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West Va. U.S. Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin applauds police officer resignation following his inflammatory posts on social media

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COAL CITY, WV – U.S. Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin issued the following statement regarding Winfield, W.V. police officer Noah Garcelon’s resignation. Garcelon resigned this week following comments he made on social media about how he might fire at protestors or run them over with a car.

“I hope that as a law enforcement officer, as a member of the National Guard, and as a human being Mr. Garcelon is ashamed of his actions and can see the harm he has caused with his comments. The violence Garcelon suggested in his posts is the same violence that citizens are peacefully protesting against in their calls for justice for George Floyd and for an end to police brutality.

Our nation may be divided politically, but we must unite in solidarity with our black and brown brothers and sisters. We cannot call ourselves a free country if anyone lives in fear for their lives at the hands of a government entity. I am grateful for the peaceful protests throughout West Virginia and this country. 

When people come together, we can root out the scourge of racism. We can address systemic racism and injustices in our society. We can reform our criminal justice system, and we can stand with people of all races and backgrounds to unite around the values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The West Virginia Democratic primary is slated for June 9, 2020.

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information, email [email protected].

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Endorsements roll in for West Virginia US Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin in weeks leading up to primary election

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In recent weeks, Swearengin picked up endorsements from Forward Thinking Democracy, Progressive Democrats for America and a subreddit with half a million members

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COAL CITY, WV – A flurry of endorsements for West Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin point to the strength of her campaign heading into the June 9 primary.

In the past two weeks, Swearengin has added Progressive Democrats for America, Forward Thinking Democracy, and r/SandersforPresident, a Reddit group with more than 500,000 members, to a growing list of organizations who have thrown their support behind her run to unseat Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

“This campaign has always been about the movement for a better future,” said Swearengin, who launched a GOTV tour throughout the Mountain State on June 1. “I am grateful to have the support of these groups and especially of the people of West Virginia. I am proud of what this campaign has accomplished so far, and I know we will defeat Capito in November.”

In addition to those announced recently, organizations both local and national that have signed on to support Swearegin’s campaign include: Brand New Congress, Blue America, Flip the Senate, Save Main Street, Progressives Rising, Future Generations, Women for Bernie, Silvers for Sanders, 90 for 90 and the Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition.

Swearengin also leads the field in primary cycle fundraising, reporting more than $335,000 in the latest FEC reports, far out-pacing any primary challenger.

“Our fundraising far surpasses any of my primary opponents,” said Swearengin, “which means that even during the COVID pandemic, when time and resources are even more scarce for everyday people, citizens are stepping up and saying they are ready for change. We are going to take this fight all the way to November and beyond.” 

The West Virginia Democratic primary is slated for June 9, 2020.

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information, email [email protected].

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Citing WV Can’t Wait Pledge, US Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin calls for primary debate

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Swearengin, the only candidate in her race to sign the pledge, issued a public invitation to her opponents in new video

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COAL CITY, WV – U.S. Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin invited both her primary opponents to debate via livestream before the June 9 election.

“I believe in democracy. As it stands right now, in the democratic primary for U.S. Senate here in West Virginia, we have not had one debate,” Swearengin said in a video released today. “I’m challenging everyone in this democratic primary to a debate because it is the right thing to do. Voters need to know about their choices. Voters need to know about policy. Voters need integrity and consistency.

Swearengin is the only U.S. Senate Candidate in West Virginia who has signed the popular West Virginia Can’t Wait Pledge as well as the People’s Platform pledge that focuses on improving the lives of West Virginians by fighting for statewide broadband, fixing our roads and other important infrastructure, legalizing cannabis, enacting a Workers Bill of Rights and returning our government to one of, by and for the people.

Richard Ojeda, who left his post as a State Representative to launch a failed bid for President before jumping into this race, has refused to debate Swearengin thus far. Ojeda often called for debates with his Republican opponent, Carol Miller, in a Congressional contest in 2018, however. Richie Robb is the third Democrat vying for the chance to take on Sen. Shelley Moore Capito in November.

Swearengin’s call for a debate comes as candidates file FEC fundraising reports for the cycle, where Swearengin reports a haul of more than $335,000, far exceeding either primary opponent.

The West Virginia Democratic primary is slated for June 9, 2020.

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information, email [email protected].

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West Virginia US Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin posts $335K fundraising haul

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Finance reports show Swearengin picked up 13,000 individual donations

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COAL CITY, WV – U.S. Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin raised $335,099 for the primary campaign cycle. Swearengin’s team reports contributions from more than 13,000 individual donors.

“This campaign is about bringing real representation to West Virginians who have been left behind for too long,” said Swearengin. “I am humbled that so many working-class folks have done what they can to support this effort.” 

The average donation to Swearengin’s campaign is $24.33.

Swearengin’s fundraising stands in stark contrast to incumbent Republican Shelley Moore Capito, who, as of May 28, reports just 3.65% of her donations coming from small-dollar donors. Swearengin has pledged to refuse all corporate PAC money and is the only U.S. Senate candidate in West Virginia to sign the West Virginia Can’t Wait Pledge, which, in addition to refusing Dark Money, includes vowing to never cross a picket line or shy away from a candidate debate.

“I have always believed that our government is meant to be one of, by and for the people,” said Swearengin. “And I think this movement we’re part of is really resonating with everyday people who are sick and tired of politicians and corporations putting their bank accounts and profit margins ahead of public interest.”

Local and national forward-thinking organizations have also taken notice of Swearengin’s campaign and her top platform planks: Medicare for All, debt-free pre-K, college and trade schools, and bringing economic diversity to Appalachia. Brand New Congress, Blue America, Save Main Street, Progressive Rising, Women for Bernie, Silvers for Sanders, 90 for 90, and the Eastern Panhandle Green Coalition are among the groups publicly backing Swearengin’s run for Moore Capito’s seat.

“Our fundraising far surpasses any of my primary opponents,” said Swearengin, “which means that even during the COVID pandemic, when time and resources are even more scarce for everyday people, citizens are stepping up and saying they are ready for change. We are going to take this fight all the way to November and beyond.” 

The West Virginia Democratic primary is slated for June 9, 2020.

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information, email [email protected].

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Us Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin Calls On Gov. Justice To Act To Prevent Further Spread Of COVID In West Virginia Correctional Facilities

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COAL CITY, WV – Following reports of dozens of people testing positive for COVID-19 at the Huntsville Correctional Center, U.S. Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin issued a petition imploring West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to take steps to mitigate further spread.

Prisons and correctional facilities are documented hotbeds of COVID spread. Estimates indicate more than 30,000 people — inmates and facility staff — have tested positive for COVID at correctional facilities throughout the United States. 

Until this month, West Virginia had no known cases in correctional facilities. 

“I don’t believe our correctional facilities have to suffer the same fate as those in other states,” said Swearengin, who is running for U.S. Senate to face Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. “If Gov. Justice and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation act now, we can minimize the outbreaks in these facilities and keep inmates and staff safe.”

Swearengin’s petition calls for the DOCR to release its full COVID-19 response plan, something it has refused to do previously. The DOCR released a redacted version in April, noting the redactions were for “safety” reasons. In addition, Swearengin calls on Justice to release non-violent offenders who can be safely monitored outside facility walls.

“Gov. Justice has now ordered the testing of all 1,000-plus inmates at the Huntsville facility, but that is not enough,” said Swearengin. “Social distancing is not possible in some facilities, and it puts staff and inmates at risk. The governor has the authority to stop the spread of this virus in our correctional facilities.”

The West Virginia Democratic primary is slated for June 9, 2020.

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information, email [email protected].

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Paula Jean Swearengin Releases Video Series Targeting Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

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Titled ‘The More Y’all Know’, the ongoing series of short clips highlights Capito’s voting record on Medicare, Equal Pay and Pell Grants

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COAL CITY, WV – US Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin is taking on Senator Shelley Moore Capito in a new bite-sized video series called “The More Y’all Know.” Focused on Capito’s voting record and showcases the stark contrast in policy stances between the two women.

“Did you know that Shelley Moore Capito has voted against women’s rights for Equal Pay three times?” Swearengin asks in the first episode. “I will always stand for women to have equal rights.”

Swearenegin, who has pledged to refuse all Dark Money and run a people-powered campaign, has outraised all her primary opponents in small-dollar donations, according to FEC filings. She’s running on a platform that includes Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and debt-free public education. 

The More You Know Episodes 2 and 3 discuss Capito’s votes to cut Medicare and Pell Grant funding respectively.

The first three Episodes can be found here.

The West Virginia Democratic primary is slated for June 9, 2020.

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information, email [email protected].

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Paula Jean Swearengin To Join Congressional Candidates Across The Country For Virtual Forums May 16, 17

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For Immediate Release
May 15, 2020

COAL CITY, WV – With less than four weeks until the West Virginia primary, U.S. Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin will join fellow congressional candidates for two forums this weekend.

Bread and Butter Politics: Putting People First. A conversation about progressive policy
with Paula Jean Swearengin, U.S. Senate Candidate (WV), Betsy Sweet, U.S. Senate Candidate (ME), Kimberly Graham, U.S. Senate Candidate (IA), Lawrence Hamm, U.S. Senate (NJ) and Albert Lee, U.S. House Candidate (OR-3)
WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m. EST
WHERE: Live stream (fb.com/PaulaJean2020)

Organizing in a Crisis – Town Hall hosted by the People’s Power Movement
with Paula Jean Swearengin, U.S. Senate Candidate (WV), Shahid Buttar, U.S. House Candidate (CA-12), Cori Bush (MO-1) and other guests TBA
WHEN: Sunday, May 17, 7 p.m. EST
WHERE: Live stream (fb.com/PaulaJean2020)

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information email [email protected].

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U.S. Senate candidate Paula Jean Swearengin ‘not surprised’ Sen. Capito voted to continue warrantless government spying

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For Immediate Release
May 14, 2020

COAL CITY, WV – United States Senate Candidate Paula Jean Swearengin has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate vote on the Wyden-Daines amendment.

“The Patriot Act has condoned unwarranted prying of the United States government into the private lives of American Citizens for nearly two decades. I am not surprised that West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin voted down the amendment that would have disallowed law enforcement from spying on our internet search histories. Their voting records show that they value government overreach over citizen privacy time and time again.

West Virginians need representatives in Washington, D.C. who value every American’s right to privacy. When I am Senator, I intend to fight for things that all West Virginians need. Things like comprehensive broadband, investment in public infrastructure and a renewable energy future. I won’t be fighting to hand our government limitless power to violate our basic rights to privacy.”

Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin is a coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter who has been fighting for clean water, clean air and a diverse economy for the Appalachian community for decades. Swearengin is fighting for bold policies that diversify West Virginia’s economy including the Federal Jobs Guarantee, and the Reclaim Act that would renew abandoned coal towns and bring more jobs and small businesses to West Virginia. She supports federal funding and grants to rebuild and expand infrastructure, create statewide broadband and entice new industry to West Virginia.

For more information email [email protected].

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