Out of this world candidate being recruited for Senate race

Mark Kelly on ISS focus large

Photo: NASA

314 Action, a nonprofit political action committee that recruits and supports scientists and candidates with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) backgrounds to run for office has launched a campaign to recruit retired astronaut Mark Kelly to run for the Democratic nomination for Arizona’s 2020 Senate race. As the Arizona Republic reported, Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, (D-AZ), and a former Navy combat pilot, has been named as a potential 2020 candidate. While Kelly hasn’t spoken on record whether or not he intends to enter the race, his spokesperson confirmed his interest.

Rodd McLeod said in a statement that “Arizonans live with the impact of climate change every day. It’s encouraging to see folks in the science and tech communities spurring us to deal with these serious problems. Mark is considering running for U.S. Senate in order to address climate change, wage growth and many other serious issues.” 314 launched a website, DraftMarkKelly.org, where supporters can sign a petition to persuade Kelly to run for the special election, where the winner will serve the final two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s term. McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, died Aug. 25 after a battle with brain cancer. 314 Action (named after the mathematical constant Pi) has an impressive track record as 9 of the candidates they backed during the 2018 cycle won seats in the U.S. House and Senate, the largest number of scientists ever elected.

Why This Matters: 314 Action says that it aims to recruit candidates who are committed to tackling public policy issues that are rooted in fact and not political ideology. They hope to support, defend, and make science more accessible to everyone including making communication between the STEM community and elected officials more seamless. I (Miro) personally think it would be really cool to have an astronaut in office who is committed to climate issues!

cheer up flirting GIF by GIPHY Studios Originals

Up Next

New Mobilization For Climate Action: World War Zero

New Mobilization For Climate Action: World War Zero

Yesterday, with an all-out media blitzkrieg, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a group of high profile leaders from business, entertainment, the military and politics launched a campaign called “World War Zero” to mobilize Americans and people around the world to tackle climate change.

Why This Matters:  This is the most powerful group of leaders to mobilize yet — and leadership on this issue right now is in short supply.

Continue Reading 543 words
For the Conservation Movement, It’s Almost Heaven, West Virginia

For the Conservation Movement, It’s Almost Heaven, West Virginia

By Monica Medina, Founder and CEO of Our Daily Planet And now, for those of you who need a break from a long week of impeachmentpalooza, take a trip with us to Shepherdstown, West Virginia — a small town, nestled at the northeastern edge of the Shenandoah Valley, practically an exurb of Washington, D.C. It […]

Continue Reading 955 words
Hero of the Week: Tracy Danzey Who Walked Across Denmark In Protest

Hero of the Week: Tracy Danzey Who Walked Across Denmark In Protest

Earlier this week, we attended a DC screening of the excellent movie starring Mark Ruffalo entitled “Dark Waters” that opens today in theaters and were impressed with all the real-life heroes portrayed in the film.  And then we heard about Tracy.  Tracy was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV, (the setting for the film) where […]

Continue Reading 359 words