Diana Lawrence for State Assembly in Wisconsin District 56

Endorsements for my campaign

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Candidates are surveyed by many organizations with the possibility of offering endorsements. I pursued only two endorsements.

My interest in the Sierra Club endorsement is because I am a member and leader in the organization. It was because of my interest in the environment that I really became interested in becoming a candidate. It seemed to me that this endorsement was a litmus test for me.

This endorsement was not automatic. I had to respond to the same survey as other candidates, responding to issues about why I'd be the best possible choice for Sierra Club endorsement in this election cycle. Topics included oil pipeline companies using eminent domain; renewable energy; retiring coal power plants; transit and local road aid; a moratorium on new or expanded frac sand proposals; reinstating stronger environmental protections for metallic sulfide mining; restoring the Department of Natural Resources as an independent agency; reauthorizing Wisconsin's popular Knowles-Nelson stewardship program; legislation to create and fund a program to remove all lead pipes from residential and K-12 school buildings; restricting the spreading of manure to ensure safe drinking water from private wells based on scientific environmental factors; and other issues.

Sierra Club press announcement of candidate endorsements (Statewide)

Sierra Club endorsements of candidates in the Fox Valley Group (Northeastern Wisconsin)

Sierra Club 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard

Sierra Club 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard

Sierra Club 2013-2014 Legislative Scorecard

Wisconsin AFL-CIO press announcement of candidate endorsements

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress." - Dr. Martin Luther King

The labor movement has indeed helped workers across our country with better working conditions and better income and benefits for their families. We have all benefited. Recent changes, championed by the current political incumbents, threaten the labor movement and the benefits we all enjoy. I intend to fight for and uphold the values of working people in Wisconsin.

My interest in the labor unions is that we are all workers and need good incomes and working conditions if we hope to participate in our government. The right to participate in government is granted by our constitution, but our ability to participate is a matter of having time and resources to follow and understand issues, and exercise our right to vote.

It is also a fact that Sierra Club and many labor unions have joined together to create the BlueGreen Alliance. Their website says, "Americans are often asked to choose between jobs and the environment. But as we face increasingly severe impacts of environmental challenges like climate change and adapt to an interconnected global economy, we can no longer choose one or the other. We believe we can and must choose both."

The BlueGreen Alliance unites America's largest labor unions and its most influential environmental organizations to solve today's environmental challenges in ways that create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy.

Recent politics have divided people. I hope to help unite the rift and help Wisconsin and its people. Politics is about doing good for people. That's what I intend to do if elected to represent you.


Participating in the New York City Climate March, September 21, 2014, along with 400,000 other environmentalists.

Although I have neither sought nor received endorsement by other organizations it is fair to assume that I will generally work for the same principals that other Democratic Party candidates work for. I will be working to properly represent the people of Wisconsin, and typically seeing issues through a progressive lens, like other Democrats. Nevertheless, I have an independent mind and will do what I believe is best for Wisconsin with the input of people in our district.


Protecting worker rights can take courage in uncomfortable conditions. Madison protests, February 26, 2011.

 


Endorsement from Iron Workers Local 8



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