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REP. LAVIELLE ENDORSED BY CT LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS
WILTON, September 17, 2018 — State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) has been endorsed by the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) for reelection to the General Assembly’s 143rd House district, which includes parts of Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton.
“Rep. Lavielle knows that electric vehicles are key to both reducing air pollution and expanding access to a growing, in-demand technology here in Connecticut,” said Lori Brown, CTLCV Executive Director. “She knows that clean energy is a vibrant part of our workforce, and key to bringing more innovative, high-paying jobs into our state while also helping us turn back the clock on climate change. We need leaders like Rep. Lavielle at the State Capitol who put people ahead of politics and do what’s right for our environment and our economy.”
Rep. Lavielle’s endorsement, announced on September 13, was one of 15 statewide in the CTLCV’s initial round. “All of the candidates we endorsed today have either established themselves as true leaders in the legislators or made real commitments to be champions for the environment if elected,” said Lori Brown.
The CTLCV, a bipartisan, statewide, nonprofit organization, endorses candidates for the state legislature based on their positions and track record on environmental issues. They must be committed to protecting Connecticut's land, water, air, and wildlife, and to working for sustainable solutions to pressing state issues like transportation, energy, and waste management.
Lavielle has been a vocal proponent and advocate of legislation supporting the development and modernization of Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure and improvement of mass transit, and was recognized by the CTLCV in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for her leadership in transportation. The CTLCV also recognized her in 2016 for her leadership in protecting Connecticut’s public water supply. She introduced legislation that will facilitate brownfield remediation, and co-sponsored legislation that will increase protections for land set aside by the state for conservation. Other legislation she co-sponsored in 2017 and 2018 includes bills that would eliminate diversion of ratepayer funds from energy efficiency and clean energy programs; prohibit the collection and disposal of fracking waste in Connecticut; and improve coastal management practices.
“The CTLCV does an excellent job of helping us make environmental stewardship a legislative priority,” said Rep. Lavielle, “and I am honored by its endorsement. I will continue to support legislation that preserves and protects our environment and our natural resources, while remaining attentive to ensuring that these initiatives are undertaken within a framework of sound fiscal discipline. I’m grateful to the CTLCV for being such a valuable, active partner in helping legislators develop sound environmental policy.”
State Rep. Gail Lavielle serves as Assistant House Minority Leader. She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the Transportation Committee. Before her election to the legislature, she worked for more than 25 years in finance, marketing, and communication, holding executive leadership positions with Fortune 500 corporations. She also served on the Wilton Board of Finance and the Wilton Energy Commission. She holds an MA in French from Yale, a BA in English from Cornell, and an MBA in finance from UConn, and is the author of a book on opera. She and her husband Jean-Pierre live in Wilton.
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