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    John Cavanaugh
    (D)

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    Marque Snow
    (D)

Biographical Information

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

How should the problem of prison overcrowding be handled?

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

Should there be increased restrictions on money in politics? Why or why not and what specific restrictions would you support? (Online only)

Does Nebraska need a paid family medical leave program? Why or why not? (Online only)

Education B.A. - Catholic University of America M.A.- Environmental Policy from Vermont Law School J.D. - Vermont Law School
Volunteer experience ModeShift Omaha, Aksarben/Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association
Yes, we need a nonpartisan redistricting process independent of elected officials. The people of the district should pick their elected official and not the other way around. I would support a nonpartisan commission to draft all election districts. I would further support nonpartisan elections for all state and federal offices in Nebraska as well.
We can not build our way out of a prison overcrowding crisis. We need to address the root causes of crime and incarceration. We need to start with investing in early childhood education. Increase access to health care and mental healthcare for children and adults. We must increase access to Drug and Alcohol treatment. The jail and prison system should not be the only place people can get treatment. We also need sentencing reform and to change our approach to non-violent offenses.
No, we should be making it easier to vote, not harder. Voter ID disenfranchises the poor and those less able to get a state ID. If elected, I will advocate for Universal Vote By Mail. It is safer and less expensive than traditional voting in person. It is also more secure. Universal Vote By Mail has the added benefit of giving people the time to sit at their dinner table with their ballots and the League of Women Voters’ guide to do their research.
Yes, money has a corrupting influence on anyone, and the need to raise large sums of money perverts the purpose of elections, which is to communicate with voters. Some money is necessary to communicate effectively. Individuals should be able to contribute to campaigns, but corporations and unidentified entities should not be able to spend money on behalf of candidates. If elected, I would work to amend the Constitution to repeal the Citizens United opinion and get dark money out of politics.
Yes, the recent Covid-19 crisis has laid bare the weaknesses in our society. People go to work when they are sick, risking the health of everyone around them because they can not miss a paycheck. Now, we have a glaring example of what advocates for family leave have been saying for years. We need family medical leave to help the individual but also to protect the rest of society.
Current Public Office, dates held Omaha Public Schools Board Member May 2013 - Present Board Vice President January 2017- January 2018 Board President January 2018 - Present
Education University of South Dakota, B.S. Political Science & History 2011
Volunteer experience 100 Black Men of Omaha (Mentor) African Culture Connection (Board Member) Huespring Omaha (Advisory Board Member)
Yes,
Prison reform
No
Yes, lobby and interest groups
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