Paula Jean Swearengin
For Senate
West Virginia
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Time To Invest In Ourselves

West Virginia coal powered a nation. Now it’s time for West Virginia to invest in ourselves. I'm ready to fight for Medicare for all, universal pre-K, free tech schools and colleges, and a multi-billion dollar investment in West Virginian infrastructure, industry and innovation.

"The industrial revolution was built on the backs of coal miners - our backs. We’ve provided power to America and now, it’s time to empower ourselves."

In the wealthiest nation in the world, nobody should have to beg for clean water, clean air and prosperity

The political establishment has monopolized our wealth and power for long enough. The American people are ready for a new movement that creates systemic change. We can't expect career politicians, who benefit from maintaining the status quo, to create change, and fight for the people. I'm part of a national movement to create a democracy that works for all of us and finally moves West Virginia forward in a positive direction.

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West Virginia deserves a working class leader

A native of Mullens, West Virginia, Paula Jean Swearengin’s coal mining roots grow deep. She’s a coal miner’s daughter. In fact, she’s a coal miner’s granddaughter. As a child, she felt a deep sense of pride in the state’s dominant industry. West Virginia’s coal powered the nation through the Industrial Revolution, and kept our factories running through World War II. America was built by West Virginia coal - built by families like Paula Jean’s. Yet, like so many from Appalachia, her family paid a steep price for coal. She lost her grandfather to black lung, and her uncles have since been diagnosed with the disease. The beautiful streams and rivers she loved growing up have become toxic, as runoff from the mines leached into the region’s groundwater. As for Paula Jean? The girl who believed she was a redhead found out her naturally brown hair had been stained all her young life by the orange water in which she showered. When her stepfather lost his job at the mine, the family moved to North Carolina and tried to find a new line of work. She returned to her home state after high school to take care of her ailing grandfather. Coming back to coal country, Paula Jean saw entire communities left in the dust when a mine shut down, small businesses drying up, miners and their children struggling with diseases brought on by the industry, and a whole generation struggling to find reliable, safe jobs that would put enough food on the table. As a single mom of four boys, she vowed to do something about it - and that's why she's running for U.S. Senate in West Virginia.

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Time To Invest In Ourselves

Create Medicare For All

The United States should catch up to every other modern nation and implement a single-payer, medicare-for-all system. There’s no reason we can’t be #1 in the world instead of #37. It’s time to end the destruction of American healthcare by rapacious, price gouging, for-profit, private health insurance middlemen.

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Create free public higher education

In America, every child deserves a chance to succeed. A college education should be a right, not a privilege. Educating the citizenry of a nation pays dividends in the long run, with the economy getting back much more than is initially put in. Crushing student debt for higher education would no longer burden young men and women trying to improve their lives through hard work. We should strive to have the best education system in the world.

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Raise the Minimum Wage

This is about justice and basic human decency. If you work hard and you work full time you shouldn’t live in poverty. Furthermore, we support strong unions and collective bargaining.

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Create A Just Justice System

It's time to end our for-profit criminal justice system by ending prison labor, private prisons and detention centers, cash bail systems, and all the other ways our criminal justice system profits off the vulnerable.

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End Corruption

Super PACs should be banned, private donations to politicians and campaigns should be banned, and a clean public financing system should be implemented to end the takeover of our government by corporations and billionaires. Americans deserve free and fair elections — free from the corruption of big money donors. The Supreme Court has effectively legalized bribery.

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