League of Conservation Voters backing Osten, Crawford

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Democratic candidate Cathy Osten in the 19th District state Senate race and James Crawford in the 33rd District state Senate race.

Of those who requested endorsement from CTLCV this year and turned in surveys in a timely manner, only 25 percent of all Republicans and 25 percent of all Democrats were endorsed.

All endorsed candidates 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, the group said in a press release.

Osten, current Sprague first selectman, is running against Republican 47th District state Rep. Christopher Coutu in the 19th District race that covers Norwich, Ledyard, northeastern Montville, Franklin, Sprague, Lisbon, Marlborough, Hebron, Columbia and Lebanon.

"(As Sprague first selectman) Cathy has shown commitment to environmental protection. Some of her accomplishments include saving over 280 acres of open space, working to establish a greenway from Lisbon through Windham, cleaning up local brownfields, creating a smart growth council, and creating community gardens."

Crawford, a current state Representative from Westbrook, is running for the 33rd state Senate seat against Republican Art Linares and Green Party candidate Melissa Schlag in the district that covers Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

"As a freshman legislator, Jim worked to promote water conservation, the preservation and protection of Long Island Sound and the development of mass transit," the press release said. "As a member of both the Shoreline Preservation Task Force and the (Genetically Modified Organisms) Task Force, Jim has shown willingness to devote time and energy to the environment."

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