The environment is our issue
Like you, all of us here at Conservation Voters for Idaho share a deep passion for protecting Idaho’s environment and, like you, we know that the best chance we have in that endeavor is to elect strong conservation champions to office.
Each year, Conservation Voters for Idaho provides independent, nonpartisan information to the public and our 20,000 members as to which candidates running for municipal and state offices are going to champion the issues they care about – protecting Idaho’s water, air and natural places.
Applicants for endorsement for the 2023 Municipal Election are open until September 15th. Our endorsement is not just a badge, but a partnership in our shared mission to advance conservation in local and state government. CVI provides resources and support to ensure our endorsed candidates are successful in their campaigns.
Conservation Voters for Idaho endorsement cycles are distinct, meaning candidates will need to apply even if they’ve been endorsed in previous years.
Process and considerations for candidate endorsements:
➢ BIPARTISANSHIP : CVI will maintain bipartisanship in making endorsement decisions.
➢ VIABILITY : CVI will make a viability assessment for each candidate upfront. This assessment will be based on several factors including, but not limited to: leadership in their community, written campaign plan, fundraising success, district candidate is running in, credibility, and percentage of win or loss in the previous election. When determining viability, CVI may inquire with opinion leaders and other elected officials.
➢ PAST ACTIONS : When evaluating an incumbent CVI will evaluate the candidate’s voting record from recent and past legislative sessions. At this time CVI will not require a specific minimum score for an endorsement but will evaluate voting records and consider the context of the candidate and the district. In addition, CVI will evaluate any previous co-sponsorship or leadership for pro-conservation initiatives or active leadership in defeating anti-environmental initiatives.
➢ INCUMBENT ENDORSEMENTS : Incumbents who have been previously endorsed with a proven record of supporting conservation may not be required to fill out a candidate
questionnaire. In some circumstances, previously endorsed candidates may be asked to complete a new questionnaire.
➢ KNOWLEDGE OF ISSUES : Endorsed candidates will have a working knowledge of environmental issues and commitment to protecting clean water, clean air, and open space.
➢ QUESTIONNAIRES : CVI will actively encourage completion of our questionnaire only in candidate races we have an interest in. The questionnaire form will be accessible publicly online. Any candidates who complete the questionnaire who are in races that CVI did not actively identify as “of interest” will be considered according to the guidelines herein.
➢ INTERVIEWS : The CVI staff and board will conduct candidate interviews where it is deemed necessary.
➢ EFFECTIVENESS : CVI will assess a candidate’s ability to work with and support the conservation community in efforts to advance the goals of conservation and environmental protection. We will also evaluate a candidate’s ability to work collaboratively within the context of elected office or other positions of leadership to support pro-conservation positions.