Coal Miner’s Daughter Files for the Democratic Nomination for U.S. Senate

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January 13, 2020

Paula Jean Swearengin, building upon the strength of her 2018 upstart campaign, is launching her progressive campaign to unseat Republican Shelley Moore Capito.

Charleston, WV – Today, progressive Democrat Paula Jean Swearengin will formally file her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for United States Senate in West Virginia. Swearengin, the daughter and granddaughter of coal miners, is launching her campaign on the strength of her 2018 progressive challenge to Senator Joe Manchin.

“We are tired of politicians playing games with our lives. I am running against Corporate PAC Shelley Moore Capito because it’s time ordinary West Virginias were represented by an ordinary West Virginian. We are one of the poorest states in this nation, and it’s time for a movement that will guarantee healthcare or all, end the addiction epidemic, and help build a diverse economy that will create decent-paying jobs with benefits. The people have been calling for it, and it’s time we had leadership that’s willing to listen and do something about it,” said Swearengin.

“Our campaign is fighting to give voters a real choice in this election. Unlike our current senator, I’m not a millionaire and have not spent 20 years in Washington. I know what it’s like to struggle to put food on the table and make ends meet. We’ve had enough of career politicians who put their party and donors before the working people in this state. We deserve a senator who won’t turn their back on West Virginia. Our campaign is more than a candidacy; it’s built on a movement and built by people who are ready for change,” added Swearengin.

Paula Jean Swearengin is a proud native of Mullens, West Virginia, and her coal-mining roots run deep. She is a coal miner’s daughter, granddaughter, niece and stepdaughter. In 2018, she challenged incumbent Senator Joe Manchin in the Democratic primary, drawing a stark contrast as a true progressive alternative and receiving more than 30% of the vote. A national endorser and surrogate for Bernie Sanders for president, Paula Jean Swearengin ran for the U.S. Senate in 2018 as part of a national progressive coalition, which included such stalwarts as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

That historic fight, provided in the internationally acclaimed documentary Knock Down the House, https://knockdownthehouse.com/, has helped inspire a movement leading to hundreds of progressive candidates to challenge the political establishment and run for offices across the country. Swearengin, who has resigned from her job to become a full-time Senate candidate, is running a campaign that is 100% people-powered, with no special interest, lobbyist or PAC money.

For more information, visit www.PaulaJean.com.