Pennsylvania's Leading Environmental Organizations Back Iovino in April 2nd Special Election
Groups say Iovino will be a voice for clean water, clean air, and protecting PA’s natural heritage
Pittsburgh– Today, four of Pennsylvania’s leading environmental organizations, Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, and the Sierra Club announced their combined endorsement for Pam Iovino in the special election for Pennsylvania State Senate, District 37. The district includes much of Allegheny County’s southern and western suburbs as well as Peters Township in Washington County.
Together, these four organizations represent roughly 18,000 members and supporters within the district – individuals committed to a cleaner environment and prepared to vote for pro-environment candidates.
“I’m honored and grateful to receive the endorsement of Conservation Voters of PA, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and PennEnvironment,” Iovino said. “I will be a champion for the values they fight for - healthy places for our children to grow up, open spaces for hunting and fishing, and clean air and water for every Pennsylvanian.”
After a 23 year career in the United States Navy, Pam retired to assume the Senate-confirmed Presidential appointment as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. In that role, she served as the lead advocate on Capitol Hill for our nation’s 25 million veterans and their families. Most recently she served as the Director of Veterans Services for Allegheny County. She knows how to take care of people, which is what environmental conservation is all about.
“Our organizations collectively endorsed Pam because we believe her career in public service makes her uniquely qualified to serve in the state senate and work with legislators on both sides of the aisle for change,” said Barbara Grover, Sierra Club Allegheny Group. “To ensure that occurs our groups will be continuing our door to door canvassing, phonebanking, email and social media outreach to these members and supporters to educate them on why Pam is the choice for the environment and ensure they get out to vote for her on April 2nd.”
“As a constituent from Whitehall, I’ve got added interest in this race,” said Steve Hvozdovich of Clean Water Action. “The residents of this district are tired of the Donald Trump-Scott Wagner, businessmen turned politicians, who prioritize corporate profits over public health and turn a blind eye to the real impacts our environment is experiencing. Raja is just another candidate from this broken mold, while Pam has spent her life serving others.”
Communities in the 37th district have a history of being at the forefront of significant environmental fights. South Fayette Townshipand Peters Township won a crucial case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court case. Their hard work ended up protecting the right of every Pennsylvania local government to decide where drilling can and can’t occur. Meanwhile, Bethel Park Township and Mt Lebanon Borough are working to reduce flooding in the South Hills by taking steps to better manage stormwater. Popular public lands like Settlers Cabin Park which spans North Fayette, Collier and Robinson Townships makes outdoor recreation also a vital part of this district.
"We have so many critical initiatives moving through the state legislature right now, from stemming the tide of climate change, to reducing exposure to lead in drinking water, and reducing the use of wasteful single-use plastics," said Ashleigh Deemer, Western Pennsylvania Director for PennEnvironment. "Pam Iovino's history of service and leadership, combined with her commitment to the environment and public health, will get us that much closer to realizing a cleaner, greener future for Pennsylvania."
The organizations are building upon the success they had during the 2018 election cycle in getting a slate of their endorsed candidates elected to the state legislature.
“In 2018, voters across Pennsylvania elected more than two dozen new pro-conservation state legislators who promised to fight to protect the environment for their constituents,” said Josh McNeil of Conservation Voters of PA. “The voters of the 37th district can see that same spirit in Pam Iovino and will send her to Harrisburg to put people over polluters.”