Paula Jean Swearengin

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Paula Jean Swearengin is a West Virginia activist.


According to Swearingen's interview with Communist Party USA supporter Ed Rampell;

I started my path in activism after my grandfather got sick with black lung. I moved to Lester, West Virginia, where they were closing the local school because of funny smells. An eight-year-old neighbor named Bethany was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
Later, when I found out about mountaintop removal, people were still dealing with the same kind of water issues I had growing up. When they blew up the mountaintops they buried many rivers and streams in West Virginia. When they disturbed the rocks it created silica dust. So now, not only do people have to worry about silicosis in underground mines, but silica dust is actually going into the lungs of our children. It’s been proven there’s a high rate of birth defects and other health issues.
I got angry and active. People labeled me an “environmental activist,” but I saw myself as a social and economic justice activist. I worked with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Keepers of the Mountain Foundation. I spoke to the U.N., I went around the country speaking at rallies, at colleges, to anybody who’d hear us, trying to get some help for West Virginia, because our representatives weren’t hearing us. Democrat Jim Justice is one of the biggest polluting coal barons and now he’s our governor.[1]

Bernie 2020 Health Care Constituency Director

Bernie 2020 Health Care Constituency Director and Surrogates to Hold Medicare for All Tour in New Hampshire.

The tour will feature Michael Lighty, Paula Jean Swearengin, Amy Vilela and Dr. Michael Dowe November 15, 2019

MANCHESTER -- Bernie 2020 Health Care Constituency Director Michael Lighty will host a Medicare for All tour in New Hampshire next week featuring surrogates Paula Jean Swearengin and Amy Vilela and community activist Dr. Michael Dowe. The tour will take place on National Rural Health Care Day to highlight how Medicare for All benefits people in rural areas of the United States.[2]


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Bernie is a democratic socialist. Are you?

Ed Rampell asked "Bernie is a democratic socialist. Are you?"

I don’t know what kind of label I have. I’m just a West Virginian, I’m mad and I’m trying to fight back. The social programs Bernie Sanders talks about I totally agree with 100%. I stand behind Medicare for All. West Virginia is one of the sickest, poorest states in the nation. As much as this state has sacrificed to power this nation we certainly deserve healthcare.[3]

Cori Bush with Amy Vilela and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Cori Bush with Amy Vilela and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Cori Bush Tweeted from SXSW Conference & Festivals held March 8-17, 2019:[4] March 11 2019: "It was great to have this moment together @sxsw with my lovely sisters @amy4thepeople Amy Vilela and @AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! But it wasn’t the same without @paulajean2020 Paula Jean Swearengin, we missed you! #KnockDownTheHouse"

Peoples Summit


Tim Black interviewd Paula Jean Swearengin who is challenging incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin , who Paula Jean says is neither a Democrat or Republican, but legislates at the pleasure of the Coal Industry.. West Virginia Is Oppressed, Time to Take It Back!

Justice Democrats

Paula Jean Swearengin is endorsed by Justice Democrats.

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On Dec. 27, 2017, self-professed “hillbilly” Paula Jean Swearengin flew from her hometown of West Virginia to the posh enclave of Beverly Hills, Calif., to participate in a forum of reform-minded women running for Congress.

The forum, billed as a “Nearly New Year’s Revolution Party,” was organized by the Justice Democrats, a federal political action committee which has endorsed 51 Senate and House candidates, including Swearengin, who all oppose the Democratic Party’s corporate wing and have pledged not to take donations from corporations and SuperPACs.

Swearengin, is running on a platform of single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, free public college tuition and an end to fracking and mountaintop removal.[5]

DSA interest


DSA staffer

Brandi Miller is Campaign Coordinator for Paula Jean Swearengin for US Senate.

Key people

A co-management team of Walt Sarkees, of Morgantown, and Brandi Miller, of Buckhannon, will handle day-to-day operations. Teri Dalton, also of Morgantown, has been named campaign treasurer. Saikat Chakrabarti, Justice Democrats executive director and former director of organizing technology for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, will remain as coordinating liaison to the Paula Jean Swearengin for US Senate campaign.[6]

Brand New Congress

In 2020 Paula Jean Swearengin was a Brand New Congress endorsed candidate for US Senate in West Virginia.


  1. In These Times, JANUARY 11, 2018 Meet the Coal Miner’s Daughter Taking on Joe Manchin for Senate in West Virginia BY ED RAMPELL]
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  3. In These Times, JANUARY 11, 2018 Meet the Coal Miner’s Daughter Taking on Joe Manchin for Senate in West Virginia BY ED RAMPELL]
  4. Cori Bush Tweet accessed March 11 2019
  5. In These Times, JANUARY 11, 2018 Meet the Coal Miner’s Daughter Taking on Joe Manchin for Senate in West Virginia BY ED RAMPELL]
  6. [httCandidate seeks U.S. Senate postp:// Feb 1 2018 The Inter Mountain]