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All candidates for Seminole County School Board District 5 in Florida complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Seminole County School Board District 5 — Dana Fernandez and Autumn Garick — 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 Seminole County Public Schools school board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Members are elected at large.

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

Fernandez:       

“I would like to see the politics out of our schools. It is essential that we restore the power where it belongs, back to the parents. I will do everything in my power to make sure that happens. I also believe very strongly that the students have been negatively impacted by the school closures and mandates.”

Garick:       

“As an involved parent of three who attended elementary, middle and high school in Seminole County I have always been passionate about providing the very best education opportunities not just for my own children, but for every student, every school. This means knowing the issues, the schools and building relationships in the system and community.”

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All candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 42 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Florida House of Representatives District 42 — incumbent Anna Eskamani (D) and Bonnie Jackson (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 Florida’s state legislature. Florida is one of 23 states with a Republican party 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? 

Eskamani:       

  1. “While Tallahassee politicians are focused on stealing women’s rights, silencing teachers and pushing culture wars, we’re fighting to help parents feed their families, seniors afford their medicine, small businesses create jobs and everyone have an affordable place to live.”
  2. “My parents worked seven days a week to pay the rent and keep food on the table. Today it’s even harder for families. I will always fight to deliver relief to Florida families and hold corrupt price gougers accountable.”
  3. “Whether it’s reproductive rights, environmental protection, public education, health care access, housing affordability, tax policy, public safety or equality — Anna is someone who solves problems, and focuses on everyday people.”

Jackson:       

  • “Parents have the right to demand a quality education for their children taught in a safe environment. Our public schools have been transformed into pods for community organizing with a social justice agenda, instead of incubators of learning, critical thinking, and rewarding academic achievement.”
  • “Floridians have the right to demand that immigration laws are being enforced. If an individual enters our country without regard to ports of entry or existing law, then they are illegal aliens not ‘undocumented immigrants.’”
  • “Voters have lost confidence in our institutions of government, especially in the integrity of our elections. It is one of the primary benefits of citizenship, if not the primary benefit. A single illegal vote erases the legal vote cast by a citizen.”

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All candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 36 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Florida House of Representatives District 36 — Deborah Poulalion (D) and Rachel Plakon (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 Florida’s state legislature. Florida is one of 23 states with a Republican party trifecta.

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

Poulalion:           

“I’ve worked hard in Seminole County for voting access and environmental protection, and I would carry these priorities to Tallahassee as well. For most people, registering to vote is a simple process. But for those who have a felony in their past, it is a treacherous undertaking – made so intentionally by the state of Florida. I support full restoration of voting rights for returning citizens upon release from incarceration. There should never be a dollar sign attached to the right to vote.”

Plakon:           

“My priorities are the following:

  • Stand up for tax cuts and inflation relief 
  • Defend freedom & push back against federal government overreach 
  • Create a business-friendly environment where jobs can flourish 
  • Stop illegal immigration”

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All candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 2 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Florida House of Representatives District 2 — incumbent Alex Andrade (R) and Carollyn Taylor (D) — 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 Florida’s state legislature. Florida is one of 23 states with a Republican party 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?                

Andrade:           

  • “I have fought alongside Gov. DeSantis to make Florida the freest state in the country.”
  • “I have brought more record funding home for our roads and our schools.”
  • “I consistently uphold my oath to the US and Florida Constitution.”

Taylor:           

  • “Protecting our environment”
  • “Affordable and accessible healthcare”
  • “Legalizing and decriminalizing cannabis”

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All candidates for Texas 208th District Court in Harris County complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Texas 208th District Court in Harris County — Beverly Armstrong (D) and Heather Hudson (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. 

According to the Texas Courts website, “district courts have original jurisdiction in felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount of money or damages involved is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court.”

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?                

Armstrong:           

  • “Will stem the release of habitual, violent offenders thru the lowering of bonds.”
  • “Will Get back to holding trials so that people are not sitting for years waiting for justice, for their day in court.”
  • “A Fair and unbiased demeanor will rule my courtroom. Each voice will be given a chance to be heard in a fair and equitable way with decisions made by following the law, in consideration of the community at large.”

Hudson:           

  • “Crime in Houston has skyrocketed, and will continue to rise as long as repeat, violent criminal offenders are released on low bail.”
  • “Hudson will work diligently to reduce the staggering backlog of criminal cases in Harris County by holding trial and giving victims and defendants their day in court.”
  • “Hudson will follow the rule of law and will treat all litigants, jurors, witnesses, and lawyers with dignity and respect.”

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All candidates for Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 7 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 7 — Marq Clayton (D) and Eric Starnes (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 Tarrant County Criminal Courts are trial courts in Tarrant County, Texas.

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?                

Clayton:           

  • “Compassion – I am committed to treating every individual with dignity and respect no matter the reason they are in the courtroom.”
  • “Fairness – I am committed to ensuring that all individuals are aware of programs, resources, and opportunities that are available to them through the court.”
  • “Diversity – My background and professional experience are diverse. I’ve litigated cases as a prosecutor, defense attorney, and family law attorney.”

Starnes:       

  • “Experienced- nearly 3 decades of criminal justice experience including 15 years as an attorney with criminal and civil experience.”
  • “Knowledgeable- studied and taught areas of law that deal with crimes, such as DWIs, that have a heavy impact on the case load in this court.”
  • “Dedication to neutrality- recognition the trial judge is to remain impartial between the parties, not legislate personal views from the bench, and uphold the laws of the United States and the State of Texas.”

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All candidates for Ohio House of Representatives District 56 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Ohio House of Representatives District 56 — Joy Bennett (D) and Adam Mathews (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 Ohio’s state legislature. Ohio is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What do you perceive to be your state’s greatest challenges over the next decade?            

Bennett:           

“Human rights for all. I am committed to protecting the basic human rights of women and historically oppressed people by enacting laws that guarantee our freedom and equal standing in our homes, communities, and under the law, and blocking laws that strip us of our rights and bodily autonomy. Human rights also include access to quality education, living wages, dignified work, and healthcare.”

Mathews:       

“Pro-Liberty Adam believes the government should be bound by our Constitutions and laws. We need to strengthen the State Legislature against overreach, especially when it interferes with our schools, businesses, and daily lives. Decision-making should be as local as possible, ideally down to the individual and municipal levels.”

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All candidates for Montana House of Representatives District 59 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Montana House of Representatives District 59 — incumbent Marty Malone (R) and Ruth Weissman (D) — 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 government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What do you perceive to be your state’s greatest challenges over the next decade?            

Malone:           

“Keeping taxes low and government smaller.”

Weissman:       

“Managing growth. Balancing access to and conservation of natural resources. Providing affordable and effective healthcare, including mental health services and prevention.”

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All candidates for Missouri House of Representatives District 140 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Missouri House of Representatives District 140 — Amy Freeland (D) and Jamie Ray Gragg (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 Missouri’s state legislature. Missouri is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta government.

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?            

Freeland:           

  • “Public education is under attack in our county, from book banning to the ‘school choice’ movement (funneling public tax dollars into private schools).”
  • “Everyone deserves quality, affordable healthcare. I support lowering health insurance and prescription drug costs, expanding employer-provided health coverage, funding local hospitals, and expanding Medicaid enrollment.”
  • “I will support our economy by prioritizing local businesses and workers’ rights above corporate interests.”

Gragg:       

  • “I am the only PRO-LIFE candidate running for this office. Life DOES begin at conception and we as humans cannot second guess God’s plan when He creates that life.”
  • “I am the only PRO 2A candidate running for this office. Our rights to protect ourselves, our family and others needs to be protected.”
  • “As a Constitutional Conservative, I will do all I can do to protect your God given and Constitutionally supported individual rights.”

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All candidates for Minnesota State Senate District 41 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Minnesota State Senate District 41 — Judy Seeberger (D) and Tom Dippel (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 the State Senate in Minnesota’s state legislature, and the Democratic Party controls the House of Representatives. Minnesota is one of 13 states with a divided government.

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?            

Seeberger:       

  • “My top priority is to fight for an economy that works for Minnesotans.”
  • “I am running to ensure that SD 41 has safe neighborhoods and thriving communities. As a paramedic, I work on the front lines of public safety and see first-hand the impact crime has on individuals, families and communities.”
  • “I will always fight to protect women’s right to choose. Government has no place in private conversations between patients and doctors.”

Dippel:               

  • “We must fix our broken economy. This means lower taxes and less regulations on business.”
  • “Crime is a problem that must be addressed. We need to support our law enforcement and bolster our criminal justice system.”
  • “Education has been overwhelmed by social experiments. We need to get back to the fundamentals of education – reading, writing, arithmetic, etc.”

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