(Annapolis, MD) On June 12, 2018 the Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) has announced that, after careful consideration, the organization will not be endorsing a candidate in the Maryland Democratic primary election for Governor because all candidates would be a good choice for conservation-minded voters.

After reviewing candidate questionnaires and conducting interviews, Maryland LCV board and staff came to the conclusion that each candidate would be a leader on such important issues as climate change, clean water, land conservation, and public health.

“We were impressed by all of the candidates’ commitment to strong environmental policies for Maryland’s people and our environment,” said Maryland LCV Board Chair Ed Hatcher. “While we know some people will be disappointed that Maryland LCV is not endorsing in this primary, the environment is clearly a top priority for each one of these candidates — and that is good news for Maryland voters.”

“The environment has been front and center in all of the gubernatorial candidates’ campaigns,” said Karla Raettig, Maryland LCV Executive Director. “Along with education, economic development and health care, the environment is one of the only issues which all the candidates are making a priority – and they all understand how these issues are linked. The candidates’ platforms show they understand what is at risk in the next four years and what the solutions could be.”

All candidates who file for office are invited to participate in the endorsement process, which includes the completion of a questionnaire responding to specific policy proposals and concerns and an interview by members of the Maryland LCV Board of Directors. Candidates asking to be considered for endorsement included Rushern Baker, Ben Jealous, Rich Madaleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea, and Krish Vignarajah. Before his passing, Kevin Kamenetz also filled out a questionnaire.

The organization noted that Governor Hogan has not yet chosen to participate in the endorsement process, and they invited him to do so, particularly given his public statements about the importance of environmental issues.

“The door remains open for Governor Hogan, and for any third-party candidates, to participate in the endorsement process for November’s general election,” said Hatcher.

Maryland LCV expects to endorse a candidate for Maryland’s Governor in the general election and will release more endorsements for the General Assembly in the coming months.