2014 Elections - Candidate Questionnaires

Published Jun. 25, 2014

2014 is an election Year!

Candidates want your vote. In order to help you, the voter, make informed decisions about who should represent you, we have created two questionnaires, one on congressional issues and one targeted at state level issues. Whether in Congress on the national level or in our State Legislature, you need to know how much these candidates know about the issues affecting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Washington State is sending questionnaires to all candidates and will post each response received on our web site. Some candidates have already begun responding. We will keep an updated list of those who have responded and which district they hope to represent on our web site. Encourage candidates running in your district to respond so that you and others are able to make informed decisions when you vote! Check back often to see new responses.

Congressional responses: CLICK HERE

Legislative responses: CLICK HERE
 

The Congressional Questionnaire:

1. Do you have a personal connection or professional experience with someone who has a developmental disability? 

2. What are your top three legislative priorities?

3. What area of expertise, experience or personal interest will you bring to office?

4. Do you have any ideas for a dedicated funding source for services for people with developmental disabilities?

5. H.R. 4631 extends the research, surveillance, public awareness, and professional training activities under the Combating Autism Act for an additional five years.  A Senate bill to reauthorize the law is expected soon. What is your position on this bill?

6. S. 2036 and HR 1893, Keeping All Students Safe Act legislation, will prohibit the use of physical restraint unless a student’s behavior poses an imminent danger of physical harm to self or others, ensures personnel receive proper training, that parents are aware of any restraint used with their children, and that the most dangerous types of restraint and seclusion are eliminated as they are disproportionately used on students with disabilities. What is your position on this bill? 

7. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) would reauthorize and update existing federal workforce development programs, including the Rehabilitation Act which provides for vocational rehabilitation services for people with disabilities. WIOA represents a compromise between the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803), which passed the House of Representatives in March of 2013, and the Work force Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356), which passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in 2013. What is your position on this bill? 

8.  Other information you’d like constituents to know?

The Legislative Questionnaire:

1. Do you have a personal connection or professional experience with someone who has a developmental disability? 
2. What are your top three legislative priorities?

3. What area of expertise, experience or personal interest will you bring to office?

4. What solutions do you have for ensuring that people with disabilities are able to get the services they need?

5. If you were to reduce spending or face a revenue shortfall, what would you specifically seek to cut from state government?

6. With the McCleary court decision requiring our state to better fund education, how would you propose to get the funding for that purpose (be specific please)?

7. Would you support the consolidation of state institutions that support people with developmental disabilities and provide the residents with community alternatives that meet their needs, but at less government expense?

8. What would you recommend to serve the thousands of individuals who have been waiting (some for years) for community services?

9. Do you have any ideas for a dedicated funding source for services for people with developmental disabilities?
10. Other information you’d like constituents to know:

Your vote does matter!

In 2004 we had the governor’s race in our state that was decided by only 129 votes after a hand recount of more than 2.8 million ballots! Make sure those you vote for will speak for you! If you don’t see a response from candidates in your district, contact them. We have provided phone numbers and email addresses for each candidate on our web site. The questionnaires are also there for candidates who can’t find their copy. Just have them email it to Diana@arcwa.org and we will be sure to post it. If you don’t know which district you live in, find out at http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/


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Questions? Need more information? Email me at Diana@arcwa.org.

Remember, change is being made by those who show up!