Amanda runs for Congress … in pain and wheelchair

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An Oregon woman in chronic pain is bidding to enter US congress – despite her disability and need of a wheelchair. I first came across her on Facebook, in a group dedicated to PPMS (Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis).

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Amanda Siebe will “fight for real solutions to benefit all.”

Amanda Siebe, 35, describes herself as a chronic pain warrior and activist – and is one of three candidates determined to oust incumbent Suzanne Bonamici at the Democratic primary scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19. As Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, it is likely that it will proceed as planned, without any hindrance from coronavirus restrictions.

Mind you, the disease has played its part in cutting back on the time that the candidates have been out and about meeting voters and seeking support.

Topping that poll will lead to being named as the party’s nominee to run for election to represent the city’s First Congressional District, which It is rated as solid or safe Democratic.

Siebe has complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). According to the National Institutes of Health, this is a chronic pain condition.

She said: “I’m running for Congress so disabled women once again have a voice in the US House. If elected, I plan to join #TheSquad as a voice for patients, disability rights, & injured workers.”

Dignity, equality, and respect

She continued: “I will fight to ensure we all have the dignity, equality, and respect we need to live a quality life.

“Together we can make change a reality!”

Her campaign targets the wealth gap, a basic standard of life, mass incarceration, and establishing housing, food, education, and healthcare as human rights.

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Campaign artwork showing Amanda in her wheelchair with her service dog Dobbie.

If she wins the primary and is eventually successful in being elected to the House of Representatives, Siebe will become only the second ever #disabled woman in the history of US #Congress. Impressive.

She told me: “It’s time to get a real progressive. We need to elect candidates who understand what it’s like to try to survive poverty.”

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici has represented the district since February 2012. In Congress, she is a leader on the Education and Labor Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services.

Siebe, though, is unimpressed. She said: ”@RepBonamici gives us fluffy words that sound nice without accomplishing or fighting (for) anything specific. But that’s not me. I’ll fight for real solutions to benefit all!

“We need to stop electing politicians who only fight for some.”

The two remaining candidates in the primary are Ricky Barajas and Heidi Briones.

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For example:

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Note: Health-related information available on 50shadesofsun website is for your general knowledge only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Ian is not a doctor, so cannot and does not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues. Also, consult a doctor before starting a new diet or exercise programme. Any opinions expressed are purely his own unless otherwise stated.


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