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RE: E-M:/ It's a great New Day in Brownstown Township for the Environment!!!!

Hear, hear!  It is critical for local community elected officials to know that they will be supported by their constituents in situations like this, and this win has ramifications statewide as a result.  Thanks to all who put in the effort!


Anne Woiwode, State Director

Sierra Club Mackinac (Michigan) Chapter

From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net [mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of David Holtz
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 9:28 AM
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: Re: E-M:/ It's a great New Day in Brownstown Township for the Environment!!!!


Members of Sierra Club and Clean Water Action may have made the difference in this extremely close race.  GTrustee Ed Neal beat back the recall by 89 votes and Treasurer Diane Philpot by just 37 votes.  Both environmental groups opposed the recall, which was an attempt by developers to reverse pro-environment land use and other policies advocated by Neal and Philpot.  Clean Water Action, with more than 1,000 members in Brownstown Township, worked with Sierra Club grassroots activists who led the anti-recall effort, and contacted hundreds of members by email and phone prior to Tuesday's election.  Thanks to Mary LaFrance to providing the spark and the grit that helped make this victory possible.

Mary La France wrote:

Thanks to every one of you for all your support, tireless phone calling, meetings etc. Brownstown Township will retain its environmentally friendly township officials, Treasurer Diane Philpot and Trustee Ed Neal. It was a very close election which means that the grass roots work really paid off!  Check out today's Detroit News for the story.


The developers' well funded campaign against the common citizen shows what people power can do.