To the Editor:
When my husband and I moved to Essex, one of the compelling reasons for doing so was the natural beauty of the Lower Connecticut River Valley. We are fortunate that this area has been protected from major development. In the upcoming election you have an opportunity to choose between two candidates for state senator who share very different views on conservation: the incumbent Art Linares and his challenger Emily Bjornberg.
Mr. Linares received a lifetime score for his voting record by the independent group League of Conservation Voters that ranks the second lowest in the entire state senate. Art may work at a solar energy company, but as an intern to Tea Party Senator Marco Rubio in 2010, he must have picked up some very bad ideas on the role of government in protecting the environment. I cannot believe his voting record on these issues is representative of the people of his district.
Emily has not been ranked by the League as she is not a sitting legislator. However, she is a very committed environmentalist who has served as a member of the Lyme Land Trust for many years. She has been endorsed by State Rep. Phil Miller of Essex, a leading environmental legislator, as well as by Melissa Schlag, now the First Selectman of Haddam and a former Green Party Candidate for the State Senate.
If you appreciate the beauty of our state’s environment, please vote with me for Emily Bjornberg.