Food & Water Action Endorses Dan Helmer For Virginia State Assembly

August 23, 2019

For Immediate Release: August 23, 2019
 Jorja Rose, [email protected], 202-683-2483
Jackie Filson, [email protected], 202-683-2538

Richmond, VA– Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Dan Helmer for reelection to the Virginia State Assembly in the 40th District.

Virginia needs visionaries like Helmer to address urgent issues like properly funding public education and investing in our infrastructure to modernize the state’s aging roadways and water systems.

Helmer also believes that Virginia must transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035 to offset the impacts of climate change, while also creating an industry to bring thousands of new jobs to the state. To do that, Helmer agrees that Virginia must also stop allowing new pipelines and fracked gas infrastructure to be built in the Commonwealth.

Helmer’s opponent, Tim Hugo, flip-flopped on an ambitious renewable energy bill in the 2019  legislative session (HB 1635) that would have set Virginia on track to 100% renewables. In fact, Hugo believes in an “all of the above” approach to energy which favors fracked gas, coal, and nuclear industries that have been causing health and environmental issues in Virginia for decades. This is not surprising given that Hugo is one of the top recipients of Dominion Energy campaign cash from 1998 to 2008.

“Dan Helmer will be a champion for Fairfax and Prince William Counties, and help lead Virginia to the healthy, clean, and equitable future voters deserve,” said Jorge Aguilar, Food & Water Action’s Southern Region Director. “In 2020, Virginia will have to make a decision: commit to 100% clean, renewable energy and or continue to bend to the will of dirty energy with new pipelines and reliance on outdated fracked gas. We believe with Helmer out front, Virginia has a chance to finally break free from debilitating industry ties and finally put people and communities first.”