U.S. Senate candidate discusses ranked-choice voting and jobs creation

On the Sept. 9 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast Senate candidate Lisa Savage spoke about the strategies of unseating an unfavorable incumbent, the support from her party and union members and the effects of a Green New Deal.

Lisa Savage is the Green Party candidate running to unseat unfavorable and embattled United States Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

Ranked-choice voting

Savage started off by explaining the difference between the campaign she is running and the campaigns other candidates are running throughout the country. Thanks to Maine voting by ranked-choice, voters have the option of ranking the candidates from favorite to least favorite.

She then began speaking about Sen. Collins and her approval rating. She said Collins has barely held any town halls to speak to constituents during her time in office. She then said the dip in favorability for Collins comes from her support of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Support from union members

Later, Savage spoke about where her support comes from and how her campaign is financed.

She said the Green Party has provided her with some support, but the real support comes from the close to 1,000 grassroots donors who have given to her campaign.

Although many of the unions in Maine have backed her Democratic opponent, Savage said she sees the support from rank and file union members.

She recalled visiting the picket line outside of Bath Iron Works about a month ago. She said she shook hands with the union members and stood in solidarity with them as they fought for a new and improved contract with more protections.

Benefits of a Green New Deal

Finally, Savage talked about the Green New Deal. She said she supports it for a number of reasons, but first and foremost will help slow climate change.

Savage also said it will help create more jobs for Maine other than defense industry jobs. By creating new methods of public transportation, such as a light rail or renewable energy production.


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