priority of the race relative to others, absence of a viable conservation champion in the race, or that the race does not present an opportunity to draw a clear distinction between two conservation leaders.

2020 Process:

  • March 16: Candidate filing opens
  • March 30: Candidate filing closes at noon.
  • April 1 (or earlier): Candidates will be provided a digital or hard copy of CVSC’s Candidate Feedback Form. The feedback form may also be downloaded in PDF here. Please email us to request an editable copy.
  • April 8: Candidate Feedback Forms are due to CVSC by 5pm on this date.
  • Early May: CVSC releases endorsements
  • Mid May: CVSC may release additional endorsements
  • June 12: CVSC may release endorsements for runoff elections
  • Early September: CVSC releases additional general election endorsements
  • Mid October: CVSC may release additional general election endorsements
  • Ongoing: CVSC Staff and Board will complete a limited number of candidate interviews to evaluate leadership potential, positions on issues, and meet candidates in priority races.

Early Endorsement of Conservation Champions: In 2020, CVSC endorsed a number of incumbent conservation leaders before filing for legislative offices opened. These endorsements are for conservation champions who we strongly support because of their consistent support and/or leadership on critical issues. These are intended to signal our support for these champions, regardless of if they have an opponent or who the opponent may be.