He knows pub­lic fund­ing of elec­tions is vi­tal to sur­vival of our democ­racy

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We are sup­port­ing Green Party can­di­date Pat El­der for Congress. Pat is a life­long peace and jus­tice ac­tivist. He is ad­vo­cat­ing for a healthy, clean en­vi­ron­ment, the pub­lic fi­nanc­ing of elec­tions, health in­surance and ed­u­ca­tion.

As a third-party can­di­date, he is ad­dress­ing is­sues that might oth­er­wise be ne­glected, such as shut­ting down the Chalk Point and Mor­gan­town coal­fired plants. Ac­cord­ing to El­der, the heart of Rep. Steny Hoyer’s 5th District will soon have six elec­tri­cal gen­er­at­ing plants. El­der main­tains that we should be do­ing a bet­ter job of switch­ing to re­new­able en­ergy sources like so­lar and wind. We agree with him. El­der says that much of the de­vel­oped world is ahead of us in this re­gard be­cause here, our po­lit­i­cal process al­lows large, pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tions such as en­ergy com­pa­nies to sup­port can­di­dates who will al­low them to con­tinue pol­lut­ing our air and wa­ter­ways.

Pat El­der has brought to our at­ten­tion that Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) has re­ceived over $6 mil­lion in cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, mostly from large cor­po­ra­tions. This al­lows big busi­nesses to in­flu­ence our con­gress­man’s agenda. We agree with Pat El­der that pub­lic fund­ing of elec­tions is vi­tal to the sur­vival of our democ­racy.

Hoyer won with 67 per­cent of the vote in the 2016 elec­tion. If Pat El­der can ob­tain 10 per­cent of the vote on Nov. 6, it will send a clear mes­sage that there are many cit­i­zens who be­lieve that we do need to change and im­prove our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

Pat El­der is ini­ti­at­ing and en­cour­ag­ing dis­cus­sion of these im­por­tant is­sues in our com­mu­nity.

Please thought­fully con­sider vot­ing for Pat El­der for Congress in Mary­land’s 5th District.

Ted and Char­lotte Yeat­man, Dameron

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