At the beginning of 2009, Peace Action West will be ready to hit the ground running with a progressive agenda and a vision for a new direction for US foreign policy. Our work will be even more effective if we have strong allies in Congress who can work with us, which is why we are helping a handful of candidates in key races throughout the west.
Rep. Jerry McNerney ran an impressive campaign in 2006 to unseat right-wing Republican Richard Pombo. Since he took office, he has stood by his progressive principles, voting in favor of a timeline to withdraw US troops from Iraq and refusing to grant the Bush administration blank checks to continue the occupation. He supported efforts to redirect wasteful weapons spending and ensure congressional oversight of the Bush administration’s plans around military action against Iran. Rep. McNerney is the kind of leader we need in the House.
Dr. Bill Durston is running against conservative Republican Dan Lungren in California’s 3rd congressional district. Rep. Lungren scored a miserable 9% on Peace Action West’s 2007 congressional scorecard, giving his approval to the foreign policy status quo. Dr. Durston, on the other hand, has actively worked with Physicians for Social Responsibility on nuclear disarmament and has pledged to vote against war funding unless it is used for a responsible withdrawal.
If you are in the Bay Area, please join us for an opportunity to hear directly from Rep. McNerney and Dr. Durston about why they deserve your support.
Tuesday, October 7th
Café de la Paz
1600 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Paid for by the Peace Action West Voter Fund.
Categories: Election 2008