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Maine DSA Endorses U.S. Senate Candidate Lisa Savage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday September 15, 2020

For more info: Sam Pfeifle, 207-749-0298, sam@lisaformaine.org

At their monthly meeting last night, the Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America voted overwhelmingly to endorse independent Green Lisa Savage’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Savage is proud to earn it, as the Maine DSA has shown itself to be a force for equity, for getting money out of politics, and for empowering people in their workplaces. 

“With our campaign,” said Savage, “we are building a coalition of people who care about the working people of Maine and the United States, first and foremost. We are united in creating a more equitable society, where housing, health care, and a way to make a living are human rights and guaranteed for all.”

Savage has previously endorsed the Maine DSA’s People First Portland campaign, which has put five ballot initiatives in front of Portland voters this fall. These seek to protect tenants’ rights, raise the minimum wage to $15, ban the use of facial recognition software, restrict short-term rentals, and initiate citywide reforms to address the climate crisis. 

“Our campaigns are aligned,” Savage said, “in ensuring that we are creating a society where everyone gets a fair shake. These kinds of common sense reforms will help to create a Maine where people know that their work has real value and will result in the ability to house and feed themselves with dignity.”

This endorsement is the latest in a string of high-profile endorsements for the Savage campaign, including those from former Democratic Senate Candidate Bre Kidman, former Chief of the Penobscot Nation Barry Dana, the Maine Green Independent Party, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, and many more. You can see the full list of Savage’s endorsers here

Further, the Savage campaign recently blew past 1,000 individual donors, has raised more than $130,000 in grassroots contributions while eschewing corporate donations of any kind, and recently activated its 150th volunteer. 

“With ranked-choice voting,” said Savage, “Maine voters no longer are forced to vote tactically and settle for candidates they think will defeat the worst candidate on the ballot. We have a new politics here where voters can evaluate candidates and rank them in accordance with how they align with their own values. Voters are seeing -- over and over again -- that their preferred policies, like Medicare for All and a demilitarized Green New Deal, are only represented by one candidate on the ballot. I ask those voters to rank me first.”

Find information about Lisa Savage, her policy positions, background, and how to support her people-powered campaign at www.LisaforMaine.org.

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