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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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