COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) announced Monday they were officially endorsing Dick Harpootlian for State Senate District 20 in Richland and Lexington Counties. The leading political voice for conservation in South Carolina, CVSC supports bipartisan, pragmatic leaders who will advance conservation at the Statehouse.

“South Carolina needs a Senator who will shake things up at the Statehouse, who won’t back down from a fight, and who will focus on the issues that matter to South Carolinians – roads, jobs, a clean environment, and education. Dick will be that Senator, and that’s why CVSC is proud to endorse him today,” shared John Tynan, CVSC’s Executive Director.

“I couldn’t be more proud to have the support of South Carolina’s leading bipartisan conservation organization. Their endorsement highlights what this campaign is all about – getting things done at the Statehouse and working on issues that matter to all South Carolinians,” said Harpootlian.

Harpootlian earned CVSC’s endorsement both because of his focus on fixing the Statehouse and his clear commitment to conservation. CVSC cited Harpootlian’s record as a former solicitor, member of County Council, and accomplished attorney as evidence of his ability to achieve pragmatic results in the State Senate. In its endorsement, the bipartisan conservation group also highlighted Harpootlian’s support for clean energy solutions, land protection, and rights of citizens to a clean and healthy environment.

“We need to look no farther than the failure of the VC Summer Project and the billions of dollars and thousands of jobs lost to see the problem in the Senate. The Senate should have been looking for a path out of this mess. But they focused on finger-pointing and political posturing instead of new energy sources that will lower power bills and create new clean energy jobs. When I’m Senator, this type of inaction will stop, and we’ll achieve real results for South Carolina,” shared Harpootlian.

The endorsement of Harpootlian is CVSC’s 22nd legislative endorsement this year. CVSC has endorsed 14 Republicans and 7 Democrats for State House in addition to Harpootlian in the Senate 20 special election.

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