2020 Primary Endorsements

OLCV endorses candidates who are dedicated to protecting all the things we love about Oregon. An OLCV-endorsed candidate will fight to protect Oregon's air and water, preserve our public lands, find solutions to the climate crisis, and create a brighter future for all of Oregon's people. Check out our list of endorsements for the 2020 Primary Election below!

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Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator


Senator Jeff Merkley is a true environmental champion! He received a 100% score in the 2019 LCV National Environmental Scorecard, and a lifetime score of 99%. Time and time again, Senator Merkley has stood up for Oregonians in Washington D.C. We're proud to endorse him for U.S. Senator in 2020!

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Shemia Fagan, Secretary of State


State Senator Shemia Fagan is a proven fighter for Oregonians. She stood up to fossil fuel interests in Salem, and will continue standing up for our values when it really matters. Her 2019 OLCV score is 94%, and lifetime OLCV score is 91%. We're proud to endorse her for Secretary of State in 2020!

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Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator


Senator Jeff Merkley is a true environmental champion! He received a 100% score in the 2019 LCV National Environmental Scorecard, and a lifetime score of 99%. Time and time again, Senator Merkley has stood up for Oregonians in Washington D.C. We're proud to endorse him for U.S. Senator in 2020!

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Shemia Fagan, Secretary of State


State Senator Shemia Fagan is a proven fighter for Oregonians. She stood up to fossil fuel interests in Salem, and will continue standing up for our values when it really matters. Her 2019 OLCV score is 94%, and lifetime OLCV score is 91%. We're proud to endorse her for Secretary of State in 2020!

The Endorsement Process

Any candidate seeking an OLCV endorsement must fill out a comprehensive questionnaire. Following review of the questionnaire, we conduct face-to-face interviews with each candidate. All endorsement recommendations are reviewed and finalized by the OLCV PAC Board of Directors. Learn more


Environmental Voter Guide

With the increased interest from voters and candidates, and limited organizational capacity, OLCV for the first time has offered a chance for local candidates running in races where OLCV was NOT able to make an official endorsement decision, to share their environmental priorities through a short voter guide. The candidates listed below and their answers do not indicate an OLCV endorsement, but simply provide voters with local candidates’ answers to two questions:

  1. What are your top two environmental priorities?
  2. How will you help lead your city/county/local jurisdiction toward 100% clean energy by 2050?

If you are a local candidate who would like to participate in OLCV’s voter guide, please email OLCV@OLCV.org

Doug Thompson, Clatsop County Commission District 3
  1. Climate change and inequality (both income and wealth).
  2. By advocating for Oregon forest practices reform so as to substantially reduce the associated release of carbon from those practices.
Susana Gladwin, Clatsop County Commissioner District 5
  1. Protecting our Clatsop State Forest Trees. I was one of a group that helped convince the majority of the my county commissioners to vote to opt out of the Linn County law suit. I testified Wednesday before Oregon Department of Forestry the need to preserve our trees for carbon capture and dangers of arial spraying. The corporate forests need to become an opportunity for carbon capture.
  2. Other commission candidates from other districts are talking about creating clean energy jobs and I would love to part of Clatsop county moving towards clean energy. I think we need to do it by 2025 and I believe we can do it with wind, solar, wave, and hydrogen development and no clearcuts. With renewable energy we can heat our buildings with heat pumps and drive electric cars and be carbon neutral very soon.
Lianne Thompson, Clatsop County Commission, District 5
  1. One: Ecologically sustainable economic development, so we honor the planet and the people. John Muir said, “Conservation and Economic Development go hand in hand.”
    Two: Housing that’s available and affordable. If all of us don’t have this essential foundation for our personal emotional and physical security, we can’t effectively collaborate on protecting and healing our environment.

  2. I will convene and participate in collaborative conversations geared toward producing physical outcomes. Those outcomes are the product of the collaborative conversations on how to love both the people and the planet.
    Otherwise, we’re at war with one another. That’s like autoimmune disease of the body politic. It also moves us toward more species extinction, maybe including our own.

George McCartin, Clatsop County Commissioner, District 1
  1. One: Reducing the carbon footprint by increasing use of alternative energy.
    Two: Removing the causes of pollution in our streams and waterways
  2. I will work with the entire County to lead them to utilize wind as an alternative energy for our area.
Paulette Lichatowich, Columbia County Board of Commissioners, position #2
  1. No addition fossil fuel terminals in Columbia County. Clean up the contamination sites in the county recognized by DEQ as certified brownfields.
  2. Require all county departments to budget for innovative-clean energy expenditures that will work toward 100% clean energy as soon as possible. For example, all new major purchases meet certain criteria and each department head will report back to administration each year on their level of progress.