Conservation Voters of South Carolina issued the following release:
July 11, 2013
Columbia, SC – Conservation Voters of South Carolina endorses Charleston attorney, Marlon Kimpson, as the best choice for conservation minded voters in the special election for the District 42 seat in Charleston and North Charleston.
Kimpson has pledged to fight for programs like the South Carolina Conservation Bank that has permanently protected almost 200,000 acres of land. “In the past, funds from the Bank have been primarily used to protect important ecological and recreational assets,” observed Kimpson. “In the future, I believe we have a tremendous opportunity to also use bank funding to support the revitalization of agriculture by helping stabilize the rural land base and re-capitalizing small and medium-sized farmers.”
Kimpson will also fight for more market competition in the energy sector and insist on greater access to solar power and solar leasing. Former CVSC Board Chair and District resident, Carol Ervin, added “Marlon has the integrity we expect and the vision we need to get things done in the Senate for the Lowcountry. He believes that conservation and economic development can be parallel paths toward a prosperous future.”
CVSC Executive Director, Ann Timberlake added “Marlon Kimpson will be a voice of reason at the State House. He values our natural resources for their beauty and for their impact on our economy: farming, forestry, tourism and outdoor recreation provide one in four of the jobs in South Carolina.”
Since 2002, Conservation Voters has been turning traditional conservation values into state priorities. The independent bipartisan organization holds elected leaders accountable and publishes a biennial Conservation Scorecard.