New Hampshire might have the shortest coastline in the nation, but it’s long on ocean champions. We’ve already told you about the impact our advertising has had in ocean champion Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s reelection bid against carpetbagging former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. And today we’re endorsing two more Granite State incumbents for reelection to the House of Representatives: Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and new ocean champion, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster.
Congresswoman Shea-Porter, a veteran ocean champion, is running for her fourth term in New Hampshire’s first district, with its 19 miles of spectacular seacoast, which includes beaches, a stalwart fishing industry, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Her focus on ocean issues has led her to key seats on the Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees where she’s been a vocal advocate for policies, like the Coastal Jobs Creation Act, that bring together environmental and economic priorities.
While Congresswoman Kuster’s district doesn’t include any coastline, her background as an environmental lawyer and a lifelong love of the outdoors has made her a leader on clean energy and climate change issues as well as a staunch supporter of increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
All three of our New Hampshire ocean champions face tough challengers in their bids to keep their seats, and in each case, their opponents represent huge backward steps when it comes to ocean protection and policies to address the twin threats of climate change and ocean acidification. We need your support to keep intact this hardscrabble group of ocean champions, who are as tough as the granite bedrock of their home state, so that they can continue their vital work.
For the oceans,
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