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Bernie Sanders Endorses Paula Jean Swearengin for Senate

“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. Bernie Endorses PJS “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.”
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Paula Jean’s statement regarding bounties on American troops

“While Mitch McConnell and his best buddy Shelley Moore Capito are worried about whether it’s politically convenient to discuss who’s been offering bounties to Afghan militants for the lives of our troops—and while their squabbling focuses on whether the president was briefed about the bounties before he signed the Feb 29 deal with the Taliban—the most important thing is being forgotten here: the safety of our troops. 

“There has been no response, there have been no sanctions, there is no action being taken to protect the troops risking their lives for this country.

“We must take immediate action to demand a halt the bounty program, and to enact strong sanctions against the perpetrators. 

“Y’all want to argue… argue later. First we protect our troops. And if congress won’t do that, let’s vote to bring an end to the do-nothing congress and elect new leaders—leaders with values that reflect the values of the American people.”

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Paula Jean wins senate nomination

Four Women Sweep WV’s Democratic Congressional Primaries

In West Virginia, it’s the Year of the Woman: Four anti-corruption women just swept every single congressional primary in West Virginia. This is a first in the state’s history. 

Paula Jean Swearengin is the Democratic nominee for US Senate. Natalie Cline is the congressional nominee for District 1. Cathy Kunkel is the congressional nominee for District 2. And Hilary Turner is the congressional nominee for District 3. 

Paula Jean wins senate nomination

“Not only that, every single one of us won our races without taking a dime of corporate PAC money. We are 100% people-funded,“ said Paula Jean. 

Also people-funded: 

  • Danielle Walker, a state delegate and black woman who won more primary votes than any other delegate candidate in the state. 
  • Rosemary Ketchum, elected to Wheeling city council, and WV’s first elected trans woman, one of only 27 trans elected officials in the country. 
  • And Tina Russell, poised to become Mercer County’s first black woman ever elected, having won more votes in the primary than every opponent but one. 

All are a part of the WV Can’t Wait movement, with volunteer teams in every county working to elect candidates like Paula Jean who signed the movement’s pledge to reject corporate PAC money. The movement includes Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and unaffiliated candidates. 

“We ran a smart campaign,” Paula Jean’s campaign manager David Graham explained, “and we came from behind in polling to win the primary by more than 5%.” 

Paula Jean’s primary opponents were the fiery Richard Ojeda and well-liked Richie Robb. In the general she’ll be facing Shelley Moore Capito, daughter of disgraced WV Governor Arch Moore. 

“Paula Jean, coal miner’s daughter, humble West Virginia upbringing, is up against the same money that sells miners and the rest of us out, every time,” said Communications Manager Lissa Lucas. “It’s like the plot of a movie: to protect her family, she’s facing off against the well-to-do daughter of a five-time felon who pleaded guilty to political corruption.” 

West Virginia has a long history of politicians who are “content with their roles and their profits as middlemen for the absentee owners of the state’s natural wealth,” as West Virginia historian John Alexander Williams has put it. 

“We can’t continue electing leaders whose whole goal is getting paid to do the bidding of the same corporate lobbyists who flood our mountains with drugs and death in exchange for money,” Paula Jean said. 

FEC filings show that while she’s been in the senate, Capito has taken more than $750,000 EACH from big banks, and from resource barons, PACs, and lobbyists—and shockingly, more than $135,000 from Big Pharma. West Virginia has been the state most impacted by the addiction crisis. 

“West Virginia’s fight against dirty money couldn’t be any clearer for the general election,” added Graham. “97% of Capito’s money is from PACs and large donors, and 80% comes from outside West Virginia, chiefly New York. And look, Paula Jean and the rest of us have had enough. ” 

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Common Dreams: ‘A Battle Cry From Appalachia’

‘A Battle Cry From Appalachia’: Progressive Paula Jean Swearengin Wins US Senate Primary in West Virginia

“This campaign has always been about the movement for a better future,” said the victorious Democrat who ran on Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.

A coal miner’s daughter and granddaughter with a progressive vision for West Virginia won the state’s Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate race Tuesday and will now work to oust Republican incumbent Sen. Shelley Moore Capito in November.

“This movement is a battle cry from Appalachia and for people across this country,” Paula Jean Swearengin said in a statement after her victory. “West Virginians are done waiting for politicians to do the right thing. The people of this state are ready to return our government to one of, by, and for the people.”

Read the FULL story at the link – Common Dreams

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Swearengin declared winner of Democratic U.S. Senate race in W.Va.

The Associated Press has declared Paula Jean Swearengin as the winner of Democratic Senate primary in West Virginia.

With 96% of the precincts reporting, Swearengin had 38%, Richard Ojeda, 33%, and Richie Robb, 29%.

Swearengin will face U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who won the Republican nomination, in the November general election.

To read that rest of the story – Click the Link  – WCHSTV

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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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