From George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Aug. 15, 2016: It matters who represents you in the state Legislature. That’s why we support Sen. Pat Jehlen in the Democratic primary on Sept. 8. We are proud to support Sen. Jehlen’s campaign for reelection because of her steadfast leadership on environmental issues and her tireless work on behalf of the people of her district. A vote for Sen. Jehlen is a vote for clean water, breathable air and healthy forests and parks.

LetterPat Jehlen understands the importance of our state investing in clean energy, sustainable transportation and parks to help address climate change, create jobs and build healthier communities. First elected to the state Senate in 2005, Sen. Jehlen has been a strong advocate for environmental protection, public health and the MBTA. She has also led efforts to clean up the Mystic River and protect ratepayers from subsidizing unneeded gas pipelines.

With critical environmental issues confronting the state Legislature this next session, we ask you to please vote in September to return a real environmental champion to Beacon Hill.