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All candidates for Wake County Board of Commissioners District 3 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Wake County Board of Commissioners District 3 in North Carolina — Cheryl Stallings (D) and Irina Comer (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

The county commission functions as the county’s primary legislative and policy-making body. County commissioners are tasked with approving the annual budget and setting the property tax rate, enacting ordinances, and regulating zoning and land use. Wake County has seven commissioners who are elected by district. 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?

Stallings:           

  • “A healthy and sustainable economy for the people of Wake County. This incudes continued work in Economic Developement as we work to bring good jobs for diverse skill sets throughout the County.”
  • “A healthy and sustainable community for all. This includes working to support a robust system of public schools, public health and mental health services, housing affordability, and safe communities.”
  • “A healthy and sustainable environment for all. This includes staying on track with the County’s renewable energy goals; continued work in preserving and maintaining our open spaces/green spaces, parks/greenways, and family farms; and staying on track with our long range public transportation goals (which include expanded bus services, bus rapid transit, and commuter rail).”

Comer:

  • “Lower taxes. The current Commissioners aim to maximize revenue through taxes and then look for things to spend it on. That approach leads to inefficient government services and a very high tax burden for working families.”
  • “School choice. The Wake County Public School System used to be one of the envies of the country. However, enrollment continues to decline and quality continues to suffer. I believe public education needs competition like any other venture.”
  • “Public safety. Wake County residents deserve to live and work in a community that is safe for them and their families. While I believe firmly in limited government, I also believe that public safety is a core responsibility of county government through which order is enforced and individual rights are respected.”

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All candidates for Wake County School Board District 1 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Wake County School Board District 1 in North Carolina — Cheryl Caulfield andBen Clapsaddle — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

According to the Wake County county public school system website, the school board is made up of nine members who “set policy for the school system implemented by the superintendent and administrative staff. The board also adopts an annual budget proposal that includes its request for local funding from the Wake County Board of Commissioners as well as its plan for using state and federal funds.”

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

Caulfield:        

  • “Teachers need our support. That starts with understanding the real issues, what they need and how to get it. First, we need to listen to our teachers. We pay $100,000’s to consultants, yet teachers are our front-line, and they know what works in the classroom.”
  • “WCPSS needs to focus on our learning loss recovery, and get back to basics; remove the politics in the classroom, and focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic.”
  • “Fiscal responsibility is imperative. We budget for million of dollars on textbooks, but our children do not have textbooks. While our superintendent is the highest paid in the nation, our teachers sit at the low end of the national pay.”

Clapsaddle:

  • “Supporting Teachers and Staff: I will always respect the concerns of our educators, teaching assistants, specialists, support staff, and administrators. They are professionals and deserve a strong support system, continuing professional development, and competitive pay.”
  • “Parental Involvement and Partnership: I want to partner with parents to make sure their needs and concerns are heard and addressed. I believe a school system works best when parents are involved in the policies concerning their children.”
  • “Fair Budgeting I believe in being fiscally responsible, with an openness towards community concerns, and effective resourcing for all Wake County Public Schools.”

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All candidates for Montana State Senate District 42 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Montana State Senate District 42 — Mary Anne Dunwell (D) and Matt Olson (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Montana’s state legislature. Montana is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 

Dunwell:

  • “I’m a pro-choice candidate with experienced service leadership for public benefit, not my personal gain.”
  • “I have a strong background in revenue policy and continue to promote and vote for a fairer tax system. We must stop giving unfair tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations at the expense of hard-working Montanans and small businesses.”
  • “My job is to serve you, whether you vote for me or not. When people ask me if I’m a Democrat or Republican, I reply that I’m a fellow Montanan with integrity, courage, and compassion, and the Democratic candidate for SD 42.”

Olson:   

  • “I am honest and have integrity . I WILL NOT make promises just to get elected. I will lead by example by studying issues to the best of my ability . I will show up to work.”
  • “I will uphold our Montana and United States constitution. Our personal rights and freedoms must be protected.”
  • “I believe in fiscal responsibility. We cannot continue to spend borrowed money. That is why it is so important to get team members back to work and provide an environment where business can thrive. We are only able to provide programs from tax revenue. If we cannot earn it, we should spend it.”

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All candidates for Guilford County Schools school board District 6 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Guilford County Schools school board District 6 in North Carolina— incumbent Khem Irby (D) and Tim Andrew (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Guilford County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected by district and one member is elected at large. According to the Guilford County Schools website, the board members “establish policies that govern our school system, including its curriculum, facilities, financial resources and personnel.“

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Irby:

“I am personally passionate about being able to provide the best possible education with the resources that are given to us. I am committed to working with and advocating along side my colleagues for a greater investment for public good of education. Our policies must show children that we want them to be successful and that we respect and support educators for being the experts in a successful educational system.”

Andrew:                   

“Increasing student proficiency and preparing our graduates to compete in our modern economy. Guilford County is on the cusp of great economic development, and we need to prepare our students to take advantage of the opportunities that are here.”

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All candidates for Guilford County Schools school board District 2 in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Guilford County Schools school board District 2 in North Carolina— Amanda Cook (D) and Crissy Pratt (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Guilford County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected by district and one member is elected at large. According to the Guilford County Schools website, the board members “establish policies that govern our school system, including its curriculum, facilities, financial resources and personnel.“

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Cook:

“Standardized testing has to go. The mental, emotional, and physical toll it takes on teacher and students is not paying off in any way. I believe we need to evaluate our allotment model in Guilford County. Our current model allows inequality among schools to offer courses which students are interested in taking or that might better prepare them for the future.”

Pratt:                   

“I am passionate about educating students. It has been my life’s work, in every job that I have held. I believe in allowing every student to reach their full potential and to grow and learn. However, I am very concerned by what appears to be a lowered bar of standards in GCS. Our test scores have been trending downward for years, even pre-Covid. We have allowed distractions to take the focus away from what school is all about – education.”

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All candidates for Guilford County Schools school board At-large seat in North Carolina complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for the Guilford County Schools school board At-large seat in North Carolina— Alan Sherouse (D) and Demetria Carter (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Guilford County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. Eight members are elected by district and one member is elected at large. According to the Guilford County Schools website, the board members “establish policies that govern our school system, including its curriculum, facilities, financial resources and personnel.“

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 

Sherouse:

  • “Working for equity. Our public schools represent our best collective opportunity to impact the lives of our children and youth.”
  • “Valuing teachers. Our GCS professional educators should be trusted, empowered and supported to ensure their longevity and thriving in our system, as well as the continued growth of our students.”
  • “Improving Facilities. With the approval of the recent SMART bond, GCS has a tremendous opportunity to provide new and renovated environments for our students and educators.”

Carter:                   

  • “When elected to the GC BOE, I will advance the rights of parents to be involved in their child’s education.”
  • “When elected to the GC BOE, I will fight to ensure our schools educate and provide opportunities and resources to and for students to excel academically!”
  • “When elected to the GC BOE, I will ensure our schools are neutral places of learning and are safe places of learning! All politics must be eliminated from our schools. Teachers must not be allowed to tell a child she/he is essentially worthless due to the color of their skin. Moreover, no teacher is qualified to discuss gender identity or gender-affirming care with any student.ey are not qualified to”

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All candidates for St. Louis Board of Aldermen President in Missouri complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for St. Louis Board of Aldermen President in Missouri — John Coatar and Megan Ellyia Green — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

According to the St. Louis website, the Board of Aldermen “is the legislative body of the City of St. Louis and creates, passes, and amends local laws, as well as approve the City’s budget every year. There are twenty-eight aldermen, one from each ward in the City and a President.” 

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Coatar:           

“I am interested in keeping the City of St. Louis safe, ensuring that quality city services work for all, supporting organized labor and working families, improving the infrastructure of the City, promoting responsible development, and building meaningful and effective coalitions throughout the city. “

Green:               

“I am passionate about about policy that builds a Saint Louis for all. Economic policy that produces a Saint Louis where workers are paid what they deserve, where worker’s right to have a union is protected, have protected. Policy that ensures our children have high quality and affordable education from an early age, where parents don’t have to pay a mortgage or forego basic necessities to cover the cost of childcare.”

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All candidates for Prince George’s County Board of Education District 6 in Maryland complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Prince George’s County Board of Education District 6 in Maryland — Branndon Jackson and Ashley Kearney — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

The Prince George’s County Board of Education consists of 13 members. Nine members are elected by district to four-year terms, three members are appointed by the county executive and one member is appointed by the county council.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Jackson:           

“Equity in Education All students are created equal, but not all student’s circumstances are the same. Equity must be a driving factor in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). For PGCPS students to flourish, we must all engage as a community in promoting equity. We must remain sensitive to the needs of each student to help bridge the opportunity gap.”

Kearney:               

“I am passionate about ensuring that students are provided safe, joyous, and empowering 21st century learning communities led by highly qualified educators who feel supported leading the charge. As a result, my platform consists of the following issues: school safety, school infrastructure, community schools, educator effectiveness and workforce development.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 81 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 81 — incumbent Rachel Hood (D) and Lynn Afendoulis (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. 

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with a divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about? 

Hood:           

“Michigan needs tweaks to maximize our competitive edge in the 21st Century. In order to accomplish this, our communities must be attractive places to raise families, live, work and play. Preparing our state for its future as a refuge from climate change impact is my core focus. In order to achieve that vision, Michigan must have great schools, a dynamic workforce, and vibrant local economies; Accessible, affordable healthcare and environmental justice; Clean energy, and protected watersheds.”

Afendoulis:               

“I am passionate about a healthy Michigan — economies, communities, families, environmental ecosystems, and all the things that I want to improve for our children. So, I am passionate about the policy at hand that will allow us to do those things. That said: Health policy is critical because we need to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all. There are things we can do at the state level to help do that. Economic policy is critical because without jobs or opportunity, our systems & communities collapse.”

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Robe & Gavel November 7, 2022: Federal Judicial Vacancy Count released for Nov. 1

Welcome to the Nov. 7 edition of Robe & Gavel, Ballotpedia’s newsletter about the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and other judicial happenings around the U.S.

Hello again, gentle readers! What an action-packed week we have on our hands: it’s election week, the second week of SCOTUS’ November sitting, and we have a fresh set of monthly data on the federal judiciary to unpack. Let’s mop our brows and gavel in, shall we?

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Grants

Since our previous issue, SCOTUS has accepted three new cases to its merits docket.

On Nov. 4, the court granted review in the following cases: 

  • Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi originates from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and concerns federal patent applications.
  • Abitron Austria GmbH v. Hetronic International, Inc. originates from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. The case involves the Lanham Act and trademark infringement claims.
  • Arizona v. Navajo Nation (Consolidated with Department of the Interior v. Navajo Nation)
  •  originate from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and concern a water rights dispute over the Colorado River.

To date, the court has agreed to hear 39 cases during its 2022-2023 term

Arguments

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in five cases this week. Click here to read more about SCOTUS’ current term.

Nov. 7

Nov. 8

Nov. 9

The court’s December argument sitting begins on Nov. 28. The court will hear arguments in nine cases.

Nine cases have not yet been added to the argument calendar.

Opinions

SCOTUS has not issued any opinions since our previous edition. 

The Federal Vacancy Count

The Federal Vacancy Count tracks vacancies, nominations, and confirmations to all United States Article III federal courts in a one-month period. 

The Nov. 1 report covers nominations, confirmations, and vacancies from Oct. 2 through Nov. 1. The U.S. Courts data used for this report is published on the first of each month and covers the previous month.

Highlights

  • Vacancies: There were two new judicial vacancies. There were 87 vacancies out of 870 active Article III judicial positions. Including the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. territorial courts, 89 of 890 active federal judicial positions were vacant.  
  • Nominations: There was one new nomination. 
  • Confirmations: There were no new confirmations.

Vacancy count for Nov. 1, 2022

A breakdown of the vacancies at each level can be found in the table below. For a more detailed look at the vacancies in the federal courts, click here.

*Though the United States territorial courts are named as district courts, they are not Article III courts. They are created in accordance with the power granted under Article IV of the U.S. Constitution. Click here for more information.

New vacancies

Two judges left active status, creating Article III life-term judicial vacancies. The president nominates individuals to fill Article III judicial positions. Nominations are subject to U.S. Senate confirmation.

The following chart compares the number of vacancies on the United States Courts of Appeals on the date of President Joe Biden’s (D) inauguration to vacancies on Nov. 1.

U.S. District Court vacancies

The following map shows the vacancy percentage in each of the United States District Courts as of Nov. 1, 2022.

New nominations

President Biden announced one new nomination:


The president has announced 142 Article III judicial nominations since taking office Jan. 20, 2021. For more information on the president’s judicial nominees, click here.

New confirmations

The U.S. Senate has confirmed no new nominees since our previous edition.

As of Nov. 1, 2022, the Senate had confirmed 84 of President Biden’s judicial nominees—58 district court judges, 25 appeals court judges, and one Supreme Court justice.

Comparison of Article III judicial appointments over time by president (1981-Present)

  • Presidents have appointed an average of 77 judges through Nov. 1 of their second year in office.
  • President Bill Clinton (D) made the most appointments through Nov. 1 of his second year with 128. President Barack Obama (D) made the fewest with 43.
  • President Donald Trump (R) made the most appointments through four years with 234. President Reagan made the fewest through four years with 166.

Need a daily fix of judicial nomination, confirmation, and vacancy information? Click here for continuing updates on the status of all federal judicial nominees.

Or, keep an eye on this list for updates on federal judicial nominations.

Looking ahead

We’ll be back on Nov. 28 with a new edition of Robe & Gavel to herald in the new SCOTUS term. Until then, gaveling out! 

Contributions

Kate Carsella compiled and edited this newsletter with contributions from Caitlin Styrsky, Myj Saintyl, and Sam Post.