2022 Voter Guide: U.S. Senate

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Mark R. Holland (D)

(Photo courtesy of Mark Holland)

Background:

  • Worked as a pastor in Kansas City until 2018
  • Elected as Commissioner in the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City in 2007
  • Elected as mayor of Kansas City and served from 2013-2017

Stances on Issues:

Taxes

  • Believes the current tax policy excludes the middle class

Education

  • School should be focused on preparing students for vocational work and college

Public Safety

  • Create a secure border and a smart immigration policy which will allow the workforce to be filled
  • Focus on decreasing the number of gun-related deaths by enacting bipartisan legislature 

Health Care

  • Believes healthcare is a human right
  • Provide affordable healthcare to everyone
  • Expand Medicaid
  • Pro-choice
  • Eliminate abortion restrictions
  • Birth control should be accessible and affordable everywhere
  • Endorses the Affordable Care Act
  • Mental health care should be considered healthcare

Polling

  • In an Emerson College Poll, Holland had support from 33% of voters 

 

Jerry Moran (R, incumbent)

(Photo courtesy of Team Moran)

Background:

  • First elected to the US Senate in 2010
  • Served as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee 
  • Served for 7 terms in the US House of Representatives
  • Served for 8 years in the Kansas State Senate, spent 2 years as Majority Leader

Stances on Issues:

Taxes 

  • Opposes reckless government spending and tax increases
  • Believes tax money should not be used by the Department of Homeland Security to purchase ammunition

Education

  • Education programs should be tailored to fit the needs of students
  • Schools need more qualified teachers
  • Higher education is a necessity for students to live fulfilling lives
  • Congress should decide how to use federal educational resources
  • Opposes the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Schools should focus on preparing students for life’s challenges

Public Safety

  • Increase security on US borders
  • Improve legal ways for immigrants to come to America
  • Protect the right to keep and bear arms
  • Supports the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and the Hearing Protection Act
  • Believes restricting citizens’ access to firearms will not result in a decrease of violent crime
  • Citizens who misuse firearms should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law
  • Ensure that all law enforcement has federal funding to get resources they need
  • Provide law enforcement with new equipment, updated technology and outreach programs 
  • Create partnerships between federal, state and local law enforcement

Health Care

  • Policies should be created to reduce healthcare costs
  • Increase competition and choice for patients, giving them access to more health providers
  • Committed to advancing medical research
  • Citizens should have access to TeleHealth as a reliable means of receiving healthcare services
  • Mental health problems should be addressed through increased awareness, increased screenings and access to treatment
  • Supports funding for mental health services
  • Supports the Commander John Scott Hannan Mental Health Care Improvement Act
  • Pro-life

 

David C. Graham (L)

(Photo courtesy of David Graham)

Background:

  • Earned a law degree from Kansas University
  • Serves as a law practitioner 

Stances on Issues:

Taxes

  • Lower taxes and lessen government involvement

Public Safety

  • Rates of incarceration in the U.S. are too high
  • U.S. needs to focus more on violent crime
  • Government should be prohibited from polygraph testing
  • Opposes government regulation of guns
  • Believes schools and shop owners should be allowed to prohibit guns 
  • Opposes mandatory minimum sentences
  • Promotes legalization of marijuana and decriminalization of substance abuse

Health Care

  • Pro-life
  • Endorsed by the Pro-Life Libertarian Caucus 

 

Sources:

www.hollandforkansas.com

https://www.ksn.com/news/your-local-election-hq/candidates/mark-holland-democrat-for-u-s-senate-2/

https://emersoncollegepolling.com/kansas-2022-governor-laura-kelly-holds-three-point-lead-over-ag-derek-schmidt-in-gubernatorial-election-senator-moran-leads-by-21-points-for-re-election/

https://www.jocoelection.org/candidates-elected-officials/candidates

www.moran.senate.gov

moranforkansas.com

graham4senate.com

https://kkfi.org/program-episodes/david-graham-libertarian-candidate-to-represent-kansas-in-the-us-senate/

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