Author running for president to speak at Memorial Union


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Jake Webster

Author and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson will deliver a lecture at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Union.

Williamson formed an exploratory committee in November 2018 before officially announcing her campaign this January. She had previously run as an independent in the blanket primary for California’s 33rd congressional district in 2014, receiving 13.2 percent of the vote.

Since announcing her campaign, Williamson has already visited Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, all early voting states in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Williamson, 66, has published at least 12 books including at least one New York Times bestseller. Her books generally touch on themes of spirituality, with titles including “The Law of Divine Compensation” and “The Age of Miracles.”

Throughout her career Williamson has counseled heads of state, focusing on spiritual enlightenment and well-being. Her lecture Tuesday will be on the topic of turning love into a political force.

“We don’t normally associate politics with a deep level of our internal existence, but this is the 21st Century now and all of that needs to change,” according to Williamson’s issues page on her campaign’s website.

Williamson co-founded The Peace Alliance, an organization seeking to empower “civic action toward a Culture of Peace.” According to the alliance’s mission page, they are “taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the center of national discourse and policy priorities.”

If Williamson were to win the Democratic nomination, it would be the first time the party has nominated a presidential candidate with no experience in the military or public office.

In the most recent poll of likely Iowa caucus goers for CNN and the Des Moines Register, only 20 percent of voters had an opinion of Williamson, with 80 percent either having no opinion or not knowing enough about her to have one. Zero voters who were polled listed Williamson as their first choice for president.