Open Primaries Upcoming National Virtual Discussion

How to Rebuild Rural Politics & Why Our Future Depends on It

w/ Sen. Chloe Maxmin & Canyon Woodward

Through two successful elections in rural red districts in Maine that few thought could be won by a Democrat, twentysomethings Chloe Maxmin (D-District 13) and campaign manager Canyon Woodward saw how the Democratic party has focused for too long on the interests of elite leaders and big donors, forcing the party to abandon the concerns of rural America.

Maxmin and Woodward are now barnstorming the country promoting their new book, Dirt Road Revival: How to Rebuild Rural Politics and Why Our Future Depends On It, with appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher and articles in the NY Times and The Nation.  

On Tuesday May 24th at 3pm ET Open Primaries President John Opdycke will speak to Maxmin and Woodward about their new book and dive into the lessons they’ve learned from political organizing in rural America. They’ll explore not just how the political parties, but the political reform world as well can learn from them and how Maxmin successfully employed her brand of organizing to successfully pass open primaries in Maine as the lead sponsor of newly enacted legislation.   

We’re honored to have these in demand leaders and authors on our program. Trust us-you won’t want to miss it!  


About the authors:

Chloe Maxmin (D-ME) is the youngest woman to ever serve in the Maine State Senate at 28 years old. She was elected in 2020 after unseating a two-term Republican incumbent and former Senate Minority Leader. She’s received an honors degree from Harvard College, is the recipient of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, and was named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone. 

Canyon Woodward was the campaign manager for Chloe Maxmin’s successful 2018 and 2020 campaigns. He was previously a regional field director for Bernie Sanders in 2016. He earned honors degrees in social studies from Harvard College where he worked with Chloe on Divest Harvard, a 70,000+ person movement that succeeded in pressuring Harvard to divest its $53 billion endowment from fossil fuels.

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