State Rep Ray Franz Named to National Dirty Dozen

Rep. Ray Franz

Washington, D.C.—Michigan State Representative Ray Franz (R – Onekama) was named to the national League of Conservation Voters’ state “Dirty Dozen” list today, which lists 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates in the country.

Franz, who represents northern Michigan’s 101st State House district along the Lake Michigan shoreline, voted to put his own district under a restrictive public land cap, open up sensitive sand dunes to expanded development, remove permitting requirements along Great Lakes beaches which prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, and to prevent Michigan's agencies from adopting Great Lakes protections stronger than the federal government's.

Additionally, at a time when Michigan citizens are demanding that more of their energy come from renewable sources, Rep. Franz introduced a bill to repeal Michigan's existing renewable energy standard.

"Ray Franz represents one of the most beautiful stretches of Great Lakes shoreline in northern Michigan, but he has consistently voted to weaken the laws which protect the Great Lakes and the beaches, sand dunes and forests at the heart of his district's tourism economy," said Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV).

National LCV solicited input from its more than 30 state partners from among hundreds of candidates running for governor, state senate and state house. The candidates selected for this state-level Dirty Dozen represent some of the most anti-environment politicians running in competitive races this year.

“From Congress to the state house, there has never been a more urgent need to defeat politicians who stand with corporate polluters and oppose vital environmental safeguards,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “With the current U.S. House of Representatives the most anti-environment in our nation’s history, it is especially critical that we elect strong environmental leaders at the state and local level to continue to make progress towards a clean energy future.”

LCV's national Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.