For Immediate Release
March 22, 2018
Meg Reilly, Chair
Southern Maine DSA Endorses Jeremy Mele in June primary for Maine State Representative, District 19
PORTLAND, ME – The Southern Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted unanimously on Monday, March 12 to endorse Jeremy Mele for Maine House of Representatives District 19. “We’re incredibly lucky to have a candidate like Jeremy running for office,” said Meg Reilly, Chair. “Jeremy’s compassion and drive shone when he was Vice Chair of our chapter, and we’re excited at the prospect of Representative Mele continuing the fight in Augusta.”
“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the group,” Mele said, “I like to think it’s because I showed a commitment to the principles of Democratic Socialism and because I am campaigning on issues that are important for the wellbeing of society and the working class.”
Mele’s campaign focuses on a defense of direct democracy via citizen’s referendums, something that he notes representatives in Augusta have been reluctant to respect in recent years. According to his campaign blog, Maine state government “has moved away from respecting democracy and the will of the voters, and it has moved toward a paternalism that indicates a disregard for the wants and needs of Maine voters.”
Mele is an ardent supporter of social policies that empower the working class, including single-payer healthcare, increasing the minimum wage, and reducing the cost of post-secondary education. He supports the current referendum campaign to provide Mainers with universal homecare coverage.
Mele is currently seeking qualifying contributions as a Maine clean elections candidate, and will not be accepting any campaign money from corporations, lobbyists or PACs.
The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. Its membership includes 35 elected officials around country. Southern Maine DSA is not a political party. The DSA welcomes members and endorses candidates of any party affiliation who share its mission to decrease the influence of money in politics so that ordinary citizens can participate in the many decisions that affect their lives.
For more information about the Southern Maine DSA or its endorsement process, contact:
Meg Reilly, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org