An occasional update on the candidates, lawmakers and the legislation LEAP Forward is tracking.
For all the talk about local newspapers cutting back on political coverage, some are still doing a very good job of publishing profiles on candidates and races in their area. The Goshen News surveyed all the candidates running for the Democratic nomination in IN-02, including LEAPer Yatish Joshi:
We must implement humane and compassionate immigration policy with a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and their families to maintain American family values. I value the social, cultural, and economic contributions of our immigrant neighbors. Undocumented immigrants contribute significantly to the Elkhart economy and our industries are prospering because of their hard work. Immigrant families contribute to the vibrancy of our communities and America.”
Heather is seeking the Democratic nomination for the District 28 Maine Senate seat (part of Portland and all of Westbrook) being vacated by Mark Dion, and I believe she would be the best choice in the June 12 primary.
Though she is serving her first term in the Maine House, she brings to the job years of experience as a public school teacher, a lawyer, a successful businessperson and a parent. This background has allowed her to quickly master the legislative process and to be effective from her first day.
Nickel, a 42-year-old lawyer with family roots in California — he ran for a seat in the California state Senate a dozen years ago — worked on planning public events for Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration, on Gore's presidential campaign, and on Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2004. He worked for former President Barack Obama for most of his first term, continuing to travel with him after moving to North Carolina in 2009.
"For 22 years, I've been involved in politics at a national, highest level," Nickel said. "I'm somebody from Day One who could effectively represent this district."
Christy Clark (LEAP Foward endorsed in HD-90) gets a nod from the editorial board of the Charlotte Observer:
Clark offers a strong familiarity with the General Assembly thanks to five years of work with gun violence prevention groups. Also, as a paralegal, Clark helps entrepreneurs and business owners launch their companies, giving her a keener insight into their challenges.
In this comfortably Republican district, a moderate Democrat has a better chance of upending Bradford, and Clark boasts a stronger network of support. Democrats who want to gain a seat in the NC House should give her the nod.
LEAPer Shawna Roberts (OH-06) was recently featured on the Washington State Indivisble Podcast National Candidate Series. The show can be listened to in its entirety HERE. Roberts' primary election in Ohio is on May 8, with the winner likely facing incumbent Rep. Bill Johnson in November.
All the candidates believe cuts in state aid have damaged local communities and wrongly added to the tax burdens of cash-strapped cities and inner-ring suburbs. Burgio said more funding was especially needed for infrastructure. Holecko highlighted equity issues in both taxation and school funding. Raley said the state's leaders have shorted Ohio's critical needs in education and jobs. Sweeney criticized a lucrative recent tax break for sole proprietors.
Each candidate has strengths. But Raley has the sharpest focus on the district's challenges and needs. Among the four Democrats, Rick Raley would be the 14th District's strongest spokesman.
He was called to religion and public service thinking that he might become a minister or a missionary. After seeing so many politicians who turn public service into personal service, he decided that women and men like the ones he knew, honest and ethical folks, were the ones who need to run for office. So, he began working on campaigns and elections for ordinary folks across the nation and the state.
Politics hasn’t been everything, though. Wade’s public service includes work at an international pediatric cancer research hospital, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and now as the Executive Director of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors. Staff attorneys at Justice for Our Neighbors, originally a ministry of the United Methodist Church, help more than 500 victims of human trafficking, war, and domestic violence with humanitarian legal services each year.
Munday faces incumbent Republican Kerry Roberts in the November election. He is unopposed in the primary.