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Governors (2020 election unless otherwise noted; Winners marked):
DE:
Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN:
Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
KY(2019):
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary)
vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
LA(2019):
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
MO:
Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MS(2019):
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D)
vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC:
Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND:
Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH:
Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
NJ(2021):
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
PR: Rossello(D)
vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R)
vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VA(2021):
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)
VT:
Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA:
Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV:
Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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Les Gara on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I will not allow the Legislature to roll back these rights. (Sep 2021)
  • Safe Haven bill: allow surrendering newborns without penalty. (May 2007)
Les Gara on Budget & Economy
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  • Partner with business to market Alaskan tourism. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Civil Rights
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  • I've sponsored legislation supporting equal LGBTQ rights. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Corporations
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Les Gara on Crime
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  • Voted to hire more cops in rural areas without protection. (Jun 2018)
  • SB-91: reduce prison population by 20%. (May 2016)
Les Gara on Drugs
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  • Maintain database documenting sale of alcoholic beverages. (May 2007)
  • Fine parents who allow underage drinking party. (May 2007)
Les Gara on Education
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  • Republican education cuts have hurt workers, state economy. (Sep 2021)
  • Worked to expand, increase funding for pre-K. (Jun 2018)
Les Gara on Energy & Oil
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  • Require state buildings to be energy efficient & renewables. (Sep 2021)
  • Supports "responsible" oil development and mining. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Environment
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  • Worked on civil prosecution on Exxon Valdez oil spill. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Families & Children
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  • Father murdered in robbery; raised in foster homes. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Les Gara on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Les Gara on Government Reform
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  • Protect salmon and trout waters from mining operation. (Sep 2021)
  • Voted to limit election donations from lobbyists, wealthy. (Jun 2018)
  • Favors same-day registration, skeptical of photo ID rule. (Jan 2013)
Les Gara on Gun Control
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Les Gara on Health Care
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  • COVID: I want people treated, not ration life-saving care. (Sep 2021)
  • Inform people instead of heated "forced vaccination" claims. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Homeland Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Les Gara on Immigration
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Les Gara on Jobs
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  • Co-sponsored legislation to require a $15/hour minimum wage. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Local Issues
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Les Gara on Principles & Values
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  • Won't pit urban vs. rural communities, we prosper together. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Social Security
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Les Gara on Tax Reform
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  • End unnecessary oil company tax credits. (Sep 2021)
Les Gara on Technology
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Les Gara on War & Peace
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Les Gara on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
I will not allow the Legislature to roll back these rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
Safe Haven bill: allow surrendering newborns without penalty: Strongly Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
I've sponsored legislation supporting equal LGBTQ rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
COVID: I want people treated, not ration life-saving care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Inform people instead of heated "forced vaccination" claims: Strongly Favors topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Republican education cuts have hurt workers, state economy: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Worked to expand, increase funding for pre-K: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Protect salmon and trout waters from mining operation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
Worked on civil prosecution on Exxon Valdez oil spill: Favors topic 9
Voted to hire more cops in rural areas without protection: Favors topic 9
SB-91: reduce prison population by 20%: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
End unnecessary oil company tax credits: Favors topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Voted to limit election donations from lobbyists, wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors same-day registration, skeptical of photo ID rule: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Require state buildings to be energy efficient & renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports "responsible" oil development and mining: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Maintain database documenting sale of alcoholic beverages: Favors topic 19
Fine parents who allow underage drinking party: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Partner with business to market Alaskan tourism: Strongly Favors topic 20

Les Gara is a Moderate Liberal
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