Misty Plowright brings #OurRevolution to Colorado’s 5th Congressional District
Colorado Congressional Candidate Misty Plowright won’t be told what is or isn’t possible. “I’ve spent my entire life overcoming the odds,” she tells the press.
Plowright knows exactly what it’s like to climb the socioeconomic ladder when the odds are stacked against you. Growing up in a small impoverished Southern Baptist community, she likens her story to the proverbial rags-to-riches archetype. She’s witnessed the failings of a broken criminal justice system up close and personal, having been raised by her Grandmother after her Mom was locked up for using a firearm to defend herself from sexual assault.
“I’ve got a pretty wide Libertarian streak in me,” she told attendees of a Public Forum held at a library in Fountain, Colorado on August 20th.
Misty made headlines earlier this year when she won the Democratic primary for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District. When the votes were tallied, she became the first openly Trans woman to receive a nomination for the US House of Representatives. Plowright is refreshingly candid about her lifestyle when asked — which perhaps explains the lukewarm reception she’s received by Democratic Party Officials. Still, when the subject of her personal life comes up, she is quick to remind reporters that she’d rather discuss the issues at hand.
The decision to throw her name in the hat for the District 5 House seat is often perceived as a bold one. Described as the most conservative district in Colorado, D5 hasn’t seen a Democrat elected in its entire existence. Having witnessed a population boom in recent years, the Colorado Springs area’s demographics are rapidly shifting. Misty saw an in, and she took it.
The campaign trail kicked off emphasizing a strong focus on retail politics, with a series of Town Hall events scheduled around the district, inviting the public to ask questions, and share their concerns. The informal community round tables evoke an air of approachability surrounding the Candidate, demonstrating a stark contrast to the public persona donned by current House District incumbent, Doug Lamborn. (At the August 20th event, constituents remarked frustration with being dismissed or outright ignored when expressing concerns to Lamborn’s staff.)
The Plowright Campaign is eager in its outreach to people who might not normally vote, or who usually vote Republican due to the party’s stance on hot button issues like Abortion and Gun rights.
“I don’t get caught up in the partisanship… The talking past each other and stuff,” Plowright told voters in attendance.
“I mean, I don’t think the government has any business between a doctor and a patient. Period. I don’t care who it is, or what it’s about. So that makes me come down on the side of reproductive rights. Pro-Choice. But I was also raised Southern Baptist, and I know exactly where the Pro-Life side is coming from. I understand what their concerns are, what their issues are, and the real visceral moral objection that they have to abortion… There’s a solution here where we both win. And that is, quite simply, that is to invest in medical research. Effectively make abortion obsolete. Come up with a better answer.”
Winning over voters will be an uphill battle for Plowright, one she intends to win by working in step with locals of differing ideologies.
“I’m not so arrogant to think that I know everything, or that I have all the answers — because I don’t… Come out, you know? Talk to me. You might even change my mind.”
Plowright’s next public appearance will be on Tim Black at Night’s show this Thursday 8/25 at 7PM Mountain. You can catch the live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/c/TimsTake/live
Subsequent Town Halls will be held at public libraries throughout the Pikes Peak region in the coming weeks. See the schedule at http://www.mistyforcongress.com/events
To learn more about Plowright’s candidacy, or to donate — visit http://www.mistyforcongress.com/
You can also follow @Misty4Congress on Twitter, and her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MistyForCongress/