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Nebraska State Legislature - District 35

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  • Raymond M Aguilar

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    Dan Quick

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Does Nebraska need to change its method of redistricting? Why or why not?

Do you feel there is a need for voter ID? If so, why and how should it be implemented?

How should the problem of prison overcrowding be handled?

Does Nebraska need a paid family medical leave program? Why or why not?

Should there be increased restrictions on money in politics? Why or why not? What specific restrictions would you support?

What is your plan to ensure Nebraska’s infrastructure and economy are stable during and post pandemic, such as COVID-19?

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Occupation Retired from Grand Island Utilities Dept. January 2017. Power Plant Maintenance Mechanic/Welder
Education High School Graduate, Hordville High School
Current Public Office, dates held State Senator, District 35, 2017-Current
Past Public Office, dates held None
Military experience None
Volunteer experience Knights of Columbus events, Church Events - Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grand Island Central Catholic Events
Address 1019 Kennedy Dr., Grand Island, NE 68803
Marital Status Married, 4/26/1980
Age 62
Yes. Fair elections are fundamental to our democratic process. Politicians should not choose their own constituents, the people should choose who represents them. The only fair way to do this is to have an independent committee draw district lines without the influence of elected officials, lobbyists, special interest groups, and party leaders.
After the 2016 election, President Trump launched a commission to investigate voter fraud. The commission found no evidence that voter fraud was a problem. Requiring an ID to vote is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist and in the process, it disenfranchises low-income families, minorities, and other groups who don’t have IDs or up-to-date IDs. We should be encouraging more people to vote and be engaged in the process.
We need corrections reformed to address prison overcrowding for the safety of the inmates and the corrections officers. The public safety of our citizens should always be our top concern. We need to work to keep non-violent offenders that don’t pose a risk to the public out of jail and give them rehabilitation and assistance that they need rather than throwing them behind bars. We also need to examine why our numbers are so high and invest in education, mental health services, and other programs that are proven to help keep people out of the system.
We need a plan that works for businesses and workers. Studies show that businesses are most productive when their workforce is happy and healthy. Workers need time to take care of themselves and immediate family when they are sick so they don’t spread it to other people. A paid family leave program allows families to receive the care they need without worrying about losing their job or seeing a decreased paycheck.
This is a difficult question to answer as I have run for election before and needed campaign contributions to run a successful campaign. I do believe that elections should be fair, transparent, and based on merit and ideas and as much as some would like to see money out of politics, funding is a critical part of getting your message out to voters. However, voters should make choices based on who would best represent them, not who could afford the most advertising. From my experience hard work, honesty, and meeting people face to face are big factors in getting elected.

Common-sense restrictions that put certain limits on campaign fundraising might be beneficial, but because of Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United v. FEC, we are limited in what we can do right now. One of the biggest issues facing politics is dark money. The ability for groups to receive and spend unlimited funds without having to disclose the donors creates distrust between the voters and candidates.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been talking with businesses, workers, and health leaders about how to keep our community safe, while keeping our economy intact as much as possible.

Over the next couple years we will have a lot to consider, including getting working families back to their jobs and ensuring assistance for local businesses. We also need to ensure we work with medical professionals to improve our healthcare system for future events, rebuilding our infrastructure, and keeping our school system strong for our kids.

We need nonpartisan leaders right now who will do what is best for our community and for Nebraska, not their party. I am committed to putting the people’s needs first.