2012 Election Results
The Missouri Sierra Club Takes Action
Missouri Sierra Club Election Campaign Kickoff in St. Louis. State Senator Elect Scott Sifton is at the far right.
The Sierra Club Missouri Chapter was heavily involved in the recent elections.
During the summer we created a Legislative Scorecard which graded incumbent Missouri legislators based on their voting record on issues of environmental importance.
After the Group and Chapter Political Committees went through the process of making thirty six endorsements, we mailed postcards to our members in twenty two tight races. We also phoned these members, and sent them an email. This was just the beginning of our election efforts.
Club members put in more than 155 volunteer shifts during the General Election, including phone-banking to members, as well as in canvassing, mailbanking and candidate screening. We began the campaign with kick-off meetings/mailbanks in all four regions of the state (Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis). We finished with “Green Vote Sunday” on Nov. 4, when we put 34 volunteer canvassers on the street in targeted races.
24 of our 36 endorsees won!
In an extremely close race Sierra Club endorsed candidate Scott Sifton defeated extremist state senator Jim Lembke. The Sifton-Lembke race was our top priority in the St. Louis area, as Lembke had a 0% pro-environmental rating, as opposed to Sifton's 89% rating. In Springfield we help elect Charlie Norr as a new State Representative member.
Five Sierra Club members won seats in the State House: Club members elected include Ira Anders, Sue Meredith, Jeanne Kirkton, Rory Ellinger, and Clem Smith. Club member Jim Evans ran a spirited race for Congress in District 7 (Southwestern Missouri).
All in all, the Missouri Sierra Club made its presence felt this election season.
Below are the full results of the November 6, 2012 election for Sierra Club endorsed candidates in Missouri:
CD=Congressional District S=State Senate H=State House of Representativesves