Influential grassroots environmental organization joins other progressives in backing more experienced candidate
The Sierra Club endorsed Democrat Sarah Eckhardt for Travis County Judge, joining the Laborers International Union of North America, Faith Action for Women in Need, Capital Tejano Democrats, and Yeller Dawg Democrats in supporting her campaign. Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
“Eckhardt’s experience with county government—along with her positions on environmental issues—makes her our preferred choice for the County’s top office,” said Sierra Club Vice Chair Roy Waley.
Eckhardt’s father, legendary environmentalist and Democratic Congressman Bob Eckhardt, instilled in her a deep appreciation for our natural beauty and heritage and our responsibility to protect it. As County Commissioner, Eckhardt continued the family legacy of public service by working to protect finite natural resources.
“I was honored to have Sierra Club’s endorsement when I ran for Travis County Commissioner in 2010, and I am just as honored to get their endorsement now,” Eckhardt said. “Sierra Club members are on the front lines of the fight to protect our water, air, and open spaces. I look forward to turning their proud history of activism into public policy that serves all the people of Travis county.”
A Democrat, Sarah Eckhardt is the only candidate in the race for County Judge with a proven record of winning key environmental victories. Sarah worked to complete the Balcones Canyonland Preserve and brought more trails, parks, and open space to Travis County. She opposed allowing more trash to be dumped in eastern Travis County, helped pass tough water quality standards, and held corporate polluters accountable by helping secure a 3.5 million dollar settlement to clean up Hamilton Pool after it had been illegally polluted. As Travis County Judge, Eckhardt will work with Sierra Club and environmentalists to continue protecting Travis County’s natural beauty, finite resources, and heritage.
Sierra Club’s endorsement of Sarah Eckhardt underscores that she is the most qualified and experienced candidate and will best protect our environment and natural resources.
“Eckhardt promises action on major issues facing this rapidly growing county,” continued Waley. “She favors a modernized transportation system for more efficiency with less pollution. She will provide leadership needed to protect our vulnerable water supply. She recognizes the global climate problem is real, and wants county government to help out by purchasing more renewable ‘green’ energy.”
Sarah Eckhardt followed in the footsteps of her father, Congressman Bob Eckhardt, and became a public interest attorney after graduating from The University of Texas School of Law in 1998. Eckhardt has served the public for 15 years. In the County Attorney’s Office, she secured protective orders for domestic violence victims. Eckhardt won a seat on the County Commissioners Court in 2006. She lives in Central Austin with her husband Kurt, who is also an attorney, and her two children, Hank and Nadine. She is an adjunct professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
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