All U.S. congressional districts, including the 9th Congressional district of Georgia (GA09), are holding midterm elections on November 6, 2018.

Below are the GA09 candidates challenging incumbent Doug Collins (R). See the candidates’ positions on climate change, below, and in the May 22nd primary and November 6th general elections—vote climate!



Josh McCall (D) – Primary Winner

McCall does not have a position statement on climate change, energy or the environment.

In his infrastructure statement, he mentions the importance of having safe drinking water.



Dave Cooper (D)

Cooper discusses the importance of protecting the environment in his statement on environmental sustainability:

Environmental Sustainability

An environmentalist is someone who: 1) recognizes that the fabric of life is made up of interconnected parts, 2) that this torn fabric is in danger, and 3) we must act now to prevent a broad systems collapse somewhere in the biosphere, upon which all our lives depend. Sustainability uses the precautionary principal, pollution prevention, innovation, and substitution to protect and restore our water, air and soil. Environmental repair is costly and time-consuming. For instance, do Georgians want to wait half of their adult lives for natural forces to repair any off-shore oil-drilling damage that was done in the pursuit of profit, like America suffered in Alaska during the 1989 oil tanker crash and along the Gulf Coast during 2010’s oil rig disaster, or see their pristine Appalachian wilderness slowly eroded by development? I will apply the principals of sustainability to all legislative review.

He has a history as an environmentalist, professionally and personally:

  • Dave began work with US EPA as a strategic planner, but spent most of his EPA career working with communities that were directly impacted by toxic wastes. He conducted public meetings, including perhaps the largest public meeting in EPA history (1,000 participants) for a small, but growing, community that was directly impacted by the spread of asbestos during subdivision construction.
  • Dave designed two of the new homes he lived in and modified a third. His passive solar design was wired by the local utility for monitoring. He modified his second home to test energy efficiency building materials and techniques as part of the State Oregon’s Residential Conservation Demonstration Project. It heated for $200/year. Data from the project fed into the development of modern energy standards for residential construction.
  • He was a freelance journalist for the local newspaper and a State park ranger along the Columbia River.


Endorsement from Sustainable Politician Project

According to his campaign website, Cooper, a self-identified environmentalist, plans to “apply the principles of sustainability to all legislative review.” He defines sustainability as using “the precautionary principle, pollution prevention, innovation, and substitution to protect and restore our water, air, and soil.”

Even better, is Dave also walks the walk! He built and designed his very own passive solar home, so he is already using renewable energy sources for himself. (Then he built a second home and put lots of money into installing new energy-efficient materials, like high-performance windows located in heat-gaining areas. Furthermore, he contracted for Western Solar Utilization Network, an organization that commercializes renewable energy sources AND worked for the EPA for 20 years! If you love sustainbility, reach out to Dave and nerd out with him. He is very enthusiastic about the topic and says, “I could have done an entire campaign just about issues of sustainability.” Dave is an excellent eco-friendly choice.


Our members of Congress are in the best position to solve climate change. Know where your candidates stand on climate change—and vote climate!