I'm an environmental educator who plans to vote for state Rep. Jonathan Steinberg. He knows that our properties and quality of life are inextricably connected to the health of the environment. I've personally observed how he has engaged with organizations such as Wakeman Town Farm, Green Village Initiative and Harbor Watch. He "adopted" Sherwood Island State Park and is an avid supporter of its Nature Center. After Superstorm Sandy, he helped residents apply for FEMA and state grants to repair/upgrade their homes.

In Hartford, he is known as a leader of environmental stewardship. As vice-chairman of the Energy and Technology Committee, he helped write legislation for landmark energy strategies. He played a major role in passing the Comprehensive Water Plan to develop a statewide water quality/use/availability strategy. He led a coalition resulting in a state moratorium on the use, processing, storage/disposal of hydraulic fracking waste.

He worked hard to pass a law forbidding pesticides on school grounds and supports extending this ban to high schools and public parks. His involvement with the Long Island Sound Bi-State legislative Caucus has helped to bring New York and Connecticut together to address environmental, energy and economic issues impacting the Sound.

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters awarded him the title "Legislative Champion" in recognition of his leadership on key bills this past session. The Sierra Club has endorsed him for the third time. Westport could not ask for a more vigorous, effective advocate of environmental responsibility.

Clarinda "Rindy" Higgins