Breaking News, November 4, 2015

Statement from Washington Conservation Voters on Vancouver port commissioner race

“A victory by Eric LaBrant will be a win for communities all across Washington, including Spokane, the Tri-Cities and towns all along the Columbia River,” said Washington Conservation Voters president Shannon Murphy.

“This race is about Clark County voters standing against dirty and dangerous fossil fuels,” she said. “They want a future built on forward-thinking energy and infrastructure.”

LaBrant’s opponent, Lisa Ross, was funded in part by the Tesoro oil company of San Antonio, Tex. Tesoro and its partner company, Savage, have proposed building the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country in Vancouver.

“Washington voters believe oil companies like Tesoro are out of state, out of date, and increasingly out of time,” Murphy said.

Washington Conversation Voters mounted a robust campaign for LaBrant. In August, WCV conducted research that showed LaBrant gained support when voters learned he opposed the oil terminal. WCV created a strategic campaign to educate the public about the difference between LaBrant and his opponent.

In the past five weeks, WCV and local volunteers:

  • Knocked on 2,959 doors to talk with voters
  • Made 22,786 phone calls to voters
  • Sent four direct mail flyers to 39,350 voters
  • Ran digital ads with more than 1.3 million impressions

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