Community and environmental justice advocate Mayana “Yana” Ludwig is running for U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket. The formal announcement will take place at noon on Friday, June 14th at Washington Park in Laramie, Wyoming. Members of the media are invited to attend.
“I’m excited to be entering the race. There are some incredibly important and timely conversations we need to have about corporate power abuses, climate disruption, and human rights.”
If elected, Ludwig would be both the first woman and first queer person elected to the U.S. Senate from Wyoming. She is running on a platform of climate protection, human rights, economic justice, and universal health care.
Among other issues the campaign says are motivating Ludwig’s run, Wyoming’s steadily decreasing population looms large. Ludwig ties this to both economics and healthcare.
“Wyoming has been steadily losing people, and the issues I hear people talking about on their way out the door include lack of access to mental health services, few job opportunities (especially for young people) and a general sense of being unwelcome if you are different. I believe Wyoming is ready to be part of some deep conversations about how we can actively shape needed changes in our communities.” – Yana Ludwig
Ludwig has 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, mostly with environmental, intentional community, and economic and racial justice organization. The campaign is currently scheduling events for a state-wide listening tour during the summer and fall of 2019.