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

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.

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