Sierra Club Endorses Lierman For Comptroller

    The Maryland chapter of the environmental advocacy group the Sierra Club endorsed Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City) for comptroller Wednesday, citing her track record on climate issues in the General Assembly.

    Lierman has sponsored several bills aimed at tackling climate change, including 2019 legislation banning Styrofoam food service products. During the 2021 legislative session, she also sponsored an unsuccessful effort to prohibit stores from providing plastic carryout bags to customers starting in July 2022. That legislative record, coupled with a set of environmental policy proposals, won her the Sierra Club’s endorsement.

    Lierman wants to use the comptroller’s position on Maryland’s powerful Board of Public Works spending body to procure more energy efficient buildings and vehicles, and has said she will support offshore wind development if elected. She has also pledged to create a “Climate Resilience Officer” within the comptroller’s office to look at best practices, according to her campaign website.

    Rosa Hance, the chair of the Sierra Club of Maryland, said in a statement that Lierman “has a vision for the role of equity and sustainability for the Maryland Comptroller’s Office and the experience as a leader in the Maryland General Assembly to get the job done.”

    The Wednesday announcement marks the first endorsement of a statewide candidate from the Sierra Club Maryland for the 2022 election cycle, according to the release. A slew of local and statewide elected officials, including many of her Democratic colleagues from the General Assembly, have endorsed Lierman so far.

    Lierman is one of two announced candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for comptroller, with incumbent Peter V.R. Franchot (D) pursuing a gubernatorial bid. Bowie Mayor Timothy J. Adams (D), a wealthy defense contractor, has also announced a comptroller bid. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman (R) remains the lone declared Republican comptroller candidate.

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    Bennett Leckrone
    Leckrone is a December 2019 graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He has interned at The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Columbus Dispatch, PennLive.com, The Dayton Daily News and The Troy Daily News. Leckrone is a Report for America corps member.