“A Future To Believe in” was the slogan for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. If that’s where I thought his message ended, I would never have knocked on doors in two states.
From day one, Bernie said that his campaign wasn’t about him, but about building a movement. That movement would have to take root in local, county, and state governments. I’m running at the local level to build on his vision in my town, Phoenixville.
He envisioned a HUGE movement that would grow into a revolution. That vision inspired 11,000,000 of us to vote for him (thousands of us to call strangers and knock on doors). The movement he envisioned will only ever materialize if the people who were inspired by his vision refuse sit and wait on others to carry the torch of progress which Bernie has helped carry now for 30 years.
His vision is for a more moral country. His vision is for a more just criminal justice system. His vision is for an economy where hard-working Americans have a fighting chance to do well. His vision will only ever happen if we carry the inspiration Bernie brought to us into our local, county and state governments.
My name is Nate Craig and I am running for Mayor of Phoenixville as a member of the Green Party. I’m not here to fix the world with a magic wand, but, rather, to do the work that is required to create a more moral society. I’m running to help continue to ensure fairness in Phoenixville’s criminal justice practices. I’m running for Mayor to help move Phoenixville towards a local economy that works better for more residents.
While I will need your help to secure the Mayorship, my priority is to do the work of building a confident and competent progressive contingent right here in Phoenixville to take on jobs in the planning commission to stop the development of every open acre in our corner of Chester County. We need to get competent, progressive Borough Councilpeople in seats occupied by corporate subsidizers (yes, it happens here).
We need strong progressives in county government who are willing to stand up to violators of the environment and alert the public when our parks are being bulldozed.
We need School board members with progressive values in every district to raise the red flag when our schools aren’t receiving adequate funds.
So I ask you for your support in becoming Mayor, but I beg you all to rise up and find our place in our governments. Otherwise, we must expect more of the same. It’s up to us to now build a “future to believe in.”