Concord – Representative Jay Phinizy, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 8, has been endorsed by Sierra Club of New Hampshire and Friends of the Earth.
The Sierra Club of New Hampshire is part of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Friends of the Earth is a grassroots environmental organization. Both groups are dedicated to protecting the right of to a safe and healthy environment, clean air, clean water, open space, wild lands and a healthy and diverse ecosystem.
NH Sierra Club Chapter Chair, Jerry Curran praised Phinizy’s work to protect clean air and safe drinking water during his 10 years in the NH House. "Jay Phinizy’s charismatic bipartisan efforts have improved the overall health of New Hampshire without jeopardizing the small community landscape. He has repeatedly scored the highest on environmental votes and New Hampshire needs Rep. Phinizy in the Senate because he will continue to fight for critical environmental protections."
According to the Friends of the Earth website, Phinizy has earned the nickname "Representative Mercury" for being the legislative champion on mercury removal and is leading the way on recycling programs. "Jay Phinizy has been an outstanding legislator, working for a healthy environment for the people of New Hampshire, said Dr. Brent Blackwelder, President of Friends of the Earth Action. "Jay has been a force in passing legislation, protecting New Hampshire’s environment and safeguarding the public health of our citizens. He has earned our endorsement and deserves to be elected to the New Hampshire State Senate."
Phinizy is chair of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. He was the architect of the law supported by Governor Lynch to ban the burning of construction and demolition debris when Hopkinton, where the governor lives, and the state were faced with becoming the destination for imported construction waste to produce electricity. Phinizy has long been a leading advocate for reduction in mercury emissions, landfill dumping of mercury waste, and the reduction of other toxic air emissions.
Towns that Phinizy will represent include Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Claremont, Gilsum, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Marlow, New London, Newbury, Newport, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Sunapee, Sutton, Unity, Walpole, Washington, and Westmoreland.