NC Sierra Club Endorses Jonathan Barfield and Rob Zapple


For Immediate Release

August 29, 2012

NC Sierra Club Endorses Jonathan Barfield and Rob Zapple

Conservation Group Backs Two Candidates in the At-Large Race

Wilmington, NC - The Cape Fear Group of the North Carolina Sierra Club today announced the endorsements of Jonathan Barfield, Jr. and Rob Zapple in the 2012 election for New Hanover County Commissioner.

“We are confident that these candidates will work to create a sustainable future for New Hanover County that will bring well-paying jobs and stimulate the economy while protecting our air and water," said Cape Fear Group Chair Mac Montgomery.

Commissioner Barfield is a strong advocate for the environment and has consistently worked on actions to improve both air and water quality in our community.  Barfield is  emphatic in his opposition to increased toxic emissions and ensuring that future growth protect New Hanover residents. The commissioner has made it clear that he is opposed to any contamination that may result from the proposed cement operation of Titan Cement.

“Commissioner Barfield is dedicated to attracting jobs and investment in our communities and recognizes that North Carolina’s clean air, clean water and special places are key components of building a better economy,” added Montgomery.

Mr. Zapple is committed to improving New Hanover County, as is evident through his tireless work with the Thalian Hall Association and WHQR public radio station.  As a home builder and small business owner, Zapple leads with his environmental principles as a board member of the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance.  As a candidate, Zapple has demonstrated the need to limit negative environmental impacts of new and existing businesses, understanding that clean air and water are essential components of prosperous communities.

“Electing Mr. Zapple will add another strong voice for our beaches, rivers, and environment in New Hanover County,” said Montgomery.

Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Barfield’s and Zapple’s campaign.  "We will work hard to ensure Jonathan Barfield and Rob Zapple are elected to the New Hanover Board of County Commissioners." stated Aileen Wu Viorel,  Cape Fear Group Political Committee Chair.

Sierra Club volunteers will contact voters on both candidates behalf and will speak to the public about their role in the future of our County.  “We look forward to continuing our work with Commissioner Barfield and Mr. Zapple on the County Commission following their well deserved election in November," added Viorel.


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