I got some requests for fundraising from readers! I’m going to try to do as many of these as possible — you can shoot me a line to do one of yours. Apologies if I miss a few, I’m a little behind on just about everything these days. Getting involved in local races is one of the most important things you can do, and the least we can do to help you out if you’re doing that is help with a little fundraising. By the way, we are now at 725K total raised since September 2016. How cool would it be to hit a million this year?
Adrian Perkins, Senate race in Louisiana (from reader J):
P]lease consider Adrian Perkins in LA. They have a jungle primary election there on Nov. 3 and if Cassidy doesn’t get 50% + 1 there will be a runoff. Although there are a couple of Ds running, Perkins is considered the hands on Democratic front runner. He is currently the mayor of Shreveport & has a really great resume. Similar to Buttigieg, except he is AA, went to West Point, and never was a McKinsey consultant (this is a plus). Here’s a link to his kickoff video.
Kael Weston, Utah CD-2 (via reader M):
UT CD-02 is a terribly gerrymandered district including some of the most liberal parts of Salt Lake City (in the northern part of the state), stretching down to the southwest corner. The incumbent, the odious Chris Stewart, will have nothing to do with SLC. Recent polls show it’s a much tighter race than you might expect, with Stewart polling poorly (it’s a great example of how extreme gerrymandering can backfire).Luckily, the Democrats have nominated a very good candidate in Kael Weston. I’ve attached a one-page campaign document, and you can check out his website here: https://www.
westonforcongress.com. He’s about good governance, rooting out corruption, and defending (and expanding) the ACA. His experience in the State Department (working in Iraq and Afghanistan) provide great experience. He’s from Southern Utah, and is doing a ton of door-to-door campaigning.UT CD-02 is heavily republican and this won’t be easy, but this is one of the best candidates we’ve had in the 15 years I’ve lived here. The demographics are similar to UT CD-04, also heavily republican, but where Democrat Ben McAdams beat Mia Love in 2018. Stewart is unpopular with voters, and has been ignoring constituent services, something that Weston is exploiting.