2022 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 2022 Primary Election below!

OLCV Endorses Tina Kotek for Oregon Governor

Former Speaker of the Oregon House Tina Kotek is exactly the leader we need now to protect our clean air and water, and to address the climate crisis with the level of urgency necessary. We don’t have time for on-the-job-learning, and Tina is ready to lead on day one. She’s a climate champion driven by core values of justice, opportunity for all, and a better future for our kids. She’s an advocate at heart and a leader who brings people together to solve our toughest problems. Tina has been tested, and she’s delivered. 

OLCV Endorses Andrea Salinas for Congress

From when she served as an OLCV board member to her current work as an environmental and climate champion in the Oregon House, Andrea Salinas is always driven by her values, her work ethic, and her foundational belief that change is possible if we work for it. Her strong values paired with her experience fighting for everyday people, our communities, and our climate, make her exactly who we need representing all of us in Congress.

  • Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. Representative, 1st District (also endorsed by LCV)
  • Val Hoyle, U.S. Representative, 4th District (also endorsed by LCV)
  •  Andrea Salinas, U.S. Representative, 6th District (also endorsed by LCV)

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, and what steps do you plan to take to address them?
  2. What does 'environmental justice' mean to you? And how will your understanding of environmental justice impact your priorities if elected?

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

Cristina Bettesworth, Coos County Commissioner – Position 2
  1. My number one concern is conservation for our waterways, estuaries, and local watersheds. I want to promote salmon habitat in our rivers and help prevent runoff and contamination into our watersheds.
  2. To me environment justice means that we must justify what choices we make for environmental impact. We need to thoroughly research the choices that we are making for our area to ensure that our footprint is not having a negative impact, but rather we are working towards conservation, and positive steps for our environment.
Pam Lewis, Coos County Commissioner – Position 2
  1. Coos County has a recycling ability that underserves the county’s need.

    I will work with my Representative to remedy and improve this situation.

    Coos County’s forest management is in poor form, we are at risk for wildfire destruction.

    I will seek to restore local control for forest management, with goal of increased farming and replanting.

  2. Environmental Justice means self-sustainability and local control of the county resources. Local citizens should be able to utilize rain water capture and alternative power sources for their properties.
Melissa Cribbins, Coos County Commissioner – Position 3
  1. Recently, BOEM has been working on a process to site offshore wind, and they recently released the lease (call) areas. They are all of the coast of Coos and Curry Counties. It is critical to ensure that the siting of offshore wind does not create adverse impacts to the environment, protected species, and currently existing industries. We must all work together to ensure that we are protecting our coast.
  2. Environmental justice to mean means lifting up the voices that are not heard on their own, including people in rural areas. I have dedicated my career to ensuring that I am the voice for rural Oregon in the places where decisions are being made. I want to make sure our citizens know that I will fight tirelessly for them and their concerns.