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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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All candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 37 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Florida House of Representatives District 37 — incumbent Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) and Susan Plasencia (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 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? 

Smith:   

  • “Gun Reform is needed so families can feel safe and to lessen gun violence in Florida.”
  • “We must protect Abortion Healthcare Access and reproductive rights.”
  • “We must support teachers and public school administration/staff. Paying them living wages.”

Plasencia:           

  • “The Federal Government is the main driving force of our high gas prices. I support suspension or tax holiday from the State Gas Tax.”
  • “School Safety Create an environment which lowers the cost of housing by working to remove red tape that hinders home builders while continuing to protect the rural boundaries.”
  • “Our children are what is most important to us. I support and will work with Law Enforcement to provide Resource Officers in our schools.”

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Florida House of Representatives elections, 2022



All candidates for Georgia House of Representatives District 54 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Georgia House of Representatives District 54 — incumbent Betsy Holland (D) and John Bailey (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 Georgia’s state legislature. Georgia 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?

Holland:       

  • “I will protect women’s access to healthcare, including access to birth control, fertility treatments and abortion.”
  • I support common sense measures to reduce gun violence in our communities, including limiting the sale of semi-automatic weapons and requiring basic in-home safety measures.”
  • “I support fully funding public education, and I support additional pay raises and benefits expansions for teachers and other education professionals.”

Bailey:   

  • “Stop the Crime”
  • “Improve Education”
  • “Provide representation and leadership to the residents of the district.”

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Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2022



All candidates for Idaho State Senate District 10 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Idaho State Senate District 10 — Bob Solomon (D) and Tammy Nichols (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 Idaho’s state legislature. Idaho 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?

Solomon:           

  • “I hope to work with other legislators to solve long standing issues. Rising property taxes, crowded classrooms and desperately needed schools, poorly managed growth, rising housing and other living costs need attention.”
  • “I view representing our district as a sacred trust under our system of government. This means listening and talking with people.”
  • “I will work for an Idaho in which young people (really everyone) can live, work and recreate, enjoying and preserving the Idaho way of life–including home ownership.”

Nichols:       

  • “The Senate has been a place where good legislation has gone to die, it is time to change that”
  • “I take the arrows to protect and stand for our rights and will continue that over in the Senate.”
  • “The voice of the people needs to be heard and represented, not ignored. I have been and will continue to be that voice.”

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All candidates for Illinois House of Representatives District 16 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Illinois House of Representatives District 16 — Kevin Olickal (D) and Vince Romano (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 Democratic Party controls both chambers of Illinois’ state legislature. Illinois 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?

Olickal:           

  • “I want to provide the 16th District with the kind of ethical, effective, and proactive representation it deserves.”
  • “I am a progressive Democrat committed to fighting for middle-class and working families,”
  • “I have been endorsed by our nations leading gun violence prevention groups because they know I am committed to keeping our community safe.”

Romano:       

  • “SAFETY/CRIME- If you value safety for your families and community, you need to vote for me. My opponent is a champion of NO CASH BAIL and wants criminals back on the streets ASAP.”
  • “ECONOMY/JOBS- If you value good jobs and a keeping business in Illinois, you need to vote for me.”
  • “TAXES- Illinois has the highest overall tax rate of all states, with over 7000 units of government( over 3 times that of Texas which has 4 times our population)”

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Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2022



All candidates for Illinois State Senate District 56 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Illinois State Senate District 56 — incumbent Kris Tharp (D) and Erica Harriss (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 Democratic Party controls both chambers of Illinois’ state legislature. Illinois 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?

Tharp:                       

  • “Protecting peoples access to healthcare so that people are not choosing between medical procedures and feeding their families.”
  • “Protecting jobs and creating an economy to support the middle class is a priority in the 56th district. We need to bring good-paying manufacturing jobs back to Illinois.”
  • “Keeping our communities safe from dangerous criminals. I have been in law enforcement my entire life, and my son is a police officer and my wife is a corrections officer. We need to make sure that our police officers have what they need to keep our communities safe and invest more money in mental health services.”

Harriss:       

  • “To reduce the overbearing tax burden on Illinois families by supporting legislation to cap and freeze property taxes, by opposing a progressive income tax, and voting against taxing retirement income.”
  • “To confront Springfield corruption by supporting comprehensive ethics reform, greater power for the Legislative Inspector General, and term limits for leaders in both chambers.”
  • “To support law enforcement and repeal the SAFE-T Act, keeping them and our communities safe.”

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Illinois State Senate elections, 2022



All candidates for Indiana State Senate District 23 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Indiana State Senate District 23 — David Sanders (D) and Spencer Deery (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 Indiana’s state legislature. Indiana 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?

Sanders:           

  • “Commitment to ethics.”
  • “Commitment to privacy.”
  • “Commitment to serving the public.”

Deery:           

  • “Fighting the pain of inflation with smart fiscal policies.
  • “Strengthening our education system at every level.”
  • “Maintaining safe communities.”

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Indiana State Senate elections, 2022



All candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 89 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Indiana House of Representatives District 89 — incumbent Mitch Gore (D) and Michael-Paul Hart (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 Indiana’s state legislature. Indiana is one of 23 states with a Republican trifecta.

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

Gore:           

“In addition to the key messages of our campaign of mental health and addiction treatment, public safety, and reproductive freedom, I’m also passionate about Hoosiers’ health where my voting record shows I am committed to expanding affordable healthcare, including reigning in the outrageous costs of prescription medicines, especially for my neighbors on fixed incomes.”

Hart:           

“The areas of public policy that are of personal passion are the ones that directly impact Hoosiers and their everyday life the most. It’s their community’s safety, children’s education, and the cost of their health care. It’s also how much of their paycheck they keep and ensuring their property taxes don’t go through the roof every assessment.”

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Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2022



All candidates for Massachusetts House of Representatives 10th Norfolk District complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Massachusetts House of Representatives 10th Norfolk District— incumbent Jeffrey Roy (D) and Charles F. Bailey III (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 Democratic Party controls both chambers of Massachuset’s state legislature. Massachusetts 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? 

Roy:   

  • “Since 2013, Jeff has been part of a legislative team that has addressed the issues of education, economic development, the coronavirus pandemic, health care, substance use disorder, criminal justice, civil rights and social equity, gun safety, energy, and the environment.”
  • “I have led efforts to draft and pass the clean energy and offshore wind bill in 2022; draft and pass the Genocide Education Act; finalize the Roadmap Bill on climate change…”
  • “With 10 years of experience at the State House, 14 years of local government experience, and 36 years as an attorney, I know first-hand how state government can help and hurt our communities.”

Bailey:           

  • “I am of the people, for the people.”
  • “I will lead by example.”
  • “I hold myself and others accountable for their actions and inaction.”

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Massachusets House of Representatives elections, 2022



All candidates for Michigan State Senate District 27 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan State Senate District 27 — incumbent John Cherry (D) and Aaron Gardner (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 are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 

Cherry:           

  • “We need to bring jobs back to Genesee County. I work every day in Lansing to bring good-paying union jobs back home to Genesee County.”
  • “I’m focused on protecting families. I’m leading the fight against lead in our water and homes.”
  • “I’ve fought to get critical education funding to Genesee County, including initial funding for a new Beecher High School, historic increased per-pupil funding, and special education funding.”

Gardner:               

  • “After decades of corruption and poor leadership, we need to show Genesee County’s residency by “ Putting Genesee County First”
  • “Empowering parents. Parents matter and they are being shamed out of schools for caring for their students education.”
  • “We must end the ability of our leadership having so much control and power to use the state of emergency to push political policies and agendas, establishing and utilizing a checks an balance , of which is already in place with the federal and state constitution.”

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Michigan State Senate elections, 2022