IT’S TIME FOR A DEBATE

By Doyle Canning

Last January I was marching south on Coburg Road in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, hand in hand with my then five-year-old daughter. The theme was climate justice, so I asked Rep. Peter DeFazio about his statement that transitioning off of fossil fuels by 2030 was “impossible.” To my disbelief, he doubled down. When I pressed on what action he would take, he proposed “fixing our traffic lights.” His response was terrifyingly out of touch with the scope of the climate crisis. As I squeezed my daughter’s hand in mine, I knew that I would run for Congress, because our kids need a champion. Now.

We are days from the Democratic primary and it is time for DeFazio to answer the call for a debate on the issues that matter most to voters: housing, healthcare, climate, COVID-19 recovery and more. My campaign has the most volunteers, the most local endorsements from grassroots organizations and is energizing voters to ensure victory in the general election. I am the first viable challenger in 33 years, and the first woman ever to run in the Democratic primary for Congress. I am the first to call out DeFazio’s corporate donations from the fossil fuel, timber, health insurance, aviation, weapons and big pharma industries. DeFazio’s response to my insurgent challenge has been to punch down and pretend like our positions on the issues are the same.

They’re not.

On Housing: Eugene leads the nation in homelessness. I am fighting for national solutions to the housing crisis, and COVID-19 recovery solutions that ensure everyone can pay their rent and mortgage, and protects essential workers with a bill of rights. DeFazio doesn’t support that, and has no long term housing plan either.

On Healthcare: Like 75% of Oregonians, I support Medicare for All. DeFazio has long championed a public option, and in this election has taken money from a health insurance industry lobbying group dedicated to stopping single payer.

On Immigration: I have spent over a decade supporting low-wage immigrant workers and have been a leader in anti-racist movements. I would never support President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. But in 2017 DeFazio voted to fulfill Trump’s campaign promise, voting yes on a bill pushed by white nationalist hardliners like Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon. DeFazio has a longstanding pattern of anti-immigrant votes.

On Common-Sense Gun Reform: I have a child who came home from pre-school and re-enacted a lockdown drill in my living room, and I support the gun sense agenda. DeFazio, described as a “pro gun Democrat,” is one of the only Democrats in the House who did not support the Assault Weapons Ban last year.

On Electability: I’ve been told “A progressive can’t win,” and that we should settle for the status quo because, although Hillary Clinton won here, she didn’t do well. These are scare tactics from the establishment: Every political report has our district pegged as likely, solid, or safe Democratic. Support for Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren is very strong − not only in Lane County, but also in every county. I will work to earn the support of the roughly 20,000 voters that wrote in Sanders or voted Green in the general in 2016 because they want real change. Our campaign is already inspiring Progressives, Democrats, Greens, and Independents to vote. With that coalition, no Republican will ever beat us.

It is time to debate, because our movement is here to win. Our campaign is made of fighters: The Jordan Cove resistance, the Our Revolution Bernie Sanders grassroots working class, immigrant rights activists, moms committed to ending gun violence, people of color, progressive veterans, family farmers, students for Warren, the youth climate movement, Oregon’s outdoor enthusiasts and environmentalists, and young working families. We are unimpressed with the status quo and we deserve to be heard.

Voters have a choice in this election for the first time in a generation: To take a stand — to fight for better, by voting Doyle Canning in the May 19 Primary. Or roll over for more of the same.

I’m ready. We’re all ready. Voters need to know where each Democrat stands. Peter DeFazio, let’s debate.

Doyle Canning is running in the Democratic primary for Congress in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. The last day to vote is May 19.

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