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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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