Meet the Candidate: Thearse McCalmon (New York)

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Candidate Name:

Thearse McCalmon

What office are you running for?

NY Senate, 49th District

With which party are you running for office?

Democratic Party

Election Date

Primary Date: June 23, 2020 General Election: 11/3/20

Why are you running for office?

I am running because there is a desperate need in my community and the district for a leader who has actually experienced the struggles of real life, like the majority of the people in the district and can honestly relate. We currently have an antiquated, octogenarian, career politician, who has lost all relevant connection to what is actually of importance to the people, and the real issues. I am the people, and those like me are what’s important we are what matters. I am running because we need healthcare for all NOW, yesterday, and last week. I am running because I have ALWAYS known who the essential workers were, and are, and that they deserved not only a living wage but a proud wage, one that matches their superhero jobs. I am running because those same essential workers, our heroes, have been denied safe staffing, contracts worth their time, paid sick leave, a union, affordable and accessible health insurance, and a minimum wage of $15 dollars and hour. I am running because $1200 dollars is not enough. I am running because I have always seen where our truth and strength lies, who makes up the foundation of our community, our district and state. I have seen it all my life, and I have heard the mother’s cry, the recovering addicts need, the vet’s pain of PTSD, and plea’s for basic humanity for human sake, and I can no longer stand by and wait for someone to do something. I am here to take back our time, stolen and replaced by photo ops and pontificating. I am running because we have a need for a representative who lives like us, works like us and struggles like us, and I am she.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?

There are a few issues. We have struggling dairy farmers and other farmers in our district that were already trying to make ends meet with the abysmal milk prices, and declining Farmers Market attendees, pre-Covid19. Now, things have been grossly exacerbated. Health Care for all is needed now more than ever. This is not unique to our district; it is a huge issue for all Americans. Women’s reproductive freedoms Public School funding, or lack there of. Safe staffing for our medical staff (This has obviously been exacerbated as well due to the pandemic), and viable contracts that do not jeopardize retirement pensions. Climate reality; This district has a large portion that is mostly rural country, because of this fact, we see the disastrous effects of climate change before most others in the state. It is a reality for us, and we need to take aggressive action on this.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?

Our elected leaders have forgotten that it is not about them, it is and always has been about the people. We have been fighting all of our lives and our parents before us, to get these career politicians to see that they are there for us, not for their own selfish goals,or so that they can be bought out by big businesses, nor to kill us slowly with defunding our education and medicare. This happens on both sides of the isle. If we have not realized that during a national and international emergency and pandemic, how big money and big businesses are not the saviors of our economy, or the everyday American lives, then we are truly lost. The power is not with big business and industry, it lies with the people, and the people’s voices. We are the people. My children are the people. I am the people, and we are sick and tired of being sick and tired … and forgotten … and abused … and ignored because we do not have the money to sit at the table. So it is time to burn the old table down and build a new one. We need to ensure that those who are seeking to represent the people on any level, are not allowed to be funded by big businesses, but are required to be grassroots, and carry the message of the people, not corporations. Institute public matching funds for campaigns, All voters can vote by mail, with postage paid by the state. We can even turn approval ratings from just a way to bias opinions, but to an actual applied grade for our leaders, hold them accountable. If they see that the majority of the people do not approve of the decisions that have been made in their name, then they know they need to change their ways or get voted out. Most importantly, we need to put civics back in schools, as a requirement; from grades 3 and up.

Who is your hero?

All Women who look like me but refuses to fit in the prefabricated box of who she is “supposed” to be.

What are your hobbies?

I perform and help teach Latin Dances, Sing, and DIY

What is the most recent book you read?

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, as well as, When the World was Black; The Untold Histories of the First Civilizations

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?

I have 4 children and a Fur Baby. No talking house plants. Although I do often say “Feed me Seymour!” when I’m extremely hungry.

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?

If your readers are interested, and I hope they are, please go to thearseforsenate.com and click the Join Us button, and Join us!

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?

Are you an ally of the LGTBQ+ community. Yes. I am.

Candidate Social Media:

Website| Facebook | Twitter

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