Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses Jon Torsch for Portland City Council, District 2

PORTLAND – The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted unanimously on Monday, August 20, to endorse Jon Torsch for Portland City Council (District 2) in the November 2018 general election. Torsch, a member of the SMDSA Executive Board, is running for the first time.

Torsch is the only candidate for District 2 pledging to take no money from out-of-state donors, PACs, corporations, or real estate interests. If elected, Torsch will propose clean elections legislation at the municipal level, modeled after the state program of the same name. Torsch has also made priorities of participatory budgeting, open data, progressive property taxes, cooperative development, housing security, and public resource investments such as libraries and light rail.

“I am beyond excited and proud to have received the endorsement of the Southern Maine DSA. I have been organizing and doing activist work with this chapter for a while now, and to know that the membership body came together and unanimously endorsed my campaign shows real solidarity – that we are all in this together. I believe that collective action is the answer, and to have SMDSA behind me as a real grassroots organization, I know that we can win this seat and democratize the power that it holds,” says Torsch.

As socialists, we understand that elected officials can govern either on behalf of special moneyed interests, or on behalf of the great majority: working people. Torsch’s campaign promises to improve the lives of everyday Portlanders and amplify their political power. “Jon is a comrade and a friend. He has the energy, vision, and ideas to bring a fresh dose of democracy to city council,” says Caleb Horton, co-chair of SMDSA’s endorsements committee.

As his colleagues, the membership of SMDSA has seen that Torsch means what he says. We also understand that even the most diligent elected officials are constrained by the countervailing forces of the capitalist system. When working people organize in the workplace, the street, and the voting booth, we can overcome the power of exploitative bosses, destructive property speculators, and dictatorial social forces. Jon Torsch’s success depends on all of us.

SMDSA encourages its members and the general public to learn more about Torsch’s campaign, join his campaign for District 2 in any way they can, and vote for him in November.

The DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States. 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 our lives.

For more information about SMDSA or its endorsement process, contact