Sierra Club Endorses Ralph Northam for Governor

Sierra Club Endorses Ralph Northam for Governor

Grassroots Group Praises Candidate’s Strong Record on the Environment

RICHMOND, Virginia – Today, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Ralph Northam for Governor.

Northam’s pro-environment record throughout his time as a state senator and as lieutenant governor shows he will work as governor to keep Virginia on the path towards a clean energy future.

“Over the past decade, Northam has developed a strong environmental record,” Corrina Beall, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Legislative and Political Director, said. “As governor, we know he will work across the aisle to advance Virginia’s clean energy economy. Ed Gillespie’s anti-environment and hate-filled policies that echo Donald Trump’s don’t represent Virginia’s values.”

Northam has a strong commitment to environmental justice and will address the environmental threats for Virginians in vulnerable communities suffering the directly from the effects of climate change and harmful pollution. His plan for campaign finance reform and his support for non-partisan redistricting will reduce the outsized influence of corporations and make for more fair elections.

“Ed Gillespie’s support for offshore drilling plays fast and loose with Virginia’s national security and our $4.7 billion coastal tourism industry that employs 45,000 people,” Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, said. “Northam’s continued opposition to offshore drilling and support for clean energy shows just how dedicated he is to combatting climate change and protecting Virginia.

Northam has strongly supported the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and will continue the cleanup effort to protect Virginian’s water.

“One of the main reasons I first entered politics nearly ten years ago was witnessing the demise of the Chesapeake Bay over the course of my lifetime,” Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam said. “That’s why being a good steward to the environment has been a centerpiece of my time in elected office. I am honored to receive Sierra Club’s endorsement, which is a tremendous affirmation of that work. As governor, I look forward to partnering with Sierra Club to preserve our commonwealth’s natural beauty for generations to come.”

Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Northam’s campaign.  

For more information, contact Corrina Beall at or (804) 225-9113 Ex. 1012.


About the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter: The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club is over 19,000 members strong. We are your friends and neighbors working to build healthy, livable communities, and to conserve and protect our climate and environment. The Virginia Chapter is part of the national Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. For more information, visit

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