NONPARTISAN CANDIDATE GUIDE: 2018 MARYLAND’S GOVERNOR’S RACE
Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders engage their schools in the election. Key sites consulted included Votesmart.org, OntheIssues.org, FactCheck.org, Politifact.com, and public candidate statements. For guides to local races, see Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters and Ballotready.org. For more detailed information visit their votesmart.org pages.
Visit Larry Hogan.com and Ben Jealous.com to volunteer. Other candidates include Ian Schlakman (G) & Shawn Quinn (L). Due to lack of space, we cannot include candidates polling less than 15%, but encourage you to check out their websites. To download a printable pdf version of this guide, click here.
Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?
Hogan – Legal. Personally opposes abortion, but declares the subject settled & will not try to change Maryland’s laws protecting woman’s rights.
Campaign Finance: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?
Jealous – No. Opposes “dual attack on our democracy – everyday voters are being disenfranchised while corporations are being hyper-enfranchised.” Co-founded national coalition of unions, civil rights groups & environmental groups working to roll back money in politics.
Climate Change: Consider climate change a serious threat? Limit or tax production of greenhouse gasses?
Hogan – Considers a threat. More mixed on regulations. Signed The Maryland Commission on Climate Change. Has signed bills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Vetoed increasing required percentage of renewables for utilities to buy, saying costs too high.
Jealous – Yes. “Protecting our planet is not just a moral imperative, it is an economic opportunity that Maryland can take to propel our state forward.” Climate Justice Program was first program launched when NAACP president.
Contraception: Employers can withhold contraceptive coverage if they disagree?
Hogan – No. Signed expansive birth control insurance bill.
Education: Increase funding for K-12 education?
Jealous – Yes. “Raise teacher pay by 29%, fund full-day universal Pre-K.” Fund this by taxing legal marijuana.
Criminal Justice: Felon voting rights rules & how to address prison population.
Education: Provide vouchers to parents to send their children to private schools with public money?
Education: Address college costs?
Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?
Hogan – Yes. Introduced Redistricting Reform Act to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission.
Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?
Jealous – Yes. As NAACP president, pushed for a resolution supporting same-sex marriage.
Gun Control: Support more restrictive gun control legislation? Restrict semi-automatic weapons?
Healthcare: Support or Repeal ACA, aka Obamacare?
Jealous – Support. Great progress has been made with ACA, “but there is more to be done.” Build on All Payer program to move toward Medicare for All.
Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?
Labor: Support bill requiring 5 days of paid sick leave from companies with 15 or more workers?
Immigration: Support DREAM Act (DACA), allowing “Dreamers” who arrived illegally as children, then grew up in the US, to achieve legal status if meet certain conditions?
Hogan – Position unclear on citizenship. But “stop targeting innocent kids.” “Find a bipartisan, common sense solution to protect Dreamers.” Opposed allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented residents.
Marijuana: Legalize or decriminalize marijuana?
Minimum Wage: Raise the minimum wage above the current $10.10?
Jealous – Yes. Would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2023.
Renewable Energy: Support government subsidies for renewable energy?
Jealous – Yes. Addressing climate change is top priority. “Will build on the surge of clean energy jobs in Maryland & put our state on a path to 100 percent clean energy well before mid-century.”
Taxes: Support President Trump’s tax cuts?
Hogan – Criticized for not taking stand at the time. Proposed legislation to protect Marylanders from being “negatively affected” after passage.
Jealous – No. Denounced the GOP tax law, calling it “disastrous legislation.”
Taxes: Proposals on state taxes
Voting Rules: Voting rights for felons?
Jealous – Strong supporter of felon voting rights.