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All candidates for Nevada State Assembly District 22 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Nevada State Assembly District 22 — incumbent Melissa Hardy (R) and Rick Ramos (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 Democratic Party controls both chambers of Nevada’s state legislature. Nevada is one of 14 states with a Democratic 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?

Hardy:   

  • “A quality education in Nevada should not be available only to those with the right zip code. That is why I am a strong supporter of school choice.”
  • “Right now, Southern Nevada is facing an unprecedented crime wave and we need leaders ready to go to Carson City and make sure that the rule of law is being enforced and existing laws are strengthened to punish offenders.”
  • “We must continue to diversify our economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the fragility of our current economy and while we have taken steps in the past toward this goal, much work remains.”

Ramos:       

  • “We need to address out of control spending and skyrocketing inflation.”
  • “Womens choice should not be suppressed or taken away. The government should not interfere in this area between a woman and her dr.”
  • “School safety for teachers and students”

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All candidates for Nevada State Assembly District 2 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

All three of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Nevada State Assembly District 2 — incumbent Heidi Kasama (R), Nick Christenson (D), and Jason Bednarz (L) — 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 Democratic Party controls both chambers of Nevada’s state legislature. Nevada is one of 14 states with a Democratic 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?

Kasam:       

  • “To support the our small business owners, and all business owners to create a vibrant and active economy.”
  • “Our schools rank near the bottom nationally so I support our new per pupil funding for transparency and accountability. I also favor changes to our current school boards.”
  • “We have an alarming lack of health care workers in our state and I want to support policies that incentivize growth of health care professionals.”

Christenson:           

  • “We need to move Las Vegas along a path to long term sustainability.”
  • “We are facing additional crises in several key areas, including housing, education, and health care. We need to move aggressively and creatively to address these.”
  • “We need to continue to diversify the valley’s economy. We have abundant opportunities to promote Las Vegas as a center for technology, clean energy, and outdoor recreation as well as in other fields.”

Bednarz:       

  • “Get the government out of our lives!”
  • “End the wars.”
  • “End the FED.”

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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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