Questions for 8th Congressional District Candidates

by Lee Hernly, Editor
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I am sending these out to ALL candidates (Democratic and Republican) running for Jim Moran’s seat in Congress in the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. I will post responses if and when I receive them. What are your thoughts on the questions? What would you ask? Discuss below.

  1. Why are you the best person of all the candidates to represent the people of the 8th district of Virginia?
  2. Tell our readers a little about yourself. What other positions have you held?
  3. What issues are you going to stress or highlight as you campaign for this office?
  4. What specific issues would be a high priority for you if you were elected to Congress?
  5. As stated by many people running for office this year, “Education is the key to improving our economy.” That being said, what do you plan to propose and/or support in the areas of skill training, where most of the jobs in our state are and will be in the future?
  6. Do you believe that the oath that every Representative in Congress takes to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States means a Constitution as written or a Constitution as interpreted by the individual?
  7. A Congressional Budget Office report said that increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would raise wages for 16.5 million people and lift 900,000 people out of poverty. But it would come at the expense of 500,000 jobs and higher costs for business owners and consumers.
    Do you agree with that assessment? Should Congress go ahead and raise the minimum wage? Why is this good or bad policy?
  8. I want to know how you feel about raising taxes and how do you plan to keep government costs down so that taxes might not have to be raised?
  9. Social Security’s actuaries have stated that Social Security in its current form is unsustainable. What changes would you advocate to keep Social Security solvent?
  10. Many people worry that Washington is too partisan. Would you want to build bridges to the other party? And if so, how would you accomplish that goal?
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June 12, 2014 4:24 pm

[…] this spring, I asked you for your questions and composed them in an email to many of the 8th District candidates. I have not heard from Mr. Beyer’s campaign yet but, was sent the following from the Micah […]

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