BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – The West Virginia People’s Party is the newest political party seeking to make a difference in Mountain State. It is a division of a national party that builds a base around the nation. Their national platform focuses on supporting free tuition for public institutions, a minimum wage of $ 15, modern infrastructure and health insurance for all.
“We need real servants, we also need health care for everyone, we need housing rights, we need food, we need clean water,” said Paula-Jean Swearengin , Regional Director of the West Virginia People’s Party.
Swearengin quit the West Virginia Democratic Party because she felt the party was no longer helping people in Mountain State. She said she hoped the People’s Party would work to serve the people in that state and give them what she called “real representation.”
“People are suffering in our state and neither side is doing anything other than divide us and not come together,” Swearengin said.
In order to gain access to the ballots and be recognized by the state, the party has a lot of work to do. They held their kickoff meeting last Thursday and have a few years to find a candidate
“We have to have a candidate for governor, we have to have that many signatures for the party to be registered in West Virginia, and I hope that in 2024 we will see that done and that many states have access to the vote. at this point, ”says Swearengin.
Organizing a new political party is not easy, and these obstacles are exactly what the People’s Party is trying to challenge.
“I think the barriers erected are a testament to the exact reason why we have to question the system as it is because we need a more thoughtful government,” said Zeynab Day, executive director of the People’s Party. .
While organizing here in West Virginia, the national party is also looking to create a national committee and start making an impact on federal politics.
“We are in the process of preparing a national convention, the national committee will be fully elected and will have representatives from each state,” Day said.
For the Mountain State, the People’s Party says it hopes to build a popular movement that people can believe in.
“It’s about time, it’s high time to throw a party that people believe in here in West Virginia,” Swearengin said.
More information on the national party can be found on their website.