National Environmental Groups Endorse Down-Ballot Candidates Fighting Fossil Fuels

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Food & Water Action, Friends of the Earth Action, Oil Change U.S., and Zero Hour announced their joint endorsement of down-ballot candidates running on environmental justice platforms and fighting against local fossil fuel projects. The organizations join Lead Locally, which endorsed these candidates on April 4, 2023.

The list of endorsed candidates includes:


  • Teri Castillo, San Antonio City Council District 5
  • Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, San Antonio City Council District 2
  • Marvin Sutton, Arlington City Council District 3


  • Donna Deegan, Jacksonville Mayor


  • Helen Gym, Philadelphia Mayor
  • Bethany Hallam, Allegheny County Council At-Large
  • Sara Innamorato, Allegheny County Executive
  • Darwin Leuba, Allegheny County Comptroller

New York

  • Maurice Brown, Onondaga County Legislature District 15
  • India Walton, Buffalo Mayor

On behalf of the endorsing organizations,
Ariel Moger, Government and Political Affairs Director at Friends of the Earth Action, offered the following statement:

“Our organizations are thrilled to announce our endorsement of these incredible progressive champions. Fighting fossil fuels locally is critical to defeating them globally, and electing leaders who will stand up for people and the planet at the state and local level is crucial. We need decision-makers in office who will put communities over polluter profits, and these candidates will undoubtedly do just that.”



    The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, not the Center for Biological Diversity.

    Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

    Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. fights for transformational environmental policy and pushes political discourse to center justice and the environment. Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of Friends of the Earth U.S., but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc., not Friends of the Earth.

    Oil Change U.S. is dedicated to supporting real climate leadership, exposing the true costs of fossil fuels, and building a just, equitable, and renewable energy future in the United States.

    Lead Locally is a 501(c)(4) that is building a movement to challenge fossil fuels by championing campaigns and candidates who will build the Green New Deal from the grassroots up.

    Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support our vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish.

    Paid political advertisement paid for by Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc., 1101 15th Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Independently of and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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