Every Vote Counts! Let Pennsylvania’s Special Election Be An Example for Democrats

Conor Lamb went into the March 13’s special election understanding that every vote counted — and his campaign proved it. Lamb won a district in Pennsylvania that had been gerrymandered to the extreme in an attempt to make it impossible for a Democrat to win. In fact, a Democratic opponent hadn’t even been run in the district during past election cycles. But Lamb’s campaign, a rejection of Trump’s politics and views, went out and showed that when given the opportunity and someone to believe in, voters will turnout even in the most unlikely of places.

Keep in mind the critical role that Pennsylvania played in the 2016 Presidential Election. Hillary Clinton infamously overlooked the three states that lead most directly to her electoral college defeat. Thanks to our winner-takes-all system, despite winning the popular vote Hillary did not win the election. Ultimately — as Conor Lamb has proven — it comes down to turn out. Had Hillary’s campaign been able to convince Progressive leaning citizens in these Conservative parts of the country that their votes counted, she may be our president today.

The lesson? If Democrats want to win, they need to engage Progressive voters in every part of the country. They are out there! But their votes need to be earned by Democratic local candidates who can inspire them to get out and vote by championing liberal causes. The American people are ready to reject Trump and don’t want to send people to Washington that will help him. The Democratic Party has to do their part and

Senator Bernie Sanders makes it clear what every Democratic Party needs to do:

We need a 50-state strategy, so that half the states in this country have a Democratic Party, which today does not exist.

Let it ring from Lamb’s tweet from sea to shining sea — especially this November:

Every vote counts.

Jane Kim surging in San Francisco mayor’s race — Progressive candidate supported by Bernie Sanders

Jane Kim, San Francisco Supervisor and Former President of the Board of Education is surging in the SF mayor’s race, according to a recent poll in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Breed and Kim have really moved ahead of the pack here,” said pollster David Metz. “Leno, who folks early on thought might be the favorite, is struggling to get traction.”

Three months out from the special election in June, the grassroots movement that is supporting Jane Kim for Mayor has propelled her ahead in the polls. The SF Chronicle poll has London Breed in first place at 29 percent, Jane Kim in a close second at 26 percent, and Mark Leno in third at 19 percent.

Kim is known for leading the charge to increase the minimum wage in San Francisco to $15 an hour. Another major headline that Kim recently scored was making San Francisco the first city in the nation to offer free community college for all residents:

Kim is passionate about securing record high rates of affordable housing and helming to expand homeless services — most recently by securing the first 24/7 shelter staffed by nurses so homeless residents get the care they need to stay off the streets.

As mayor, Kim plans to declare an immediate state of emergency on homelessness. She wants to establish universal early childhood education to keep families here in San Francisco — and support women who wish to remain in the workforce. Furthermore, Kim plans to pass  moratorium on unfair elections and push for an expedited plan to create more permeant affordable housing.

“I’m surprised — I really thought it was a Breed-Leno race, and now it shows London and Kim … in a horse race,” said Tom O’Connor, president of the firefighters union.

Just this week, Jane Kim received an endorsement from Our Revolution:

Jane Kim is fighting for San Francisco, and her grassroots campaign shows that San Franciscans are ready to fight with her! Vote for Jane in June. In addition to following her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; You can learn more about Jane Kim and her race for mayor here: www.JaneKim.org

 

The son of Bernie Sanders is running for Congress in New Hampshire — #VoteLeviSanders

Do you live in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District & wish that Senator Bernie Sanders represented you in Congress? Well, you might be getting the second best thing. Bernie’s son, Levi Sanders, has announced that he is running for the open House seat in New Hampshire. In 2018, the new #FeelTheBern is #VoteLeviSanders.

Never heard of Levi? He served as his father’s Senior Policy Strategist during his 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign. Why don’t we let Levi’s Official Campaign Statement serve as your introduction to the New Hampshire candidate:

“After much thought and consultation with my family, friends, and the people of New Hampshire, I am excited to announce today that I am running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them. 

“The majority of voters in New Hampshire, and around this country, agree that we need a Medicare For All healthcare system which guarantees healthcare to every man, women, and child without out of pocket expenses. We need an educational system which says that whether you are rich or poor, you have the ability to go to a public college and/or university tuition free. We need to demand that we have a minimum wage which allows people to work forty hours a week without being in poverty. It is urgent that we address the opioid problem which is at a crisis level in New Hampshire. We must demand that women finally earn the same pay as men. It is unacceptable that we haven’t found the political courage to pass sensible gun legislation. That time is up – we must be bold and unwavering in our fight for the people. 

“For 15 years, New Hampshire has been my family’s home. For over 17 years, I have represented the working class who have been beaten up by the system. It is time to demand that we have a system which represents the 99% and not the 1% who have never had it so good. 

“This campaign is about each and everyone of us, who strive each and everyday, to make this great state and country a better place in which to live.”

More about Levi Sanders here: https://sandersforcongress.com