The Sierra Club announced its endorsement of State Senator Holly Mitchell for Los Angeles County’s 2nd Supervisorial District in the 2020 election.
“The Sierra Club is proud to endorse State Senator Holly Mitchell for Los Angeles County Supervisor for her demonstrated leadership on the environment in the state legislature,” said David Haake, Chair of the West Los Angeles Group of the Sierra Club. “Holly has been a true champion of environmental justice, an issue of particular concern to the residents of the 2nd District.”
In 2014, Senator Mitchell carried SB 1132, a bill to establish a moratorium on fracking and she worked hard to get that bill passed. She later became the first African American to chair the powerful Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and has worked closely with the Sierra Club on specific issues related to the budget.
In particular, Senator Mitchell has been one of the Sierra Club’s strongest allies on challenging the oil and gas industry. She supported legislation that prohibits oil drilling in state waters (SB 834), increases investments in our natural ecosystem (SB30), and places California on track to 100% renewable energy by 2045 (SB 100).
As a result, Senator Mitchell has consistently received the Sierra Club’s endorsement for election, both to the State Assembly and the State Senate, and she has always earned extremely high scores on the yearly report cards issued by Sierra Club California.
Holly Mitchell demonstrates a real knowledge of and commitment to a broad range of environmental issues facing the district and the best means to address them. Recently, she sent a letter to the City of Los Angeles in support of adopting a 2,500-foot distance setback to separate oil and gas extraction operations from homes and schools.
The Sierra Club is confident that Holly Mitchell will continue to be a leader and strong advocate for Angelenos when it comes to the challenges we face, including the Inglewood Oil Field, air and water pollution, and actualizing the Fossil Fuel Free goal within L.A. County’s bold sustainability plan.