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Illinois House District 35, Democratic Primary

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The questions

All candidates were invited to respond to questionnaires, although not all chose to participate. Click on a candidate's name to see the unedited response to each question.

Biographical information & experience
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Hodorowicz
Birthdate: 6/17/1959
Occupation: Mortgage Banker/ Loan Originator
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Sheri

Education:

B.S. in Finance from Chicago State University through Chicago State University, I also attended school abroad studying International Finance, Marketing & Management in London, Paris, Milan, and Rome.

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

Member of:
South Suburban Home Builders Association
Southland Chamber of Commerce
Illinois CPA Society Chicago South Chapter
Past Director of Oak Forest Baseball Association
Past Board Member Southland YMCA - startup

Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?

I have been an employee of the State of Illinois
Auditor for the Illinois Auditor General
Auditor and Asst. Financial Officer for the Illinois Racing Board

For the State of Wisconsin
Chief Steward/ Director of Racing Operations for the Racing Board

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government.

I have been an employee of the State of Illinois
Auditor for the Illinois Auditor General
Auditor and Asst. Financial Officer for the Illinois Racing Board

For the State of Wisconsin
Cheif Steward/ Director of Racing Operations for the Racing Board

My wife, Sheri, works as a court stenographer for the Administrative Courts of Illinois

Hurley
Birthdate: 3/27/1960
Occupation: City of Chicago / City Council Aide
Marital status: Divorced
Spouse:

Education:

A lifelong resident of the 35th District, I graduated from Saint Barnabas Grammar School, Mother McAuley High School, and Saint Xaiver University with a Bacherlors Degree in Criminal Justice.

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

Mt. Greenwood Civic Association
St. Xaiver Community Council
Southwest Kiwanis
East Beverly Civic Association

Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?

I have never held elective or appointive political office though I have been employed by the City of Chicago for the past 17 years.

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government.

I have worked for the City of Chicago for the past 17 years as an aide to former Alderman Ginger Rugai and current Alderman Matt O'Shea.

Martin
Birthdate: 6/30/1965
Occupation: Chicago Fire Department
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Bridget Martin

Education:

Degrees:
-JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL, Expected Graduation- 2012
-SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY, B.A. in Political Science, 1992
-BROTHER RICE HIGH SCHOOL, 1983

Certifications:
-Hazardous Materials Technician A - Chicago Firefighter's Union, 2009
-Emergency Medical Technician Basic - Malcom X – Chicago City College, 2007
-Advance Cause and Origin, Expert Witness and Court Room Testimony - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 2003
-Fire Service Training Instructor - Robert Quinn Fire Academy - Chicago Citywide Colleges, 2003

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

-Chicago Fire Fighters Local 2 - Member, 23 years
-Illinois Public Pension Fund Association

Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?

-Chicago Firefighters Pension Fund - former President, current Secretary, and four-term Trustee

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government.

-Stephanie Neely, Chicago City Treasurer and Trustee on Chicago Fire Pension Fund
-Ahmer Abed, Chicago City Comptroller and Trustee on Chicago Fire Pension Fund
-Miguel del Valle, former Chicago City Clerk and Trustee on Chicago Fire Pension Fund

Campaign information
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Hodorowicz

Campaign headquarters: 12250 S. 76th Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463
Website: www.andyhforrep.weebly.com
Campaign manager: Joe Hynes
Campaign budget: I currently have no budget, but estimate I may need up to $20,000 for the campaign.
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
I am the only contributor at this time and it is less than $2,000.
This is a grass roots campaign by someone who is running with no organizational affiliation.

Hurley

Campaign headquarters: 3215 W. 111th St.
Website: www.franhurley.com
Campaign manager: N/A
Campaign budget: $100,000
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
Mrs. Elizabeth Casey $1,000
Mrs. Joan Knight - $250
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hughes - $200
Mrs. Rosemary Bilecki - $200

Martin

Campaign headquarters: 3754-B W 111th St., Chicago, IL 60655
Website: martinforstaterep.com
Campaign manager: Maceo Brown
Campaign budget: $116,000
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
-Self, $8000

What are your top priorities for your district?
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Overall:
Transperancy, honesty, and protecting the rights of my constituants in the 35th district and all Illinois residents.

Specifically:
Reduce income taxes;
Provide property tax relief and simplify the process for determining tax; and
Significantly reduce pension underfunding.

Hurley

Business development and job creation are among my top priorities for the 35th District. Fostering a friendlier business climate will stimulate growth and put Illinois back to work. Investing in key infrastructure projects will also boost our local economy.

Last year, the legislature raised the corporate tax rate to 9.5%. This rate is the 4th highest in the country and is significantly higher than any neighboring state. In response to this increase, many businesses fled the state in search of a less oppressive tax system. The General Assembly in turn needed to dole out reactionary incentive packages to stem the tide of business flight.

Ultimately, this process has frustrated and confused businesses and residents. Our tax code is crying out for reform. The loopholes, exemptions and incentives offered to few are financed on the backs of small-business owners.

A lower, more evenly applied corporate tax rate is needed in Illinois; such a system would be more easily understood and much fairer than the current system. This shift could help bring businesses back into Illinois and provide much needed assistance to struggling business owners. Small-business owners are the backbone of the local economy in my district; lessening the burden the state places on them is one of my top priorities.

Investment in local infrastructure projects is another tool for economic recovery. Such projects create short-term jobs and allow for easier access between commercial areas. The southwestern section of the 35th District would greatly benefit from the planned extension of I-355 to I-57 near Peotone, as well as the proposed Illiana expressway project. Similarly, residents and businesses at the eastern edge of the district would benefit from the proposed expansion of the CTA redline from 95th St. to 130th St. As a State Representative, I will strongly advocate for both of these projects.

Ensuring residents have affordable access to higher education is another priority. If elected, I intend to work with the Legislative Audit Commission and the Inspector General to address the problems at Chicago State University. For too long, taxpayers have pumped millions of dollars into failing programs at Chicago State. Reforming the practices and making it a viable option will not only benefit my district, but the entire City and adjacent suburbs.

The state-of-the-art campus, reasonable tuition rate, and location should make Chicago State a logical choice for students in my district. Its course offerings are consistent with the needs of many students; and options for advanced degrees, specifically in education, fill a void. Unfortunately, its poor reputation and low graduation rate cause it to be overlooked. Instead, too many students opt for community college programs, forgoing the option of a four-year degree.

When significant taxpayer resources are invested in an institution like this, the General Assembly has a duty to ensure public funds are not being misused. With proper oversight, Chicago State could be a great school helping prepare young adults to enter the professional world. This would fill a need for residents of my district; and, if elected, I hope to work toward that goal.

Martin

- Clean up the state's budget.
- Focus on infrastructure to rebuild our community and put people back to work.
- Improve local schools to give our children the world-class education they deserve.

What is your top priority for the state?
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Hodorowicz

Similar to the answer above
Overall:
Transperancy, honesty, and protecting the rights of my constituants and all Illinois residents.

Specific:
Fulfillment of Pension commitments
Job creation;
Provide leadership to bring fiscal responsibility;
Balancing the state budget
Reducing the income tax -being sure the temporary increase is temporary
Ethical standards for elected officials

Hurley

Illinois politics has become a national joke. Corruption, waste, and greed have become commonplace in our state. Our residents have come to expect the worst from their elected officials and with good reason. So, my top priority for our state would be major ethics reform aimed at restoring public trust in government.

Wasteful spending, corruption, and tax increases have disenfranchised the public. As a show of good faith to the public, elected officials should share the burden with an across the board 10% reduction in legislative salaries and expense accounts. While this amount will not solve our budget crisis, it will be a rare gesture of leadership by example from Springfield.

Legislators should also share the pain of pension reforms. Currently, State Representatives, Senators, and Judges have a pension plan that offers cost-of-living increases that are far greater than other state workers. As these positions offer some of the most generous pension benefits, I support efforts to align their increases with those of every other government worker.

Government officials need to be more accountable to the public. I support mandatory disclosure of income tax returns for all elected officials and other high-ranking government officials. In addition, our existing economic interest statements should be more thorough and required for all state employees in decision-making positions. These measures will help expose potential conflicts of interest and help the public better understand the leaders of our government.

Illinois needs to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for public corruption. For far too long the State Legislature has been used as an economic engine for the politically connected. I believe that government officials who are convicted of serious ethics violations should automatically forfeit their pensions and receive mandatory jail time.

Nearly every month, a watchdog group or investigative report uncovers a new instance of overwhelming fraud or waste in our government. If these groups can find the waste in Springfield, why can't our elected officials? As the press is the taxpayers' strongest and most effective advocate, I oppose any efforts to weaken the recently-enhanced FOIA laws.

In addition to these reform measures, the Legislature must keep its word to the public by not extending the "temporary" tax increases passed last year. By following through with its promises and enacting the aforementioned reforms, the General Assembly can restore taxpayers' trust in their state government. Doing so will be my top priority for our state.

Martin

- Clean up the state's budget.
- Focus on infrastructure to rebuild our community and put people back to work.
- Improve local schools to give our children the world-class education they deserve.

For incumbents, please list your accomplishments. For challengers, what unique strengths would you bring to the job of state lawmaker?
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I am not a child of the Illinois political system. Therefore, I can vote for/against a proposition based upon it's metits not someone's political agenda or party dictate.

My strengths come from my experience with each state position:
1. Illinois Auditor General's Office where compliance and performance audit's gave me knowledge of "what should be done by law" and how government works.
2. With the Illinois and Wisconsin Racing Boards I promulgated statute and administrative rules for each govermental entities.
3. For Hawthorne, I was a Management Director for Pensions and H&W Trusts for track parimutuel clerks. This provided me with great understanding on how the pension funds are funded and disbursed to annuants.

Hurley

I possess a firsthand understanding of the challenges faced by families today. As a single mother of three children, I have worked two jobs to support my family; and I can honestly say that the tax increase that passed last year hit our home hard. I understand the struggle that so many people face; I know the worry, live with the angst, and feel the heartache. Too many of our friends and neighbors are forced to choose between mortgage and tuition–-and felt overwhelmed just trying to get by.

Understanding the problems and the difficulties is only one piece of the puzzle. With my background in public and community service, I also understand the solutions. For the past twenty years I have helped the residents of this community with issues big and small. I have helped young families appeal their property taxes and senior citizens apply for circuit breaker grants. I have worked with college students on financial aid options and struggling parents in need of utility assistance. My long history of service to this community has left me with a unique understanding of constituent services.

I have seen the good that can be done when residents work together with government to solve problems. I realize that the most important part of my job will not take place in Springfield--my job, above anything else, is to be responsive to residents of this community. If an issue is important to one resident, then it is important to me. That is the way I have conducted myself for the past twenty years, and that is how I intend serve the residents of the 35th District.

Martin

During my time as a former President and current four-term Trustee, the Firefighters' pension fund has had the highest investment performance, the lowest investment related expenses and the lowest administrative expenses of any of Chicago's public pension funds. I am also President and Co-Founder of the Ende, Menzer, Walsh, Quinn Retirees, Widows and Children's Assistance Fund which has distributed approximately $4.9 million over the past eight years to 471 widows living at or near the poverty level and to all children who have lost a parent who was an active member of the fire department.

The state public employee pension system is severely underfunded and paying down the debt threatens to crowd out spending on core state services. Do you support reducing pension benefits not yet earned through a bill like SB512, which offers state workers three options for earning future pension benefits. Should police officers and firefighters be included in a reduced pension system?
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Hodorowicz

Public employees were hired and promised a pension. These employees were contributing per their contracts/agreements and Illlinois needs to honor those commitments. Adjustments have been made to future public employees and that is adequate and should be monitored going forward.

Hurley

I do not support reducing pension benefits through a bill like SB512. Due to the demanding, life threatening nature of their job's, I believe police officers and firefighters should be exempt from the pension benefit roll-backs that have been imposed on other public employees.

Martin

I do not believe in deliberately violating an expressed provision of the State of Illinois Constitution.

If you don't support a bill like SB512, how would you deal with the state's unfunded pension liability?
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Write and pass laws, tightening up the public pension language to eliminate double-dipping of pensions. Pension dollar give aways, improve returns/lower expenses on invested funds by eliminating political associates from having control over the investing process. I would also use new gaming/lottery revenues and funds from any state, county, or city lease to be used to reduce the arrearages.

Hurley

The State of Illinois must honor its commitment to state employees by providing them with the pension benefits they were promised when hired. At the same time, lawmakers have a responsibility to the public to find solutions to the pension crisis that do not include a debilitating tax increase. I support a combination of badly-needed reform measures and moderate expansion of gaming.

A series of reforms is needed to prevent the corruption and abuse that has eroded the pension funds. First, automatic benefit increases for judges and legislators, which are currently higher than those of other state workers, should be brought down to the level of other pension recipients. As early retirement offerings often create pension deficits far greater than the budget shortfall they are aimed at addressing, the publication of a cost-benefit analysis should be required before any such program is offered. Finally, while pension obligation bonds will almost certainly be needed to address some portion of the pension crisis, I support a state law prohibiting the use of bond revenue for employer contributions. Any proceeds from such an issuance should only be used to reduce unfunded liability-–NOT to make employer contributions that would ultimately free up operating capital.

While these reforms are a strong step in the right direction, they will not stabilize our system. A new dedicated revenue source is the only viable option. Therefore, I would support the expansion of gaming to offset unfunded pension liabilities. I would also support other potential changes to the pension system, provided they are agreed to through collective bargaining.

Martin

As a four-term Trustee and former President, I have extensive experience in pension management and investment with the Chicago Firefighters' Pension Fund. There is significant debate as to whether public funds appropriate level of funding is 90% or 70%. These plans are not private plans, and should be treating accordingly. The cost of the unfunded liability should be amortized in a manner that ensures future fiscal sustainability. Additionally, the state and municipalities must aggressively weed out fraud and abuse.

Do you want the 2 percent point income tax increase to expire in 2014, as planned, or would you like to see the tax increase extended beyond 2014?
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Hodorowicz

It must expire as the law reads and was promised by state legislators. No tax increase is acceptable, however, this temporary increase should be used to pay the pension deficit and past due bills of the state. We also need to emphasize that a true balanced budget be approved.

Hurley

The General Assembly must keep its word to the public and allow the income tax to expire in 2014; to do otherwise would further erode public trust in government. That being said, I also understand how dependent our State is on this additional revenue. Therefore, I support creating a bi-partisan commission to create a plan for our State to live without this “temporary” revenue.

If we do not begin working on alternatives now, it will be impossible to roll back those taxes when the time comes. We must find new, more efficient ways to deliver quality services to the citizens. With so many families struggling to make ends meet, tax relief is the most responsible course of action.

Martin

First, we must do a thorough assessment of the state's obligations, find places to cut waste and steamline, as well as reform parts of the state tax code to generate more revenue. While I do not support making the tax increase permanent at this point, it is unlikely we will be able to forego that revenue and balance our short term budget.

Do you support any changes to the corporate income tax rate? Do you support any other changes to the state's business tax structure?
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I believe the state tax rate should be "fairly" restructured to a graduated tax. Corporate give-backs should be tied to job creation and/or stability to continue to receive tax breaks otherwise fines, penalties, or reduce tax incentives.

Hurley

As outlined in my response on priorities in the district, I strongly support shifting to a lower corporate income tax rate, applied more evenly to all businesses.

Martin

I do. This is not just a question of closing tax loopholes versus business incentives. Just as with everyday citizens, every business pays in and be stakeholders in our states economic good health. By ensuring that all businesses pay something, and pay proportional to their stake and economic holdings, we could increase our revenue, while decreasing the burden on small businesses and those Illinois will rely on to put people back to work.

What should the state government do to create a more favorable business climate and to promote job growth?
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The corporate tax rate should be analyzed and significant emphasis on any tax incentives should be tied to job creation. Tax incentives should be offered to all employers who hire those unemployed over 6 months. By generating jobs, we will increase the state's tax revenues and reduce costs/spending and amounts owed vendors.

Hurley

Unfortunately, most of the incentives the state has offered to the business community have been offered to large corporations; and the benefits only seem to be extended when companies threaten to leave the state.
Illinois needs to end this game of corporate blackmail and instead focus on aiding the small and midsize businesses that form the backbone of our economy. Following are some initial steps lawmakers can take now to provide that assistance.

The Research and Development Tax Credit should be made permanent. During the Veto Session the legislature temporarily extended these credits. Businesses don't need temporary solutions, they need long-term cost certainty. R&D Credits encourage businesses to invest in new equipment and develop new products. They also tend to benefit pharmaceutical companies, high tech start-ups, and green sector businesses--the sectors of the national economy that are growing. R&D Credits will help establish and keep these businesses in Illinois.

Use of the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Credits should be expanded. These benefits allow big businesses (like Sears) to avoid paying employer payroll taxes for a certain period of time in exchange for keeping jobs in Illinois. The state should provide similar benefits to small and midsize companies who hire new employees; this will spur job growth by lowering employment costs.

The Workers Compensation Commission should be strengthened. One of the most frequent complaints about Illinois' hostile business environment is the high cost of Workers Comp claims. The General Assembly enacted some important Workers Comp reforms last year, but they didn't go far enough. Compensation awards should be randomly audited to uncover fraudulent claims; and the work of Commission members should be regularly reviewed to ensure they do not have relationships with attorneys and claimants, which has been alleged in the past.

Martin

We are still feeling the effects of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. On day one, I will work to find ways to put people back to work by addressing our growing need to improve infrastructure.

Lay out your plan for paying the billions the state owes schools, universities, human service providers and others. Would you support borrowing to pay down those bills?
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Hodorowicz

Some borrowing is needed now since the state has put these entities into a distressed position.
Please refer to my answer above relative to your question on SB512. By accomplishing this we would have available funds to pay bills in the normal course of state activity. Our vendors then would not have to borrow or layoff current employees.

Hurley

Given our history of excessive borrowing, many are reluctant to see the State acquire more debt. However, some targeted borrowing to pay down old bills could save the taxpayers money in the long run. School districts, library boards, and other local government entities are being forced to take out loans right now to cover the holes in their budgets that have been created by the State's inability to pay bills. The State could get a much more favorable interest rate by borrowing on the front end and paying off debts to local governments immediately. In other words, a single borrowing plan by the State will ultimately cost the taxpayers of Illinois less than hundreds of smaller loans taken out by individual local governments.

Martin

Given the current economic crisis in Illinois, it is not feasible to let the income tax increase expire at this time. We must also broaden the corporate income tax base. Doing so would increase revenue, promote a better business environment and lighten the burden on small businesses who we need hiring to put people back to work.

State legislative leaders are trying to give the General Assembly a role in negotiating contracts with state labor unions. What is your opinion of that?
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Hodorowicz

Legislators should stay out of the contracts with organized labor, enough damage has been done already.

Hurley

Ultimately, the Governor is the chief executive and his office must take the lead in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. But it is important that the Governor and his staff not operate in a vacuum. Because the General Assembly appropriates the funding for employee contracts, the Governor must work in much closer collaboration with the Legislature. A representative of the General Assembly should be present at negotiations, and the Governor and General Assembly should share projections on contract costs and whether future revenues will sufficiently cover salary growth. We don't need a repeat of the AFSCME contract agreement the Governor signed last year, which the legislature could not fully fund.

Martin

I am not convinced such a proposal is viable.

The legislature has tried repeatedly to expand gambling in Illinois. Do you support expanded gambling in Illinois? In what form? Do you support a Chicago casino?
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I support gambling expansion at a moderate and responsible pace. I believe casino expansion partnership with the state, not city, would share revenues agreed upon based on services and impact for the City of Chicago. As history shows, the self-policing by the city is non-existant. Oversight should remain with the gaming/racing boards.

Horse racing should or could piggyback the lottery machines and slots and pari-mutuel machines shouldor could be allowed at the airports.

Hurley

I support a taxpayer-owned casino in the downtown Chicago area. Revenue from this casino should be used to offset our massive unfunded pension liability. If in the future pension funds are stabilized, then revenue should fund infrastructure improvements.

Casino gambling is not a panacea for our budget troubles. Leadership in the House and Senate should ensure that a gaming bill does not come with legislative pork that dilutes the impact of the revenue stream. While any gaming bill is certain to include more than just a Chicago casino, I believe all expansion should be done in moderation as nationwide gaming revenues have been declining.

Martin

While I only support bringing casinos to Chicago in designated and targeted areas -- whether we like it or not, our residents do gamble. Our state loses potential revenue every time someone goes out of state to do so. With our current budgetary challenges, we cannot afford to turn our back on that potential source of revenue.

Would you seek any changes to the state ethics and campaign finance laws? Would you support capping what state party leaders can donate during a general election?
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Hodorowicz

There needs to be serious consideration towards Illinois ethics and campaign laws. I support the law that limits contributions which places caps on the amount that can be contributed. Large contributions may put the candidate in a position that may be at odds with interests of the voters.

Hurley

The most recent changes to ethics and campaign finance laws are a strong first step. In some cases however, the limits are excessively high. I support capping what state party leaders can donate during a general election and support reducing the caps on what political party committees can contribute during primary elections.

Martin

While I do believe in political parties' role in educating voters, I am open to limiting the amount spent on elections. With all of the budgetary, economic, and educational issues facing our state, it is not an immediate priority for me.

Would you back a constitutional amendment to shift from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax system?
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Hodorowicz

Yes, please refer to my earlier statements and responses.

Hurley

Yes

Martin

I am in favor of instituting a progressive income tax; however, every citizen must pay something so that we are all stakeholders in our state's economic good health.

Do you have a plan to adequately fund schools and reform the property tax system that results in inequities?
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Hodorowicz

Spending should be limited to state services not pork projects until deficits are under control and pensions are fully funded. The property tax system is flawed, confusing many Illinois tax payers. It should be simplified and based upon a simple and direct percentage formula that is easier for the tax payers to understand.

Hurley

Funding education through property tax has failed. Illinois should shift to a graduated income tax system to fund public education. This will distribute resources more equitably and improve schools throughout the State.

Martin

Nothing is more important to me than ensuring all our children receive a world-class education. We must prioritize spending, reform the tax code in a manner that generates sufficient revenue for the state to do so.

What is your view on gay marriage?
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Hodorowicz

Marriage is between a man and a woman, the state allows for civil unions and that is adequate.

Hurley

I support the civil unions law that was enacted by the state last year.

Martin

I was raised and am a practicing Catholic; however, as a state, we have an ethical and constitutional obligation to offer the same benefits and protections to every citizen.

The race
The candidates
Frances Ann Hurley
Anthony R. Martin

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Andrew Byrne Hodorowicz

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