PRESS RELEASE: Conservation Voters for Idaho endorses incumbents Jimmy Hallyburton and Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Strader

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Non-profit praises Boise City Council President and Meridian City Council Member for their conservation efforts

(Boise, Idaho) – Today, Conservation Voters for Idaho, the only conservation organization in Idaho that directly works to elect candidates to office, announced its endorsement of Jimmy Hallyburton and Liz Strader. 

This is the second and third endorsements that CVI have announced this year. In June, CVI announced their endorsement of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, emphasizing her incredible work on initiatives to protect the community’s clean air and water, healthy communities, and shape a liveable city for all.

“Every community has unique challenges that can’t be solved by a one-size-fits-all approach. CVI prioritizes endorsing candidates that center policy around their communities’ individual needs. Council President Hallyburton and Council Member Strader have both found unique ways to push conservation forward in a way that best serves their constituent’s values and needs.” said Rialin Flores, Executive Director of Conservation Voters for Idaho.

Each year, Conservation Voters for Idaho provides independent, bipartisan information to the public on which municipal and state office candidates will champion the conservation issues Idahoans are concerned with: protecting Idaho’s air, water and open space. Candidates are evaluated along the following criteria: knowledge of conservation issues, potential effectiveness to advance sound conservation policy if/when elected to office.

Since being elected in 2019, Hallyburton led the efforts to construct and form the Pathways Master Plan, 112 miles of off-street walking and biking paths that connect the city of Boise. He was also instrumental in helping pass the Modern Zoning Code. In addition, Hallyburton has worked to make trails and playgrounds more accessible so everyone in Boise can enjoy outdoor spaces with safely and conveniently.

In 2020, Strader utilized her background in finance and business to write a Clean Energy Resolution that established a commitment to fiscally responsible environmental stewardship. After its passage, that resolution has led to impactful local solutions, such as a cost-saving conversion to LED street lights, a biosolids drying facility to reduce trips to the landfill, and the capture of biogas at the wastewater treatment plant to repurpose it as fuel in the city of Meridian. These are solutions that protect Meridian’s clean air and water while saving taxpayer dollars.

CVI looks forward to supporting both candidates as they seek reelection to continue to serve the unique needs of their local communities. 

Conservation Voters for Idaho will be announcing more endorsements for the upcoming 2023 municipal election in the coming months. 

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Conservation Voters for Idaho is a statewide bipartisan organization that creates the political environment to protect our natural environment. Conservation Voters for Idaho protects Idaho’s quality of life by electing pro-conservation candidates, advocating for sound environmental policies and holding politicians accountable for their votes on conservation issues. Learn more at