June 30, 2006
As we told you in our last update, the 2006 election season is fast approaching, and that means it's time for Ocean Champions to begin rolling out our endorsements for this fall's Congressional elections.
Rep. Sam Farr
Rep. Jim Saxton
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr.
District: New Jersey 6th
Key Coastal Communities: Long Branch
Key Committees: Resources (Ranking Member, Fisheries & Oceans Subcommittee)
Caucuses: Co-Chair & Founder, House Coastal Caucus; House Oceans Caucus
Leadership: Ran for Congress on a platform of "Stop Ocean Dumping." As the ranking Democrat on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subcommittee of the House Resources Committee, Pallone has played a key role in some of the most important oceans legislation of the last ten years.
Rep. Connie Mack IV
District: Florida 14th
Key Coastal Communities: Naples & Ft. Meyers
Key Committees: Budget; Transportation (Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation and Water Resources & Environment subcommitttees)
Caucuses: House Oceans Caucus; House Coastal Caucus
Leadership: Hit the ground running as a freshmen member, and has been a vocal champion against lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling. Also an early co-sponsor of the Fisheries Science and Management Enhancement Act of 2005.
Hon. Kathy Castor
District: Florida 11th
Key Coastal Communities: Tampa
Terms: Running for open seat of Rep. Jim Davis (D), who is running for governor.
Key Committees: Strong interest in being on the Resources Committee, which has no Florida representation. In a statement, she says she "believes this would be a strong position from which to work tirelessly against offshore drilling."
Leadership: As a member of the Hillsborough County Commission, she has worked tirelessly to protect endangered coastal wetlands. Outspoken opponent of efforts to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling.
Watch for additional endorsements in the coming weeks. We will
highlight incumbents in the House and Senate who have shown real
leadership on the oceans, including a few who are in tight races and
need our help to return to Congress. Plus, we will profile more
challengers who we intend to help get elected.
And remember, Ocean Champions is the only national political organization for the oceans. Our unique structure allows us to make sure that great candidates like this can return to Congress, or get elected for the very first time.
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