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Open Primaries Virtual Discussion: A progressive Democrat and a conservative Republican make the case for open primaries
On paper they have nothing in common, Joe Kirby is a 4th generation South Dakota Republican and State Senator Chloe Maxmin is a rising progressive star in the Maine Democratic Party. Yet both are passionate advocates for competition, voter mobility, and open primaries.

Joe Kirby: Joe is a retired, prominent business leader and long time government reform advocate in South Dakota. He helped lead the successful change of Sioux Falls city government in the 1990s and played a leadership role in the 2016 ballot campaign to create top-two nonpartisan elections in South Dakota-which almost passed with 45% of the vote. He is also a lifelong Republican who believes strongly in the importance of competition in every arena. He recently penned a powerful op-ed that has spread across the country challenging his party to embrace electoral competition just as it has embraced market competition.

Senator Chloe Maxmin: Senator Maxmin caught the attention of many in November when she unseated Maine’s GOP Senate Minority Leader, Dana Dow, with 51% of the vote in rural, working-class District 13. She built her campaign around talking with and knocking on the doors of not only Democrats but many Republicans and independents. She realized that many of her constituents shared the same values regardless of their political affiliation which is why she’s sponsoring Maine’s semi open primary bill (LD 231) to make sure every voice is included. She’s described LD 231 as “one of the simplest and most profound ways we can build a more inclusive democracy for Maine.”

The call will be hosted by OP President John Opdycke and is being co-sponsored by The Bridge Alliance.

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May 11, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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