For Immediate Release, June 10, 2020

Contact: Patrick Donnelly, (702) 483-0449,

Propelled by a Strong Climate Message, Patricia Ackerman Wins NV-02 Democratic Primary

RENO, Nev.— With a commanding victory in a seven-way race, former high-altitude mountaineer Patricia Ackerman has won the Nevada 2nd congressional district Democratic primary.

Ackerman, who lives in rural Douglas County and cites public lands as her “sanctuary,” ran a campaign with a focused message for bold action on climate, including support for the Green New Deal. She will face public lands enemy Republican Rep. Mark Amodei in the November election.

“We’re thrilled that Patricia won this primary, propelled by a bold vision for addressing climate change,” said Patrick Donnelly, Nevada political director at the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund. “Now more than ever we need courageous leaders in Washington to save our climate and biodiversity. Patricia’s primary win is proof that Nevada voters care deeply about our future and won’t accept timid proposals and half measures in the battle to protect our planet.”

Ackerman took numerous stances during the primary that are in line with top priorities for northern Nevada’s environmental community, including running an important op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal calling for development in Washoe County to “align climate and housing goals.”

She was also endorsed by the Sunrise Movement Reno hub, and the Green New Deal featured prominently in her campaign.

“Mark Amodei has been a disgrace for Nevada’s climate, wildlife and public lands and is a shill for the fossil fuel industry,” said Donnelly. “Patricia Ackerman is our best chance to throw him out of office and bring a true environmentalist to Washington, and we will throw our wholehearted support behind her to get her there.”

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, not the Center for Biological Diversity.