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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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