CVNM & CVNM Action Fund Endorsement Process
The goal of CVNM & CVNM Action Fund’s endorsement process is to use the power of endorsements and political action to implement and reinforce our cycle of accountability to build the strongest possible conservation representation at the state level. To achieve this goal, our endorsement process is methodical, predictable, and based on consistent data and objective criteria.
Highlights from our endorsement policy:
- CVNM does not endorse in uncontested races.
- Our endorsement decisions always start with evaluating the performance of incumbents; if incumbents are representing the conservation values of their constituents appropriately, then challengers are not considered.
- Challengers are evaluated based on the viability of their campaign and conservation values, which CVNM determines via questionnaire, past record and any other available information.
- Open seats are a high priority for a rigorous endorsement process. They often represent the best opportunity for converting anti-conservation seats, and they are vital for protecting our pro-conservation representation where the departing incumbent was a champion or ally.
- Questionnaires are offered to: candidates in open seats, appointed incumbents for whom we have an insufficient record, and viable challengers to poorly-performing incumbents. In the questionnaire, candidates are questioned on topics including environmental health, quality of life, energy, water, land use, transportation, wildlife and wilderness.
- Our endorsement process is conducted separately for the primary and general elections; where there is not a contested primary, general election candidate questionnaires are distributed after the primary elections have concluded.