For Immediate Release
October 19, 2017
Sierra Club Endorses Sue Chalifoux Zephir for State Senate
Leominster, MA — The Sierra Club has endorsed Democrat Sue Chalifoux Zephir in the race for the Worcester & Middlesex State Senate seat.
“As the federal government avoids dealing with the threat of climate change, it’s critical that state leaders do more to protect our environment,” said Sue Chalifoux Zephir. “Not only do we have a moral obligation to protect our air, water, and natural resources for future generations, the growing clean energy industry is a great opportunity for economic growth in North Central Massachusetts. I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Sierra Club in this race.”
“Sue began her career in public service fighting to preserve open space and protect clean water in North Central Massachusetts,” said Bill Humphrey, Chair of the Massachusetts Sierra Club's Political Committee. “In the State Senate, she’ll stand up to special interests and support policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption, encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency, create new jobs in the green energy economy, and protect open space.”
“Massachusetts must be more aggressive if we are going to achieve the goals of the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050,” continued Chalifoux Zephir. “From expanded commuter rail and bus service to electric vehicle infrastructure, I’ll support policies and technologies that help reduce the carbon impact of our transportation sector, which is now the largest greenhouse gas emitter in our economy.”
In addition to serving as a Leominster city councilor for eight years, Chalifoux Zephir is Executive Director of Ginny’s Helping Hand, a community-based food pantry that serves individuals and families across North Central Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Assumption College and her MBA from Simmons College, and previously worked in public television as a production and business manager. Sue is married to Ed Zephir, a local business owner, and is the mother of three grown girls and a first-time grandmother to baby Winnie.