Dan Pulju, Eugene, Lne County
Running for: US Senate
Name of incumbent: Ron Wyden
Why do you want to run for that office, vision/goals, how do you define winning:
My candidacy will secure PGP ballot access through 2028, raise its public profile, and highlight the deep complicity of the incumbent senator in the crimes of the US national security and war state.
Ron Wyden has proposed legislation to criminalize the Boycott and Divest Movement against the government of Israel because of its Apartheid-like treatment of Palestinians. "Suppression of the BDS movement is a clear violation of our freedoms of speech and association. Our massive military aid to Israel, Ukraine, and elsewhere in pursuit of global hegemony causes suffering both abroad and at home. Our government exports harm and violence while neglecting our welfare, infrastructure and disregarding our most fundamental rights."
Three key policies, messages:
- Hands off Ukraine, Syria and Yemen
- Restore our democratic processes
- Pro-choice: protect all medical rights from government overreach
What is your plan, benchmarks:
Outreach will be mainly by organic or low-cost advertising and speaking at events.
Resources you anticipate needing, treasure mapping:
Signature gathering for candidate statement; all volunteers are appreciated.
How much money do you plan to spend? How will you raise the funds?
I have already filed documents with the IRS and FEC to create a campaign committee, obtained a bank account, and created my campaign website, danforsenate.us. While I am not sure I will raise more than $5000, I'm doing finance by the book from the start to keep the option open. Having a committee also helps gain access to media and advertising opportunities.
Relevant experience and/or other
I have been a PGP supporting member for nearly 6 years, and served on the SCC for 2 1/2 years. I am very familiar with how the party operates and how it interacts with the state and the public. During the 2016 campaign, I was the lead volunteer for the Stein/Baraka campaign's phonebanking system. I was made an admin of the project and placed over 9000 calls myself. I also circulated petitions for Stein/Baraka other PGP candidates, as well as the Benton County RCV ballot measure. Most importantly, I am part of a large and thriving chapter with members skilled at cooperative organizing, well-versed on relevant issues, dedicated to grassroots democracy, and highly motivated to succeed.