“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

In the darkness that surrounds us, I want to take an moment to thank each and every person who voted for my candidacy yesterday in Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District.  I also want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Congressman Joe Courtney and I am glad that he will continue to represent us in Washington.  Despite the abysmal results, there are some extremely good people who won the right to serve as our representatives and our voices at the federal, state and local level.

I am honored by the results, especially in my home region and in the great city of New London, a community that remains on the cutting edge of proving the importance of active, energetic and impactful third parties.

Your votes for me not only preserved the Green Party line for 2018, but will help us lay in place the building blocks for the all-important 2018 gubernatorial election, an election in which we will finally take back our state government and ensure that the State of Connecticut properly funds vital services, requires that the wealthy to pay their fair share, ends the privatization of public education and reduces that toxic long-term debt that threatens the well-being of our children and future generations.

Today, many are understandably and properly upset and grieving, but in time we will renew our will and our energy and turn our attention to the task of rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on the elections yet to come.

The real political revolution is the one we will build in the months and years ahead.

The 2018 election is around the corner and I would welcome your advice and participation as we prepare for its arrival.

Meanwhile, our goal was to collect at least 1% of the vote yesterday.  For those who are interested, here are the numbers from the towns that have reported their results in the 2016 2nd Congressional District election.

TOWN PELTO PERCENT OF VOTE
MANSFIELD 4.81
CHAPLIN 3.71
NEW LONDON 3.53
HAMPTON 2.93
WINDHAM 2.81
WILLINGTON 2.73
SCOTLAND 2.65
UNION 2.46
ASHFORD 2.46
BOZRAH 2.22
EASTFORD 2.2
ANDOVER 1.87
STAFFORD 1.75
SUFFIELD 1.73
PUTNAM 1.72
BOLTON 1.68
HADDAM 1.68
ELLINGTON 1.67
NORWICH 1.67
COLUMBIA 1.65
MONTVILLE 1.6
LEBANON 1.58
VERNON 1.57
SPRAGUE 1.57
KILLINGLY 1.55
PRESTON 1.54
CHESTER 1.53
THOMPSON 1.46
MARLBOROUGH 1.45
EAST HADDAM 1.45
WESTBROOK 1.44
STERLING 1.43
NORTH STONINGTON 1.41
TOLLAND 1.37
HEBRON 1.35
GROTON 1.32
EAST HAMPTON 1.31
WATERFORD 1.31
CANTERBURY 1.28
COLCHESTER 1.26
ENFIELD 1.25
PLAINFIELD 1.21
GLASTONBURY 1.21
VOLUNTOWN 1.21
DEEP RIVER 1.19
STONINGTON 1.19
LYME 1.18
BROOKLYN 1.16 1.16
CLINTON 1.16
WOODSTOCK 1.13
EAST LYME 1.13
OLD LYME 1.07
OLD SAYBROOK 1.05
POMFRET 1.04
ESSEX 1.02
GRISWOLD 0.98
MADISON 0.92
SOMERS 0.91
KILLINGWORTH 0.91
SALEM 0.91
LISBON 0.85
FRANKLIN 0.84
COVENTRY No report
LEDYARD No report

Why I am running for Congress by Jonathan Pelto, Green Party Candidate, 2nd CD

Why I am running for Congress by Jonathan Pelto, Green Party Candidate, 2nd CD

As a public education advocate, investigative journalist, small business owner, parent and former Connecticut state representative, I understand how government works.

But more importantly, I understand how our government and our elected officials are failing to provide the leadership that is needed to put this state and country back on track.

Throughout American history, each generation has worked to fulfill their fundamental obligation to leave their communities, our nation and the world a better place to live, work and raise a family.

But we are failing in the task.

Economic inequities, poverty, hunger, violence, climate change and a lack of access to an education and good jobs have created an environment in which we risk being the first generation to leave our children and future generations with less hope and opportunity.

This is not the United States or the State of Connecticut that our children and future generations deserve.

I am running for Congress because we can and must do better for our nation and its children.

I’m running for Congress because I recognize that this year’s election is critical for sustaining the future of our democracy and the nation.

Uncontested and under-contested elections reinforce apathy, and this year, perhaps more than any other in recent memory, we need every voter to understand what is at stake and learn about the issues, vote and hold those elected accountable.

I recognize that in these dark times, change will not come easily, but without joining together and raising our voices, real change will never come.

On the issues

  1. Fair and equitable tax system

My platform is to push the debate forward on behalf of the adoption of a fair and equitable tax system that requires large corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share, so that we can pay for the vital services that our citizens need, while reducing our national debt.

  1. Fiscal Responsibility

The United States has become the greatest debtor nation on Earth and we must face our responsibility of paying down our debt or we’ll leave our children and grandchildren with such crushing bills to pay that our country will never achieve financial success. I will push for balanced budgets that include a debt repayment component so that we can begin to dig undo the fiscally irresponsible actions that both parties have engaged in over the past 35 years.

  1. A government for, by, and of the people (getting money out of politics)

I will vigorously advocate for a more open and honest government that allows our citizens with access to the actions of our federal government to ensure greater accountability. I will speak up in support of legislation to overturn Citizens United which has allowed wealthy individuals to buy elections and unduly influence political decisions.

  1. Environmental Stewardship and Energy Independence

Perhaps the greatest threat to our country and the world is the threat of climate change. Climate change has already brought rising seas and more extreme weather patterns, putting human lives at risk, and crippling our economy. Without immediate action, the impacts of climate change will only worsen. I will work to combat climate change by prioritizing an energy policy that supports the development of renewable energy to greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and will dedicate resources to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

  1. A stronger, more diverse economy in Eastern CT

Eastern Connecticut’s economy is still very weak, and was one of the nation’s hardest hit by the recession. Our overreliance on only a handful of large employers concentrated within a few industries continues to make us economically vulnerable.  I will work to support the Second Congressional District’s economic development efforts by proposing actionable plans to convert our defense industry to provide our highly skilled manufacturing sector to diversify and develop products for commercial markets rather than be dependent on maintaining the military industrial complex.

  1. High quality, affordable public education

I have devoted a great deal of my political and professional career to support efforts to provide our young people and adults with high quality, affordable public education. Providing our children with knowledge, skills and opportunities is the greatest duty of any government or generation.  This campaign allows me to continue to articulate an agenda that puts an end to the corrupt and ineffective privatization of public education. These damaging policies embraced by both Republican and Democratic politicians are turning our children and our schools into profit centers for private business and have done nothing to enhance the quality of our public schools.

I will also propose real solutions to solve the student debt crisis, which has made it nearly impossible for many middle and low income children from obtaining a college education or other job training.

No one person or politician can make the fundamental changes needed to increase opportunities for all of our citizens, but together we can do those things. It is my hope that this campaign will empower people to engage in our democracy and raise their voices to address the challenges we face each as we work to build a brighter and healthier future for our children and the generations to come.

On Election Day 2016 – Help create a better future and vote!

Issues Matter – With a week to go, a last request for financial support

As the Norwich Bulletin wrote yesterday,

Pelto – advocates for a more progressive tax code that borrows heavily from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan, which would raise taxes on the rich and close many corporate loopholes. A longtime education advocate, Pelto also opposes what he views as oppressive federal oversight in public education. – Norwich Bulletin October 29, 2016

As the Green Party candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, I set out to ensure that this campaign engaged voters on a variety of vital issues including the need to adopt a fair system of taxation and putting an end to the dangerous and devastating impact of privatizing public education in this country.

At a variety of candidate debates and political events, I’ve worked to speak out about the very real problems and challenges that face our communities, our state and the nation.  I’m proud to report that these efforts have had a positive impact, especially when it comes to our historic effort to protect our students, parents, teachers and public schools from those who seek to turn public education into nothing more than profit centers for the charter school industry and their allies in the corporate education reform industry.

All of the candidates running in the 2nd Congressional District, including the incumbent, Congressman Joe Courtney, have pledged to blunt those who favor testing over teaching and are pushing the regressive elements of the corporate education reform agenda.

In addition to the debates, Pelto 2016 campaign mailings and other voter outreach activities are providing additional opportunity to educate, persuade and mobilize people to step up and speak out on the serious problems that are undermining the wellbeing of our society.

With Election Day only a week away, we continue to implement a voter contact program designed to promote a major turnout on Election Day.

Your financial support would be extremely helpful as we strive to pay the remaining bills.  Please consider making a donation to Pelto 2016.  It is quick and easy and the funds you provide will have a big impact on our ability to successfully implement our campaign strategy.

You can donate to Pelto 2016 on line by clicking on Pelto for Congress 2016 or https://pelto2016-ectgreens.nationbuilder.com/donate

Alternatively, print off and send the following form with your check to Pelto 2016, PO Box 400, Storrs, CT. 06268

Thank you so much,

Jonathan

 

Pelto 2016 Campaign Contribution Form

First Name:                                                         Last Name:

Address:

City:                                        State:                                    Zipcode:

Employer:

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Checks should be made out to Pelto 2016 and sent to:

Pelto 2016
PO Box 400
Storrs, CT. 06268

By sending a check, I certify that:

I am a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.
I am making this contribution on a personal card with my own personal funds, not those of another person or entity.
I am not a federal contractor.
I am at least 18 years old.
An individual may contribute up to $2,700 per election

Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle.

Contributions are not tax deductible.

Paid for by Pelto 2016

The Day Newspaper’s 2nd Congressional District Debate Tonight – October 25, 2016

The Day newspaper of New London will be hosting a debate among the candidates running for the 2nd Congressional District seat in this year’s election.

The debate, which will be held in the Palmer Auditorium at Connecticut College, will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. tonight.

It will be Livestreamed at http://www.theday.com/ and the Connecticut College website at http://www.conncoll.edu/

For more see: http://emsprd.conncoll.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=16061&eventdetailid=83181&showmenu=0

Media Coverage from last night’s 2nd Congressional District Debate

For pictures and a video of the debate go to: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/

The following is the media coverage from the debate; 

Norwich Bulletin – Congressional candidates do battle on guns, climate change – http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20161020/congressional-candidates-do-battle-on-guns-climate-change

WILLIMANTIC – The candidates running for the 2nd Congressional District sounded off on college affordability, defense spending and gun control at their debate Thursday at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Republican Daria Novak and Libertarian Dan Reale joined Green Party candidate Jonathan Pelto and incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on the stage of the Fine Arts Center at Eastern. The debate was sponsored by The Bulletin and moderated by Bulletin Opinion Page Editor Brendan Cox.

All had differing views on how they’d address hot-button issues such as gun control.

Courtney said he supports “common sense measures that are long overdue,” such as a background check bill that would close loopholes, and the “no fly, no buy” law that would prohibit people on the no-fly watch list from buying a gun.

“Those are common-sense measures with bipartisan support,” he said.

Novak said such measures as “safe zones” and “no fly, no buy” don’t work, and Reale has said it’s an issue best left to the states.

“This no fly, no buy nonsense, come on,” he said, “There’s no due process there. You don’t know if you’re on the list or not.”

Novak said solving “the core reasons of the violence, not taking away guns,” is what’s needed.

While they acknowledged climate change, the candidates had different views on its severity and how Congress should address it.

Pelto more aggressive action is needed on climate change.

“It’s the most significant and long-term threat to our world,” he said. “We need to engage every possible tool to reverse the effects,” including reversing subsidies for oil and natural gas and subsidizing alternatives like wind and solar.

Novak supports development of alternate forms of energy, but within the free enterprise system.

“I don’t think the government should be picking the winners and losers,” she said.

Courtney said increased fuel efficiency standards have worked.

“Automakers have embraced it and it’s been a success,” he said.

With the 2nd District home to submarine manufacturing giant Electric Boat, defense spending was a big issue for all candidates.

Courtney said the country needs to pivot more toward air and naval forces, and said EB has more work now with five submarines under construction than since the mid-1980s. Those contracts equate to about 12,000 jobs in the area, he said.

Pelto lauded that achievement but said defense industry needs to be converted to produce “products that add to our society rather than just weapons.”

Novak said the country needs to increase military spending for a “second Cold War period.”

“Our enemies have grown in strength, their militaries are modernizing,” she said.

Novak also said she wants across-the-board tax cuts “for everybody,” but didn’t fully explain how that would help fund increased defense spending.

“We’ll see a growth in the economy,” with the cuts that will cause people to spend more, she said. “It’s snowball in a positive manner.”

Education topics started off the debate at the college.

ECSU students submitted some of their own questions as part of the debate, including those focusing on college affordability and allowing undocumented immigrants to attend institutions of higher education.

Novak said the taxpayer shouldn’t be “on the hook for these student loans.”

She advocated a competitive, free-enterprise system to drive down costs.

Pelto called student debt one of the biggest barriers to middle-class prosperity.

“We have to do something, and there are a couple of things that can be done,” he said, including re-negotiating the terms of the debt.

“I can refinance my house or car, but I can’t re-finance my daughter’s debt. That’s absurd,” he said.

Courtney bemoaned the failure to update higher education laws.

“My refinancing bill is basically about refinancing debt,” he said. “We’ve got to get to the root of college affordability.”

Reale said “refinancing fraud” was at the root of college affordability issues.

“The first thing we have to do as a Congress is attack fraud,” he said. “Then we can start chipping away at the educational problem.”

 

Hartford Courant – Courtney Faces Three Challengers In 2nd District Debate – http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-joe-courtney-daria-novak-jonathan-pelto-debate-20161019-story.html

The mostly cordial first debate in the 2nd Congressional District race got personal when the topic of gun control came up, with U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney‘s Republican opponent criticizing him for taking part in a Democratic-led House sit-in to push for votes on two gun control bills.

“I will never sit down on the job,” said Daria Novak. “Gun control doesn’t work. We’ve seen that across the country. … It is our right to bear arms.”

Courtney said the two proposals House Democrats were pushing for — expanding background checks to all gun sales and banning people on terror watch lists — were “perfectly constitutional.”

Two minor party candidates also participated in the debate, Daniel Reale of the Libertarian Party and Jonathan Pelto, the Green Party candidate. Courtney was first elected to the sprawling, 64-town district in Eastern Connecticut in 2006 and is heavily favored in his bid for a sixth term. Novak and Reale have both run unsuccessfully for the seat in the past. Pelto, a longtime Democrat and former state legislator, changed his party affiliation to run on the Green Party ticket.

On gun control, Reale said he had civil liberties concerns about imposing restrictions on the Second Amendment based on government watch lists.

“This no-fly, no-buy nonsense? Come on. There’s no due process here,” Reale said. “You can’t treat the constitution like a menu.”

Pelto and Reale both called for cuts to military spending, a topic of interest in the 2nd District, home to submarine manufacturer Electric Boat in Groton and Naval Submarine Base New London.

“We need to be talking about how to convert those defense industries to be [making] products that add to our society rather than simply weapons,” said Pelto.

Novak, on the other hand, said military spending had to be increased.

“If we look at the spending levels, we’re still spending as if we’re in a Cold War period,” she said. “I think that’s very dangerous for us.” Novak said that China, Russia, Japan and North Korea are “out not only to destroy this nation, but to destroy Western civilization.”

The debate was held at Eastern Connecticut State University and much of the early discussion focused on college affordability and federal education standards. Courtney was left largely on his own when it came to defending the federal Department of Education and President Barack Obama’s Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind.

Novak called the Department of Education “a total failure.” Reale said it had “failed miserably.” Pelto, who frequently opines about education reform on his blog, said the federal government had implemented a “test and punish” system. All three called for more local and state control of education policy.

But Courtney said there have to be federal standards.

“To say we’re going to randomly let kids succeed or fail based on where they live is really a prescription for failure,” he said.

The four candidates also offered varying plans to tackle student debt. Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, has called for wiping out $1.4 trillion in federal student loan debt by taxing Wall Street and cutting the military budget.

“Eliminating student debt by writing it off in the same way we’re writing off [the] debt of the banks when the banks are too big to fail,” Pelto said.

Reale and Courtney both agreed that student loan debt should be dischargeable in bankruptcy. Novak said federal student loans have become “a cash cow” for universities, which in turn have raised their prices. She called for a closer look at the operating costs of universities, putting a priority on more educators and fewer bureaucrats.

The candidates will debate again Tuesday night at Connecticut College in New London.

Tonight – 7pm Norwich Bulletin’s 2nd Congressional District Debate

I am proud to be participating in tonight’s Norwich Bulletin Debate with the other candidates running for Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District seat.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. at the Concert Hall in the new Fine Arts Instructional Center on the Eastern Connecticut State University campus.

The Norwich Bulletin will be live streaming the event via Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/norwichbulletin

You’ll find my seat stage left – way stage left!

Please stop by if you have time or catch it on Facebook Live or watch for the video becoming available on the Norwich Bulletin website at: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/

Watch LIVE at 7 p.m.: 2nd Congressional District Debate

The Bulletin will host a political debate 7 p.m. tonight for the candidates running for U.S. Congress in the 2nd District, which covers all of Eastern Connecticut.

The event will be held at the concert hall in Eastern Connecticut State University’s new Fine Arts Instructional Center.

All four candidates — incumbent Democrat Joe Courtney, Republican Daria Novak, Libertarian Dan Reale and Green Party candidate Jonathan Pelto — will participate. Bulletin Opinion Page Editor Brendan Cox will moderate the debate.

The debate will be streamed live on The Bulletin’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/norwichbulletin

Parking is available in the Shakespeare and Cervantes parking garages: Enter the university via the 400 High Street entrance by the public safety building; go straight through three stop signs; take a left to enter one of the garages at the fourth or fifth stop sign. For those with limited mobility, parking is available at the FAIC lot: enter campus as described above; take a left at the first stop sign; at the next stop sign, take a right then a quick left into the lot.

A request for financial support because “Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy…”   

In 2004 the playwright and actor Sam Shepard wrote,

“Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy.   As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.”

With less than three weeks until Election Day, we are witnessing the horrifying effects of what happens when our democratic system begins to unravel. The dangerous ravings of a psychotic, narcissist is threatening to undermine the most fundamental elements of what we regard as our democracy.

While all eyes are rightfully focused on the developments that are taking place at the national level there are a myriad of examples were individuals and small groups of citizens are striving to breathe live into the democratic institution that we call voting and our electoral process.

As the Green Party candidate for Congress in eastern Connecticut, I’m proud to report that we are continuing our effort to enhance and upgrade the quality of debate in Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District.

The two major newspapers in the district are holding candidate debates over the next ten days and both have invited the district’s 3rd party congressional candidates to participate.  In addition, a variety of media coverage, along with other candidate forums, are providing a vehicle to raise and discuss a wide array of issues that would not otherwise be discussed during this campaign cycle.

Pelto 2016 campaign mailings and other voter outreach activities are providing yet another opportunity to educate, persuade and mobilize people to step up and speak out on the problems that are challenging our communities, state and nation.

In the face of those who seek to tear down our democracy, we will continue to strive to reinforce the recognition that a working democracy requires serious and substantive discussion and debate, not scare tactics and baseless claims of  a “rigged” election.

With that as the backdrop, I’m writing to ask – yet again – for your financial support for my campaign for Congress.

A group of dedicated donors and supporters have provided the required campaign resources that we’ve needed to date.  Some have even sent in two or three donations, and to them, I am deeply grateful.

Now, with Election Day in sight and important campaign activities yet to take place, I’m asking that you do what you can to support our effort.

Please consider making a donation to Pelto 2016.  It is quick and easy and the funds you provide will have a dramatic impact on our ability to further the debate and discussion during campaign 2016.

You can donate to Pelto 2016 on line by clicking on Pelto for Congress 2016 or https://pelto2016-ectgreens.nationbuilder.com/donate

Alternatively, print off and send the following form with your check to Pelto 2016, PO Box 400, Storrs, CT. 06268

Thank you so much,

Jonathan

Pelto 2016 Campaign Contribution Form

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An individual may contribute up to $2,700 per election

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Contributions are not tax deductible.

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Pelto campaign mailing ready to go – but additional funds needed for postage

Less than five weeks to go until Election Day and the campaign is engaged in a series of voter outreach efforts, but quite frankly we need more financial support to adequately fund the voter contact program.

At this very moment there is a voter card that has been printed and is ready to be sent, but we need your donation to make that happen.

Please consider making a campaign contribution today to Pelto 2016.

You can donate to Pelto 2016 on line by clicking on Pelto for Congress 2016 or https://pelto2016-ectgreens.nationbuilder.com/donate

Alternatively, print off and send the following form with your check to Pelto 2016, PO Box 400, Storrs, CT. 06268

Your help have a critical impact.

Please give what you can.

Thank you so much,

Jonathan

 

Pelto 2016 Campaign Contribution Form

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An individual may contribute up to $2,700 per election

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Contributions are not tax deductible.

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Pelto 2016 – 43 days until Election Day – Campaign Donations Needed

Friends,

A growing number have already stepped up to help fund my campaign as the Green Party’s candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District of Connecticut.

Thanks to this generous support I’m able to use this campaign to continue the task of educating, persuading and mobilizing people to step up and speak out about the critically important issues that we face.

Change will not come easily but together we can force real change and begin the process of putting our world, our nation and our state back on track!

However, additional funds are needed if we are going to get all the mailings out and pay for the other campaign expenses.

If you haven’t given, please consider making a contribution today.

If you have donated, I want to thank you so much and ask that you please urge your friends and family to join the cause and make a contribution to the campaign.

You can donate to Pelto 2016 on line by clicking on Pelto for Congress 2016 or https://pelto2016-ectgreens.nationbuilder.com/donate

Alternatively, print off and send the following form with your check to Pelto 2016

Thank you so much,

Jonathan

Pelto 2016 Campaign Contribution Form

First Name:                                                         Last Name:

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City:                                        State:                                    Zipcode:

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Checks should be made out to Pelto 2016 and sent to:

Pelto 2016
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By sending a check, I certify that:

I am a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.
I am making this contribution on a personal card with my own personal funds, not those of another person or entity.
I am not a federal contractor.
I am at least 18 years old.
An individual may contribute up to $2,700 per election

Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in an election cycle.

Contributions are not tax deductible.

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It’s a Sunday Evening Donation Request…

Wait, What? readers,

I’m writing to ask for your help and support. 

As many of you know, I am running as the Green Party candidate for Congress in Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District.  My goal is to use this campaign to send a clear and powerful message to elected officials that politics as usual is not acceptable.

For example, our system of public education is under assault.  The charter school industry and its corporate education reform allies are seeking to privatize public education and turn our schools into little more than Common Core testing factories and profit centers.

Our children, parents, teachers and public schools deserve far better from our elected officials.  Rather than laws like the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and other terrible education reform initiatives, public education deserves adequate resources and more support at the federal and state level.

With Election Day just seven weeks away, we’re gearing up the voter outreach efforts.  However, we still need additional funds to pay for some of the key mailings and other elements of the program. 

Please consider making a donation to Pelto 2016.

It is simple and easy, just go to:  Pelto for Congress 2016 or

https://pelto2016-ectgreens.nationbuilder.com/donate and donate what you can.

Your contributions would be extremely appreciated and very helpful.

Thank you so much,

Jonathan

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