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Green Independent Candidate Enters Maine Race For Senate Seat

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Jennifer Mitchell
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Lisa Savage (left) at a 2017 flotilla in support of tribal water rights.

A longtime community organizer and school teacher from Solon is vying to become the Green Independent Party nominee in next year’s U.S. Senate race.

Lisa Savage says the nation spends too much on the military and not enough on addressing the climate crisis or investing in education.

“Our government seems to no longer represent the people, but rather monied interests, big corporations that have far more influence in Congress than the constituents of the people that went there to represent them,” she says. “I think that young people are looking to my generation and saying, ‘What part of emergency do you not understand? Do we have a future on this planet?’”

So far, Savage is the only Green Independent Party member to file with federal elections officials. She says she won’t be able to raise the kind of money that the major party candidates will, but believes that she will be able to get her message out — and she says the state’s ranked-choice voting system gives her a chance of winning the Senate seat.

Originally published Oct. 21, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. ET.