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All candidates for Florida House of Representatives District 47 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Florida House of Representatives District 47 — Anthony Nieves (D) and Paula Stark (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? 

Nieves:       

  • “I am a lifelong ultra progressive member of the Democratic Party and founding year member of the Working Families Party.”
  • “I strongly support aggressive criminal justice reform that includes the decriminalization of cannabis related offenses, and voting rights restoration.”
  • “I support universal healthcare for all, and free college for all.”

Stark:

  • “Managing growth and Infrastructure needs”
  • “Attracting Higher paying Jobs while promoting education through trade opportunities”
  • “Supporting First Responder and Veteran services”

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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 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:       

  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “I intend to work hard toward a system of mandatory E-verify for employers. Employers must be held accountable, including criminal penalties, if they do not use the E-verify system to ensure that a person being hired is not only here legally, but that they are legally able to work.”
  • “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.”

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All candidates for Connecticut House of Representatives District 142 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Connecticut House of Representatives District 142 — incumbent Lucy Dathan (D) and Donald Mastronardi (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 Connecticut’s state legislature. Connecticut is one of 14 states with a Democratic trifecta.

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

Dathan:       

“When I talk to voters at their doors, the devastating cost of insurance and prescription drugs is a heartbreaking story I hear over and over again. As a member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, I have been able to make a commitment on behalf of all Norwalk and New Canaan residents to increase access to health care, mental health parity, ending surprise billing, and removing barriers to affordable and comprehensive care a reality.”

Mastronardi:       

“I am very passionate about fixing our deficits and long term debt. For 5 decades the Democrats have controlled the budget in this state and have put us on a path to bankruptcy. We need to bring common sense solutions to government and run it like I run my businesses, reward efficiency and hard work, eliminate waste, and work within a budget.”

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All candidates for Cook County Commissioner District 13 in Illinois complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Cook County Commissioner District 13 in Illinois — Josina Morita (D) and Andrew Border (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 board of commissioners functions as the county’s primary legislative and policy-making body. Most boards also control county land usage, oversee environmental issues and possess executive powers, meaning they have the authority to appoint or remove departmental heads. Cook County has 17 commissioners who are elected by district to four-year terms. In addition to the 17 commissioners, there is a president of the board of commissioners who serves as the chief executive officer of Cook County.

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? 

Morita:       

  • “I am running for Cook County Board to make Cook County more equitable, accessible and sustainable.”
  • “I am a working mom, urban planner, and community advocate.”
  • “I will be the first Asian American woman elected to the Cook County Board.”

Border:       

  • “GOVERNMENT REFORM: Repeal the June 2022 Cook County public official pay increase. Push anti-corruption reforms outlined by the Independent Voters of Illinois.”
  • “TAX RELIEF: No new taxes, no tax increases. Hold the Cook County Cook County Assessor Office accountable issuing accurate property taxes issued in a timely and consistent matter.”
  • “PUBLIC SAFTEY MANAGEMENT: Demand transparency and real-time data on offenders who are on electronic monitoring.”

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All candidates for El Paso County Commissioner District 1 in Colorado complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for El Paso County Commissioner District 1 in Colorado — incumbent Holly Williams (R) and Ryan Lucas (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. 

The board of supervisors functions as the county’s primary legislative and policy-making body. Most boards also control county land usage, oversee environmental issues, and possess executive powers, meaning they have the authority to appoint or remove departmental heads. El Paso County has five supervisors who are elected by district to four-year terms.

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

Williams:

“Our most pressing infrastructure need is our road infrastructure including improvements to major arterials and neighborhood roads. Additionally, road safety and driver speeding has increased the need for additional law enforcement.”

Lucas:       

  • “Public transit.”
  • “Public Health.”
  • “Public financing of elections.”
  • “Transparency of public office.”

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All candidates for Water Replenishment District of Southern California District 4 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Water Replenishment District of Southern California District 4 — incumbent Sergio Calderon and Jose Gonzalez — 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 district website, “The Water Replenishment District (WRD) is the largest groundwater agency by population in the state of California, managing and protecting local groundwater resources for four million residents.”

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?  

Calderon:

  • “Water sustainability in the service area I represent is a reality thanks to the work you have supported me in, namely, creating renewable water sources.”
  • “Clean and safe water is a human right, thanks to your support, during my tenure in director, seven program designed to keep our water clean and safe have been put into action.”
  • “Affordability is key, so that we all have access to clean and safe water, thanks to your support WRD now produces water at less than half the cost of imported water.”

Gonzalez:       

  • “We need clean and affordable water”
  • “Stronger community involvement and transparency”
  • “More water education programs and partnerships with cities”

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All candidates for Long Beach City Council District 3 in California complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Long Beach City Council District 3 in California — Kailee Caruso and Kristina Duggan — 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 Long Beach City Council is the city’s primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes, and making or amending city laws, policies, and ordinances.

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?  

Caruso:           

  • “Homelessness: Kailee has a decade of experience providing hands-on assistance to folks experiencing housing insecurity, mental health challenges and substance dependancy.”
  • “Public Safety: Kailee is Pro-Public Safety. The primary function of government is to keep residents safe.”
  • “Small Business Recovery: Small businesses are the backbone of the 3rd District, and many are still struggling through the effects of the pandemic.”

Duggan:       

  • “Without safety, our Quality of Life is diminished. With significant increases in violent crime and property crime, we need more resources and policies that hold criminals accountable.”
  • “With the significant increase in homelessness over the past few years, we need to come up with both short term and long-term solutions for this tragic crisis.”
  • “I am best qualified to bring people together with solutions that make sense by convening stakeholders, redirecting existing funds to where they will matter most, and implementing a plan of action.”

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All candidates for Palomar Health District Board of Directors Division 1 in San Diego, California, complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Palomar Health District Board of Directors Division 1 in San Diego, California — incumbent Micheal Pacheco and Robin Joy Maxson — 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 Palomar health website, board members are responsible for “oversight and implementation of policies and monitoring of the organization’s performance in the establishment of strategic direction, financial stewardship, quality outcomes and leadership of the Healthcare 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?  

Pacheco:       

  • “Representation for all and have your voice heard about your community’s health care needs.”
  • “Continue to expand vital and specialty services needs to everyone in the San Diego region.”
  • “Provide accessible behavioral health services to those in need and their families.”

Maxson:       

  • “I am running to represent the traditionally underserved areas of District 1. My community service has been devoted to the unique needs of our families.”
  • “I live in the District and it’s important to all of our families that our two hospitals in Escondido and Poway are safe, modern and financially viable into the future.”
  • “I am concerned about the nurse-to-patient ratio. AB 394 codified into law the ratio of nurses to patients. The Emergency Department should be running with 1 nurse for every 4 patients.”

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All candidates for San Jose Unified Board of Education Area 2 in California complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for San Jose Unified Board of Education Area 2 in California — incumbent Jose Magañaand Andres Macias — 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 San Jose Unified School district website, “seven trustees, elected from your communities, and two student representatives elected by their respective campuses govern the San Bernardino Community College District. Trustees serve a four-year term, while the non-voting student trustees serve a one-year term.”

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?  

Magaña:       

  • “This work is personal. My life story serves as an example of the power of a public education system that prepares our students academically, and to be productive members of society.”
  • “I am an education policy and finance expert. I know what it takes to run effective school systems and I have what it takes to find tangible solutions, bring resources to our district, and improve student outcomes.”
  • “MAGA Trump Republicans are targeting our school boards all across Santa Clara County. My opponent is one of those MAGA Republicans who wants to bring his extreme politics to SJUSD.” 

Macias:   

  • “I am ready to raise the academic standard in our community. District proficiency drops every year and our leadership is the reason why.”
  • “I’m running to represent the long disregarded parent community. Parents in our district are tired of being ignored by their so called “representatives” who are more focused on their careers than serving students and families.”
  • “It’s time to start building positive, friendly learning environments in every school. Kids cannot learn when they are stressed, scared, anxious or distracted by social media and smart devices.”

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All candidates for San Bernardino Community College District Area 4 in California complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for San Bernardino Community College District Area 4 in California —incumbent Nathan D. Gonzales and Christian Thomas Shaughnessy — 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 San Bernardino Community College district website, “seven trustees, elected from your communities, and two student representatives elected by their respective campuses govern the San Bernardino Community College District. Trustees serve a four-year term, while the non-voting student trustees serve a one-year term.”

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?  

Gonzales:       

  • “Eliminating barriers to student access and success is my top priority. Whether that’s through generous financial aid, our books+ program, which pays for the entire cost of books and course materials, or programs designed to make an impact in students lives and strengthen their chances of success, I’m committed to giving students the tools they need to achieve a life-changing education.”
  • “SBCCD must be a leader and partner in addressing regional issues – our district already makes an economic impact of more the. $600 million in the Inland Empire, and with the power of KVCR we can turn this news desert into our news oasis.”
  • “We must be ever mindful to ensure fiscal accountability and sustainability in order to maintain the trust and confidence instilled in us by you, the taxpayers who make sure our community colleges get the funding they deserve.”

Shaughnessy:   

  • “I will promote official mentoring programs to keep our youth permanently away from the path to violence and on the path of graduation and employment.”
  • “I will help create vocational centers on every campus that will provide paid apprenticeships to students who want to enter the trades, avoid student debt, and get inflation resistant jobs.”
  • “As a trustee I will look forward to ensuring that our wonderful support staff and faculty get the thriving wages and benefits they deserve to live happy and fulfilling lives with their families in the region while having the remote work flexibility to watch their children grow up and attend to their elders in their old age.”

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