As We Kiss The Summer Midterm Challenges GoodBye, We Climb Uphill Towards the 2022 Midterm Elections Nationwide, Here are Key Races to Watch

We encourage democratic voters to be as much more involved in their local elections in the coming years. Each primary is important. Each special general is important. Presidential elections which occur every 4 years are popular. We need the local and state level leadership to operate and reflect the electorate. The new United States includes abortion access, the power of the people to PEACFULLY protest, and to have access to voting polls. There is one party that is way too big and there’s another Grand Old Party that needs to be massively upgraded. The onus is on you, the voter, and as we all learned through our lived experiences, a neighboring state’s leadership is just as important as our own. The Roe v Wade reversal is now in the hands of state legislatures and Governors. These elected officials make more of a difference to your everyday life than you may think. We will do our best to bring you as much legitimate points of views during this next season to help you make those ballot box decisions proudly, it’s our American reality. Democracy is the greatest gift in the World, and the United States of America is it’s protector. Our fight continues.

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We start first in Arizona, where Senator Mark Kelly is making a run to save his seat, he is the husband to former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Find more here

He is an independent leader who came to the Senate to serve Arizona’s working families, not corporate special interests.

As the son of two police officers, Senator Kelly learned the value of public service at an early age. He attended public schools from elementary school all the way through graduate school. Senator Kelly earned his B.S. degree in marine engineering and nautical science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and later an M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

He helped co-sponsor the bipartisan gun reform bill back in June. “Today’s bipartisan vote is an example of what can get done when Republicans and Democrats come together to solve real problems, which is exactly what I came to Washington to do,” said Kelly, whose wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound to her head in a 2011 assassination attempt. “Our legislation will make our schools and communities safer, save innocent lives, and expand mental health care services while protecting our Second Amendment rights. I look forward to swift House passage so that our bill can get to the President’s desk as soon as possible.” This week, the Kremlin put personal sanctions on him in response of the gun safety bill. To learn more about Mark’s work in the Senate, visit here.

Senator Mark Kelly

Let’s hop a jet over to Georgia, where powerful players are still needing support to secure their seat. Raphael Warnock is one of those people. As much hype that has been placed onto his campaign, mainly the January 6th Capitol triggered by run off elections in his state has left many Americans questioning the entire system. Kidding, they were questioning it way before Mr. Warnock entered the field.

Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah, born one of twelve brothers and sisters raised in coastal Georgia.

His father, a veteran, small businessman and preacher, grew up in Burke and Screven County, GA. Senator Reverend Warnock’s mother grew up in Waycross, GA, where she spent summers picking tobacco and cotton. A graduate of Savannah’s Sol C. Johnson High School, Senator Raphael Warnock’s mother and extended family still lives in the Savannah area.

Senator Warnock is a proud graduate of Morehouse College; after graduating from Morehouse, he went onto earn a PhD and begin his career ordained in the ministry. For over 15 years, Senator Warnock has served as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the youngest pastor selected to serve in that leadership role at the historic church.

Senator Warnock was elected to the United States Senate in the January 5, 2021, in a special election runoff for the term ending January 3, 2023, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson, a seat previously held by appointed Senator Kelly Loeffler. He took the oath of office on January 20, 2021.

Currently, Senator Warnock serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, as well as the Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee.

This week, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, secured up to $300 million to help eliminate barriers to land, capital, and market access for underserved farmers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on August 24 that it would begin looking for partner organizations to carry out projects that achieve these critical goals. According to USDA, these projects must focus on strengthening land access with respect to capital or market access. Additionally, USDA announced $250 million in investments for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to create career development opportunities in agriculture for Next Gen Scholars. Eligible entities include 1890 land-grant universities, such as Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia.

Vegas anyone? Indeed. As Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is perhaps the most challenged democrat to lose her seat to a Republican. Late last week she spoke to NBC news about her upcoming race, “Nevada’s races are always competitive,”, “I’m not going to take anything for granted — and you can’t.” She put out a negative ad to address her opponent’s highly elitist background.

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