Kelly Hayes-Raitt, a candidate seeking to succeed the term-limited Fran Pavley in the California State Assembly District 41 seat, has been endorsed by Clean Water Action Vote Environment.

The 41st Assembly District includes Santa Monica.

Hayes-Raitt is a Santa Monica resident and vice chair of the City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women.

Vote Environment is a political action committee of the national citizens’ advocacy organization Clean Water Action.

Hayes-Raitt will seek the Democratic nomination in the assembly district in the Tuesday, June 6th, primary.

“Our Vote Environment Committee understands just how important it is to elect a leader when we see one,” said Erich Pfuehler, Clean Water Action California director.

“Kelly won’t just be a good vote on our issues, she will lead the fight to protect our environment, preserve our coastline, and fight for safe drinking water.”

In the early 1980s, Hayes-Raitt was involved in citizen outreach campaigns in San Francisco and Los Angeles for the California League of Conservation Voters.

She also helped found Heal the Bay, an organization that helps protect and clean Santa Monica Bay, organized efforts to preserve the Ballona Wetlands, and fought offshore oil drilling while working with former Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy.

“We know protecting our environment is more than just an issue for Kelly, it is a deeply held part of her life,” Pfuehler said.

“Our coast is under renewed threat from zealous overdevelopment, offshore liquid natural gas processing, and the Bush-Schwarzenegger Administrations who want to weaken environmental protection laws we secured years ago,” Hayes-Raitt said. “In Sacramento, I will fight to preserve our coast, and more importantly, I will fight to make renewable energy more affordable.

“We don’t need to be fighting big oil every 15 years.”

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