“I need Paula Jean in the Senate with me, and I hope the people of West Virginia will support her,” said Bernie Sanders in a statement. Sanders, who won every county in West Virginia in the 2016 West Virginia presidential primary, is endorsing Paula Jean Swearengin in her bid to win a seat in the US Senate.

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“I’m honored that our campaign has been endorsed by Bernie Sanders,” said Paula Jean Swearengin. “In West Virginia, far too many of us don’t have any share in America’s prosperity, no matter how hard we work. And it’s not just that we don’t have broadband or cell service. A lot of us don’t have even the most basic infrastructure like maintained roads, clean running water or functioning sewer.”

Like Sanders, Paula Jean supports Medicare for All and a living wage.

“We believe that every state in this country should offer hardworking folks the opportunity to build a good life for themselves,“ Paula Jean explained. “But here in West Virginia, we’ve been treated as a sacrifice zone, as collateral damage, for far too long while our wealth is shipped out of our communities.”

Sanders explained, “It’s hard to overestimate the power of Paula Jean becoming West Virginia’s next senator. If a strong progressive like her represented a state with one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, it would be a significant moment in our fight to transform our country so it works for all of us.

Particularly in West Virginia, “sacrifice” and “corrupt politicians” is a familiar theme:

“Millionaires and billionaires are not going to help middle class and working class West Virginians. WE have to help us. This is up to us. That’s why I’m running for Senate, why I’m rejecting corporate PAC money, why I’m a part of West Virginia Can’t Wait–and why I’m so honored to be endorsed by Bernie Sanders.“

Paula Jean believes that our government shouldn’t be for sale to the highest bidder. We need a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

“Paula Jean will be a senator who stands up to the political and economic establishment, and puts the working class first. I’m proud to endorse her grassroots campaign,” Sanders said.

“I choose the side of working people, not millionaires,” said Paula Jean. “I choose the side of miners, not coal barons. Let’s unite our fight.”