2010 General Elections

Simply put, the 2010 elections weren’t about our environment. These elections were all about the economy, and rightly so. Unfortunately, a lot of great conservation champions got caught in the tide of voter anxiety and lost their seats. But CVNM Action Fund sent mailings, made phone calls, went door to door, and more, and in the end 57% of our endorsed candidates won their races.

Here is a summary of our environmental victories:

Ray Powell, Commissioner-elect to the State Land Office (SLO), will restore the trust and transparency that is so crucial to the mission of the SLO—managing our state lands to generate healthy, sustainable revenues for our schools. Ray won by 4.6%, with the strong support of CVNM Action Fund.

Freshman State Representative Bill O’Neill fended off an extremely tough challenge to hold onto his legislative seat. A strong ally who is working hard to make government more efficient and effective, Bill won by less than 160 votes. In his race, CVNM Action Fund communicated with thousands of voters through mailers, live phone calls, and door hangers.

Recap of CVNM’s Endorsed Candidates:

Governor – Diane Denish – lost
Lt. Governor – Brian Colon – lost

State Auditor – Hector Balderas – WIN!
Attorney General – Gary King – WIN!
Commissioner of Public Lands – Ray Powell – WIN!
Public Regulation Commission (PRC) –
Stephanie DuBois (District 2) – lost
Bill McCamley (District 5) – lost

HD14 Rep. Miguel Garcia – WIN!
HD15 Rep. Bill O’Neill – WIN!
HD21 Rep. Mimi Stewart – WIN!
HD23 Rep. Benjamin Rodefer – lost
HD25 Rep. Danice Picraux – WIN!
HD26 Rep. Al Park – WIN!
HD30 Rep. Karen Giannini – lost
HD31 Rep. Bill Rehm – WIN!
HD33 Rep. Joni Gutierrez – WIN!
HD37 Rep. Jeff Steinborn – lost
HD47 Rep. Brian Egolf – WIN!
HD48 Rep. Lucky Varela – WIN!
HD53 Rep. Nate Cote – lost
HD59 Ellen Wedum – lost
HD60 Rep. Jack Thomas – lost