Dan Scripps, an Environmental Defender, Kicks Off Our Election Season Endorsements

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Rep. Dan Scripps is the first state legislator to win a 2010 endorsement from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Scripps, a Northport Democrat, has spent his first term representing Michigan's 101st District with brave leadership on key environmental issues. Scripps was named "one of the best" in the latest 2009-2010 Environmental Scorecard, with a perfect 100%. Voters in the district should return him to office so he can continue working on positive measures to protect children's health and protect the Great Lakes from large water withdrawals. 

Scripps earned the endorsement of the MLCV, a nonprofit with offices in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, based on his first-term record and answers to an extensive questionnaire on environmental priorities in the state. Those priorities include clean energy, pollution prevention and cleanup, and funding for natural resources protection. 

"I'm honored to again have the endorsement and support of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters," Scripps said.

"As Michiganders, we have a special responsibility to protect the natural resources that are so central to our way of life. Protecting these resources will also be critical in creating the clean energy jobs of tomorrow that will help to put Michigan back to work."

Work by Scripps during his freshman term has included sponsoring plans to increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 30 percent by 2025, calling for a constitutional ban on Great Lakes drilling and supporting measures to bring advanced battery manufacturing businesses to Michigan. 

"We chose to highlight Dan Scripps as our first endorsement because he is a fighter for things that matter in Michigan," said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the MLCV.

"He has supported agriculture and clean energy jobs, and protecting the Great Lakes from Asian carp. He is known in his community for promoting environmental conservation and recognizes the positive correlation between a health environment and a strong economy."

Scripps' credentials also include time practicing environment law and working with the Leelanau Conservancy to develop a privately-funded farmland preservation program.

Other endorsements in important Michigan House and Senate races will be rolled out in coming weeks by the MLCV, which works to pass strong environmental laws, elect environmental champions and hold lawmakers accountable for their actions.

For more on Scripps, see  www.danscripps.com.