Sierra Club endorses Mike McGinn for Seattle mayor

The Sierra Club is endorsing longtime environmental champion Mike McGinn in the primary election for Seattle mayor on August 1.

Mike McGinn has a proven track record of using the mayor’s office to advance a bold and visionary agenda rooted in the Sierra Club’s values. That includes writing a new Transit Master Plan and beginning the development of new city-built rail lines, using a race and social justice lens to prioritize city spending including on environmental and climate programs, promoting sustainable building development and measures to reduce energy usage in existing buildings, and launching the city’s Climate Action Plan.

Since leaving office in 2013 McGinn has continued to be a leader in the movement for climate justice. He’s worked to stop coal and oil exports, joined the movement to get rid of the Shell Oil drilling rig hosted by the Port of Seattle, and advocated for public institutions in Seattle and across America to divest from fossil fuel companies. In a second term, McGinn will continue to address Seattle’s environmental and climate needs by, among other pledges, accelerating the development of light rail, building more affordable housing, and continuing the work of divesting city funds from fossil fuel companies.

The Sierra Club has also endorsed Teresa Mosqueda and Lorena Gonzalez for Seattle City Council, as announced in May.