Lisa Savage is running a strong grassroots campaign in Maine’s ranked-choice voting US Senate race, but it’s clear that the big-money establishment candidates don’t want voters to know that they have another choice. As soon as the primary was over, Sara Gideon and Susan Collins started throwing debate challenges at each other, trying to leave out Lisa entirely.
The people of Maine voted for ranked-choice voting so that they could have elections with more voices and more choices. Mainers have a proud tradition of electing independent candidates to public office. Trying to arrange an exclusive two-person debate that would shut out independent voices like Lisa Savage would be disrespectful to democracy and the people of Maine.
In a democracy, voters deserve to hear from all the candidates on their ballot so they can make an informed decision. Maine’s 2018 elections for US House and Senate benefited from open, inclusive debates. Just because the establishment candidates have raised tens of millions of dollars doesn’t mean they should be allowed to silence grassroots candidates like Lisa Savage.
We are petitioning media companies and potential debate sponsors to demand that they include Lisa Savage in any debates for Maine’s US Senate race. Let Lisa debate and let the voters decide!