Food & Water Action Endorses General Assembly Candidates

Candidates have championed legislation that protects safe water, a sustainable food system, and a livable climate

Today, Food & Water Action endorsed four candidates for Maryland General Assembly: Delegate Lorig Charkoudian (District 20, Montgomery County), Senator Clarence Lam (District 12, Howard County), Delegate Vaughn Stewart (District 19, Montgomery County), and Senator Mary Washington (District 43, Baltimore City). The group is the political arm of the national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch.

Delegate Lorig Charkoudian

Del Charkoudian is a staunch environmentalist and key voice for climate action on the House Economic Matters Committee – the key committee where energy related bills must first pass . She worked relentlessly to pass legislation allowing a groundbreaking Community Choice Energy pilot program to Montgomery County that will bring affordable renewable energy to residents and small businesses throughout the county.

Senator Clarence Lam

Senator Lam has a track record of fighting to protect our climate and health. He’s voted to ban fracking in Maryland, to pass regulations protecting pollinators from harmful pesticides, to require common sense air monitoring at poultry factory farms with the Community Healthy Air Act, and sponsored legislation to place a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms in Maryland.

Delegate Vaughn Stewart

Del Stewart is willing to stand up to powerful industrial agriculture interests and fight for real clean renewable energy. He introduced a moratorium on new and expanding poultry factory farms in 2020, and in 2021 he fought for improved conditions and better inspections for migrant worker housing with the Healthy Farmworkers Act. Most recently, in 2022 he introduced the Reclaim Renewable Energy Act which would remove all polluting dirty energy sources such as trash incineration and factory farm biogas from Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

Senator Mary Washington

Senator Washington successfully fought to pass legislation that stopped Baltimore City from foreclosing on homes because of unpaid water bills and putting them up for tax sale. She also worked to stop third party electric suppliers from “slamming” customers with rates that jump sharply a few months into a contract. She continues fighting to protect the water rights of Baltimore residents and for clean, affordable renewable energy.

Food & Water Action Maryland Organizer Lily Hawkins issued the following statement:

“These candidates are champions for the climate and for the health of Marylanders. Their support for legislation to move us towards truly renewable and affordable energy, a sustainable food system, and fair access to clean water is unparalleled in the General Assembly.  

“We look forward to working with these legislators to continue the important work they do for Maryland. With their commitment to environmental advocacy, Maryland can become a true leader in the fight for clean water, safe food, and a livable climate.”

Contact: Lily Hawkins – [email protected]