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Responses recorded from this questionnaire are private, encrypted and will be kept internal within The Ghana Diaspora PAC and not shared publicly. We also understand every question may not apply to particular office you're running for. Nonetheless, please answer every question.

Responses recorded from this questionnaire are private, encrypted and will be kept internal within The Collective PAC and not shared publicly. We also understand every question may not apply to particular office you're running for. Nonetheless, please answer every question.

Responses recorded from this questionnaire are private, encrypted and will be kept internal within The Collective PAC and not shared publicly. We also understand every question may not apply to particular office you're running for. Nonetheless, please answer every question.

Responses recorded from this questionnaire are private, encrypted and will be kept internal within The Collective PAC and not shared publicly. We also understand every question may not apply to particular office you're running for. Nonetheless, please answer every question.

Responses recorded from this questionnaire are private, encrypted and will be kept internal within The Collective PAC and not shared publicly. We also understand every question may not apply to particular office you're running for. Nonetheless, please answer every question.

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Candidate

Candidate's First Name

Candidate's Last Name

Office you are running for? (Include District if applicable)

What is your election date/dates? (Include primary and general)

Candidate's Cell Phone

Candidate Email

Candidate Headshot

Candidate Bio (one paragraph)

Campaign Manager's First Name

Campaign Manager's Last Name

Campaign Manager's Cell Phone

Campaign Manager's Email Address

Campaign Office Address:

Campaign Website:

Campaign Twitter:

Campaign Facebook:

How many years have you lived in your state or district?

Are you a current or former elected official? If yes, what office(s)?

On the Economy, Taxes, Jobs & Healthcare:

Do you support major public investment in infrastructure jobs – like repairing crumbling schools and highways, building out clean energy infrastructure, and wiring communities with high-speed Internet, and prioritizing these investments in economically disadvantaged communities?

Do you support the right of workers to collectively bargain and will you oppose all efforts to weaken existing rights?

Do you oppose so called

Do you support raising the minimum wage to $15 or more and indexing it to the cost of living so its value does not erode over time?

Will you support legislation aimed at ensuring that everyone who works has the right to several paid sick days each year?

Do you support eliminating the loophole that allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage?

Will you support enacting a state or local Earned Income Tax Credit, or do you support expanding it, if one already exists?

Do you support increasing income taxes on those making over $250,000 a year in wages or capital gains so that our system of taxation is more progressive and everyone pays their fair share?

Would you support a surtax on employers like Walmart that have a substantial number of employees on public assistance programs, to reimburse the state for the cost of the services?

Do you support healthcare reform that allows for greater access and lower costs?

Will you stand up to anyone, including members of your own party, if they try to cut Medicaid benefits?

Do you support Medicaid expansion to cover more families, childless adults, and low-wage workers who qualify for assistance under the Affordable Care Act but cannot find or afford to purchase insurance?

Do you believe seniors should be able to buy less expensive prescription drugs, including prescription drugs imported from other countries such as Canada?

Do you support increased financial assistance to job training, apprenticeship and summer job programs?

On Voting Rights & Democracy

Do you support reforming our voting system by implementing “same-day voter registration” in your state?

Do you support reforming our voting system by implementing automatic voter registration when people turn 18 years old, as Oregon recently did?

Do you support a constitutional amendment to reverse the impact of Citizens United and fix campaign finance problems that pre-date Citizens United?

Do you support restoring Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act?

Will you fight to ensure voting rights for all Americans age 18 and above are protected with no exceptions?

Do you support establishing a system of elections in which candidates who choose to accept only small donations (below a level around $150) receive public matching funds, allowing candidates to spend more time talking to voters and less time calling wealthy outofstate donors?

Are you in favor of legislation already passed in many states that would reform the Electoral College to ensure that the winner of the national popular vote was awarded the presidency?

Do you support impartial redistricting reform, aimed at making more districts competitive in the general election?

Do you support universal votebymail, Sunday voting and expanding early vote opportunities?

On Climate Change

Do you believe climate change is real, caused by humans, and requires immediate action from the government?

Do you support public investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, paid for by a carbon tax, to generate good jobs and growth while reducing carbon emissions?

Do you support a Green New Deal to create millions of clean- energy jobs in areas like wind and solar energy?

Do you support public investment to retrain coal and oil workers for good-paying clean energy jobs, such as building a wind or solar energy grid?

On Education

Do you support a goal of free tuition for in-state students at public colleges and universities, to fight the crushing burden of debt on young people?

Do you support a program like Oregon’s “Pay it Forward” proposal, which allows students to attend college tuition-free and pay back a percentage of their income for several years?

Do you support public investment in universal Pre-K?

On Criminal Justice

Do you support requiring an outside special prosecutor for cases involving killings by police, to eliminate conflicts of interest?

Do you support strengthening gun background check laws?

Do you support a comprehensive plan to assist ex-offenders who wish to reintegrate themselves into society that includes housing assistance, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, as well as job training?

Do you support a community-based policing approach which mobilizes community leaders and invests almost exclusively in the prevention of youth violence and gang activity as opposed to increased penalties?

Do you oppose so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws?

Do you support the requirement of government agencies to obtain a warrant before obtaining private communications?

Do you support eliminating money or cash-bail requirements?

On Civil & Human Rights

Do you support the call for reparations for African-Americans?

Do you support LGBT equal rights?

Do you support, and will you work to uphold, the rights decided by Roe v. Wade?

On Technology

Do you support the principle of Network Neutrality to guarantee the Internet is a level playing field for all users?

Would you work to increase public funds dedicated to connecting more people in your state to high-speed Internet?

Do you support the right for states and municipalities to build their own wireless networks and high-speed broadband networks?

Do you support allowing open access to all utility poles and related local infrastructure as opposed to only letting older corporations access these public resources to foster innovation and competition in phone, Internet, and cable in our local communities?

Campaign Nuts & Bolts

What do you expect turnout among registered voters to be like in your primary election? And how many votes will you need to win? (If no primary, put N/A)

What do you expect turnout among registered voters to be like in your general election? And how many votes will you need to win?

How much money do you need to raise to win, and how much have you raised thus far?

Please share any links or data from recent polling in your race.

Can you provide additional contact information for your campaign team, including your finance director, field director and/or digital director?

If elected, do you promise to work with the Collective PAC to build black political power by supporting African American candidates running up and down the ballot, including sharing your email contact lists, speaking at events and recruiting candidates and donors in your state and city?