Clean Water Action Endorses Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner


Leading state environmental group with 25,000 Travis County members supports Brigid Shea

December 7, 2013 — Austin, Texas —Clean Water Action, one of Texas’ most renowned environmental groups, announced this week it is endorsing Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner.

“It is difficult to imagine a more qualified candidate than Brigid for this position,” said David Foster, State Director for Clean Water Action. “She brings a wealth of expertise, a proven record of building consensus among diverse stakeholders, and a genuine passion to protect our environment and quality of life. We need energetic leadership on the Commissioners Court, and that's why we are endorsing Brigid Shea.”

For 25 years, Shea has advocated for stronger local and regional environmental protection laws. Shea moved to Austin in 1988 to help launch the Texas chapter of Clean Water Action which continues working today to help protect our environment, health, economy, and quality of life.As an Austin City Council member from 1993-1996, Shea championed consumer, electoral and environmental reforms. She also co-founded the Save Our Springs Alliance and has worked tirelessly to help Austin citizens understand the connection between preserving our environment and maintaining a strong economy.

“I’m honored to have Clean Water Action’s endorsement,” Shea said. “This group has demonstrated year after year its ability to focus citizens concerns into effective work at the State Legislature, at City Council, and all other levels of government. Clean Water Action has a long record of successfully protecting our region’s water quality and quantity. This endorsement was an essential one for a Travis County Commissioner candidate to receive. Again, I’m honored to be endorsed by this group.”

As Travis County Commissioner, Shea intends to use her extensive knowledge of environmental protection policy to affect change at the county, city and state level. From the allocation of water from our lakes to conservation efforts and wastewater recycling, Shea will present innovative solutions for dealing with our region’s dwindling water supply.

“Drought, a changing climate and population growth demand that we implement a comprehensive regional plan to protect the quality and supply of our water. Brigid will help provide it," said Foster. “Clean Water Action will be actively working to elect her. We need Brigid Shea on the commissioners court fighting for a sustainable future.” 

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