When I decided to run for US Senate, I knew it would be an uphill battle. As a teacher in rural Maine, I was tired of seeing the families of my students struggling to survive.
I was tired of thinking that there was almost no one in the Senate who cared about the rampant inequality and injustice in our society, or the endless bloody wars, or the climate emergency that young people have been trying to wake us up to.
I decided to run because I wanted Maine to have a Senator who would speak out loudly and unabashedly for Medicare for All, for a Green New Deal, a fair economy for working people, an end to student debt and endless wars.
Turns out I wasn’t alone. Thanks to people like you, we’ve come further in this campaign than I ever imagined.
Not too long ago, we mobilized volunteers across the state to gather more than 9,000 signatures in a single day to get on the ballot. Since then we’ve continued working hard and reaching thousands more people with our message of people, planet, and peace over profit - as we did in a successful recent online candidate forum hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
This campaign has given me hope that our politics and government can be much better than they are today. Many of the volunteers and supporters I talk with say the same thing.
Ranked choice voting gives us an amazing opportunity to win voters over to our independent Green campaign in a Senate race that’s in the national spotlight. The thought of replacing Susan Collins with a Senator for the people is inspiring supporters across the country.
There’s only one problem: since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, our fundraising has dropped off significantly. To keep our campaign going, we need to raise $10,000 in the next month so we can keep paying our small but hard-working team of organizers and meet expenses like keeping our website live.
In this time of upheaval and uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that we give a political voice to the demand for a system that works for all of us, with healthcare, food, and housing as human rights.
We urgently need to listen to scientists and mobilize against climate crisis with a Green New Deal that will put millions of people back to work in the transition to a sustainable society.
Corporate-funded establishment politicians aren’t supporting the solutions we need. After the primaries on July 14, our main opposition is likely to be two political insiders who have been more focused on raising multi-million dollar war chests than talking with voters.
That’s a huge opportunity for our campaign to be the only voice in this race for people over profit. But to get there, we need to keep building through the next two and a half months without losing momentum.
Our people-powered campaign has depended on supporters like you from the beginning - can you pitch in now to help us reach our goal and keep our campaign going strong? Every little bit helps!
Thank you for all that you’ve done to help get our campaign for the greater good to where we are today. I’m looking forward to seeing where we go next!