Priority Candidates

2016 Priority Candidates

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Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s 2016 Top Targeted U.S. House Races

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Brad Schneider (D) – IL 10 – Challenger
LCV score Life: 90%
  • Cook Political Report: Republican Toss-up
  • PVI D+8
  • Roll Call: Toss-up
Opponent: Bob Dold
LCV score: 2015: 37% Life: 45%
“I think a carbon tax is an example of a market mechanism and I think there are ways we can use the market that will create incentives for companies and consumers to lower their emissions. Yes,” said Brad Schneider, indicating his support for a carbon tax to fight climate change.” “Brad Schneider’s support of a carbon tax is a bold, leadership position in a swing district. His election will contribute to a majority in Congress for action on climate change. That is why Brad Schneider is one of our top 3, priority U.S. House candidates in the 2016 elections,” said Karyn Strickler, president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC. • READ MORE

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Carol Shea-Porter (D) – NH 1 – Challenger
LCV score Life: 96%
  • Cook Political Report: Republican Toss-up
  • PVI R+1
  • Roll Call: Tilts Democratic
Opponent: Frank Guinta
LCV score: 2015: 6% Life: 10%
On her website, Carol Shea-Porter said, “The fact is that the government does have an important role to play in stopping climate change…We must break our dependence on oil for environmental and security reasons, and we must do it now…The time to protect our environment and act on climate change is now.” Karyn Strickler, president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC said, “Shea-Porter was a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. She voted to enforce limits on carbon dioxide pollution, the main driver of climate change and for tax incentives for renewable energy. Her opponent voted to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. That is why Carol Shea-Porter is one of our top 3, priority U.S. House candidates in the 2016 elections.” • READ MORE

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Emily Cain (D) – ME-2 – Challenger
LCV score N/A
  • Cook Political Report: Republican Toss-up
  • PVI D+2
  • Roll Call: Toss-up
Opponent: Bruce Poliquin
LCV score: 2015: 9% Life: 9%
“I would definitely support a carbon tax…” said Emily Cain in a forum in Lewiston, Maine. “Emily Cain has demonstrated she understands that a carbon tax is one of the most effective tools for fighting climate change. That is why she is one of our top 3, top priority U.S. House candidates in 2016,” said Karyn Strickler, president of Vote Climate U.S. PAC. Strickler added, “Cain is showing electoral strength in a tough, swing district. Vote Climate U.S. PAC encourages our supporters to help elect Emily Cain by getting the word out on her candidacy, and her race’s importance to climate action in the U.S. Congress.” • READ MORE


Special thanks to our volunteer Jake Assael for his candidate research.

Vote Climate U.S. PAC
2016 Priority Candidates

Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s mission is to elect candidates to get off fossil fuels and to put a price on carbon. We don’t choose our top priority candidates from safe districts. Nor do we choose districts to challenge climate change deniers who cannot be defeated.

We pick our top priority candidates from swing districts and states where victory means we’re on the cutting edge, increasing our voting bloc and leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. We chose our 2016 priority U.S. House and U.S. Senate races to position climate change as a powerful, electoral issue.

Priority races are chosen from hotly contested, swing districts where:

  • Victory is not guaranteed and support from climate voters and activists could make all the difference.
  • Climate change is a pivotal issue that could be the difference between victory and defeat.
  • Priority candidates are leaders on the issue and there is a sharp distinction between them and their opponent on climate change.
  • Victory could make a difference for the issue by electing a climate leader.

Please be a part of the electoral movement for federal action on climate change with Vote Climate U.S. PAC.

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    • Go door-door
    • Make phone calls
    • Help Get-Out-The-Vote
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