LINCOLN, NE – At a news conference today in Lincoln, the Nebraska Conservation Voters (NCV) announced their endorsement of Leirion Gaylor Baird for Mayor of Lincoln in the upcoming May 7 city elections. The group also announced their support for James Michael Bowers in the District 1 race for City Council, Megan Stock in District 2, incumbent Jane Raybould in District 3, and Tammy Ward in District 4.

“NCV believes that what we do on the local level can have a profound impact on conserving and protecting our natural resources, and that we can trust these candidates to protect our health and safety if elected this May,” said Eliot Bostar, NCV’s Executive Director.

According to Bostar, NCV’s support for Gaylor Baird is based on her proven record of action to protect the environment while serving on the Lincoln City Council.

Gaylor Baird said, “Nebraska Conservation Voters does vital work within our community to improve awareness of conservation issues, and I am proud to have their support.”

The Nebraska Conservation Voters and their national affiliate, League of Conservation Voters (LCV), previously endorsed Raybould during her Senate run in 2018.

“I am proud of my 8 years of service on the County Board and the City Council where I have moved our city forward on reducing energy consumption in our public buildings, expanding recycling, and supporting renewable energy,” Raybould said.

Tammy Ward commented, “I’m grateful for NCV’s endorsement. As your next city councilwoman, I will work with community leaders, business owners, the new mayor and my colleagues on the Council to support policies that preserve our unparalleled quality of life by keeping Lincoln a sustainable community. That includes continuing to implement robust recycling programs, planting community gardens, conserving water and energy resources and continuing to transition towards cleaner energy.”

Megan Stock said, “I believe it is critical that we take environmental sustainability seriously. In a lot of areas, government moves at a leisurely pace. But when it comes to climate change and our environment, we don’t have that luxury. I want to serve on the city council because I want to make certain we preserve a healthy environment for our children and our grandchildren. I am honored to have the endorsement of the Nebraska Conservation Voters.”

James Michael Bowers said, “I’m honored to have the support of groups that fight for policies that ensure our children inherit a world with clean water, reliable energy, and sustainable communities.”

“These endorsements signify that there are clear choices to make in this year’s election when it comes to our environment and taking action on climate change,” Bostar said.

NCV also unveiled their new organizational rebrand at the news conference. The rebranding includes a redesign of the organization’s website –, logo, graphics, correspondence, and communications. NCV’s new brand assets now include a shield to symbolize the nonprofit’s strong commitment to defending Nebraska’s natural resources. NCV’s new brand is also defined by the use of a deep maroon, symbolizing the organization’s bipartisan approach to defending Nebraska’s land, air, and water.

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