Ann Timberlake
November 5, 2014

After a long election season, we congratulate the winners. We are pleased that land conservation played a bipartisan role in several House races. 

We welcome two new CVSC endorsed House members Roger Kirby (D-Florence) and Gary Clary (R-Pickens) who won their open seat contests. We celebrate the return of two of our Green Tie Champions: Rep. Walt McLeod (D-Newberry Co.) and Rep. Robert Brown (D-Charleston) who won with 60% and 55% of the vote. Other endorsed incumbents who faced General Election contests were Rep. Jenny Horne (R-Dorchester), Rep. Beth Bernstein (D-Richland), Rep. Eddie Tallon (R-Spartanburg), Rep. Leola Robinson-Simpson (D-Greenville), and Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (D-Charleston).

We look forward to working four more years with Hugh Weathers. We thank Vincent Sheheen for running the race for Governor and the three House candidates whom we had hoped to send to the House: Vida Miller (Georgetown), Joe McCulloch (Richland), and Tombo Hite (Abbeville).

Conservation Voters believes that protection of our natural resources should be a core function of government as stated in our constitution: “The health, welfare, and safety of the lives and property of the people of this State and the conservation of its natural resources are matters of public concern.” (Article XII, Section 1). We are encouraged that voters agreed in several close contests where CVSC-endorsed candidates were elected, and we are committed to working with all of our elected leaders when the General Assembly returns in January.

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