The Western North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club recently announced its endorsements for Asheville City Council. The WENOCA group (as the chapter is known locally) has endorsed Lael Gray, Marc Hunt, and Chris Pelly.
“We sent questionnaires to all the candidates and, based on those responses, we interviewed seven of the nine candidates,” says WENOCA political committee chair Ken Brame. “We also looked at previous voting records and past histories of positions and actions taken by the candidates to protect our environment.”
Calling itself the nation’s oldest environmental group, the Sierra Club has weighed in on local and national elections for decades by evaluating and endorsing candidates it considers strong on environmental issues. Because the Club has registered political action committees at the federal and state levels, the WENOCA Group is able to make political endorsements at every level of government within its political boundaries, from U.S. Congress to local county commissioner and city council elections.