The Connecticut chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed incumbent Democrat Linda Orange for State Representative in the 48th Assembly District, which will serve the town of Colchester, as well as parts of Lebanon, Mansfield and Windham under the newly redrawn district lines.
In accepting the endorsement, Orange said in a prepared statement that “sound environmental policies go hand in hand with protecting the rural character of the region.”
“Eastern Connecticut needs a strong environmental advocate to protect our farmland, open space and the character of our communities,” Orange said.
Orange cited the need to preserve a state fund that supports open space matching grants, farmland preservation and helps dairy farmers. Money for the fund is raised through real estate recording fees – not taxes, she noted.
Orange also cited her efforts earlier in her legislative career in Colchester to prevent the creation of both a garbage dump and an asphalt plant. The asphalt plant was planned to be within 500 feet of a school, a waterway and residential area.
Orange also said it is important to continue investing in energy-efficiency initiatives and promoting “green” jobs through the development and use of renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro and wind power.
Orange was elected to the Connecticut Legislature in November 1996 to represent the 48th Assembly District, which then served Colchester and East Haddam.
Born in Hartford, Orange grew up in Marlborough. She has lived in Colchester for 32 years.
For more about her campaign, visit http://orange4ct.com/about
Posted October 10, 2012 based on a press release as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan
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