Sierra Club Endorses Betsy Rader

Friday, April 27, 2018
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Sierra Club Endorses Betsy Rader
Local environmental leaders call out Joyce’s voting record

Novelty, OH – On Friday, the Sierra Club announced that they’ve endorsed Betsy Rader, the Democratic candidate in Ohio’s 14th district. The Sierra Club represents over 25,000 members in Ohio and has played a key role in the passage of legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Betsy, a Sierra Club member since 1986, has served in a number of community leadership roles supporting the environment and good stewardship of the land. Betsy Rader is the first non-incumbent candidate for Congress in Ohio that Sierra Club has endorsed this cycle.

“It’s an honor to be endorsed by the Sierra Club. Voters in Northeast Ohio value our natural resources like Lake Erie and our beautiful rivers, and I have made protecting our environment and public lands a priority in my campaign. It’s critical that everyone has clean air to breath and clean water to drink” said Betsy Rader. “When I get to Congress, I’ll fight for expanded resources for our Great Lakes to protect drinking water, boost our local economies, and create jobs. We need leaders in Washington who will stand up to Scott Pruitt, who’s made it his mission to dismantle our Environmental Protection Agency and roll back important policies that protect our communities.”

“We’re proud to support Betsy’s campaign; she is a champion for our environment, and we think that she will be a welcome voice in Congress to speak up for clean air, clean water, and a more healthy future for our planet,” said Richard Beck, Chair of the Portage Trail Sierra Club Group, which includes Summit and Portage counties.

“By remaining silent, Congressman Joyce is complicit in Scott Pruitt’s efforts to undermine the EPA and important environmental safety standards. Joyce’s voting record demonstrates that he has failed to stand up adequately for the environment, and it’s critical that we replace him with a true advocate for our environment: Betsy Rader,” said Nikki Snider, Chair of the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club Group, which includes Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties.

As Vice Chair of the Russell Township Zoning Commission, Betsy Rader took a lead in designing new conservation zoning that allowed for more environmentally friendly housing development. On the Board of the Geauga Park Foundation, Betsy worked to preserve and conserve green space in our community. She also led the creation of a “land lab” on land adjacent to the local Westwood Elementary School, partnering with the school system, volunteer parents, and the park system to develop trails and an outdoor educational program for the students.


  • Congressman David Joyce has a 7% lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters, putting him in the bottom third of members of Congress who represent districts bordering the Great Lakes. (Source: LCV Scorecard)
  • In September 2017, Joyce voted for a spending bill that cut EPA funding by $500 million and authorized Administrator Scott Pruitt “to withdraw the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS), which sought to protect waterways connected to the drinking water of a third of all Americans.” (Source: Think Progress)
  • In May 2017, Joyce voted for HR 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act. The bill “would gut Clean Water Act protections from pesticide use. The bill would allow for pesticides to be sprayed directly into rivers, lakes, wetlands or streams without a permit, putting communities that swim, fish, drink and do business at risk of being poisoned.” (Sources: Clean Water Action, LCV Scorecard)
    • Scotts Miracle-Gro, the world’s largest marketer of residential use pesticides, is Congressman Joyce’s largest contributor for the 2018 cycle, with employee and PAC contributions totaling $10,500. Joyce has received the 2nd highest number of contributions from Scotts Miracle-Gro of any member of Congress in the 2018 cycle. (Source: Center for Responsive Politics)
    • Scotts Miracle-Gro paid $12.5 million in “criminal fines and civil penalties for violations of federal pesticide laws”, the largest fines under those laws. (Source: Akron Beacon-Journal, EPA)
  • In 2017, Joyce voted to delay “recently-updated standards for ozone pollution and eviscerate a central pillar of the Clean Air Act.” The bill also delayed “the EPA’s ozone standards by at least ten years and double the current five-year review periods for updating all national air quality standards, allowing unhealthy air to persist even longer.” (Source: LCV Scorecard)
  • In 2016, Joyce voted against an amendment to stop a delay for a program that “requires the use of safe practices and actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning in homes and elsewhere” (Source: LCV Scorecard)