CANDIDATE ★ HE/HIM
My name is Joshua Collins. I’m a 26-year-old truck driver, and I’m running for Congress in Washington’s 10th District. I grew up poor in the Midwest; my college plans fell apart due to a car accident, and after trying my hand at several low-wage, unstable jobs, I started team-driving with my wife.
As a truck driver, I’ve gotten to visit all 48 contiguous states; I’ve met regular working people from every corner of America, and our struggles are pretty much the same...
Unlike other political identities, leftism actually requires you to put your money where your mouth is. To that end, our campaign is organized around equal cooperation and input with all members of our staff. Conventional hierarchy is a disease, and everyone here makes the same wage, including overtime.
At a time when working for a congressional campaign is seen as lucrative, rather than a civil service, we're working to restore some amount of dignity to the process. We make decisions as a team, modeling ourselves to be community-oriented, not capitalistically cutthroat or opportunistic. Equity is essential, and has long been whittled away under capitalism, destroying labor movements, and consolidating power in an ever narrowing hierarchical scam.
America thrives under an equity of labor and the rewards it produces, and we are seeing the rebirth of the long tradition of American Socialism to restore fairer conditions in and out of the workplace. For our part, organizing our campaign along these lines contributes back into the lives of our staff and their families, and helps to push the movement forward.
Don't believe anyone who tells you we can't have a just, free, and equitable society. Anyone who insists that their employees need to be exploited for progress to exist is lying, and we're proving it.