Common Cause asked the ten candidates in the race to fill Ed Markey's vacated seat for Massachusetts' fifth Congressional district seven questions covering issues of voting rights, campaign finance, and ethics.
Six of the candidates -- Katherine Clark, Peter Koutoujian, Martin Long, Paul John Maisano, Carl Sciortino, and Karen Spilka -- supported Common Cause's positions on all of these issues.
One candidate -- Will Brownsberger -- supported Common Cause's positions on instating national voting standards, fixing Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, ensuring greater campaign finance disclosure, and requiring the Supreme Court to adopt a Code of Ethics. However, contrary to Common Cause, he is not supportive of a constitutional amendment affirming constitutional rights for people, not corporations, and affirming Congress and the States power to regulate election spending. He also remained undecided on public financing of elections and regulating the political activity of non-profit groups.
One candidate -- Tom Tierney -- supported Common Cause's positions on greater campaign finance disclosure and regulating political activity of non-profit groups, but diverged from Common Cause's positions on the other issues. See his full responses here.
And two candidates -- Mike Stopa and Frank Addivinola -- did not return completed questionnaires.
If you live in Massachusetts' fifth Congressional district, do not let others decide who will represent you. Get out and make your vote. The last day to register to vote is September 25th. The primary election will be held on October 15 and the general on December 10. For the full election calendar click here.
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Office: Common Cause Massachusetts
Tags: Election Modernization