The questions on this page were prepared for the 2018 General Election. They will be updated for the 2020 General Election at a later date.

Questions for the Candidates

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In Catholic teaching the laity have the primary responsibility for determining political affairs. That means it is your responsibility to find out where the candidates stand on the issues. In a democracy, it is your responsibility to make sure the candidates take a stand on the issues.

Don't let the campaigns, newspapers, and special interests groups determine the issues. In North Dakota, most candidates still go door to door and make community appearances. Don't pass up any opportunity to ask the candidates where they stand on the important moral and justice issues of the day.

Print out this list of questions to ask the candidates, keep them handy, and make the candidates accountable to you.
Where Do the Candidates Stand?
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Right to Life & Dignity of the Human Person

  • Protecting unborn human life and committing state resources to ending abortion?
  • Preserving the bans on assisted suicide, euthanasia, the death penalty, human embryo research, and commercial surrogacy?
  • Preventing tax funding for abortion and abortion advocacy?
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Religious Freedom

  • Protecting the right of individuals and organizations to serve the public in accord with reasoned conscientious beliefs?
  • Protecting religious freedom without unduly infringing upon the legitimate and compelling interests of the state?
  • Preserving the right to contract according to religious beliefs?
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Family Life

  • Fostering family life and the common good by keeping the Sunday morning closing law?
  • Enabling parents, financially and in other ways, to choose the best educational setting for their children?
  • Opposing policies that force government agencies, businesses, charities, and schools to accept false gender ideologies?
  • Treating all immigrants, especially families, with dignity and respect?

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The Community

  • Ensuring access to health care while respecting human life, human dignity, and religious freedom?
  • Providing social and community services to those in need, including those with disabilities, mental illness, and addictions?
  • Reforming the criminal justice system so that it focuses on restoration, rehabilitation, prevention, and opportunity?
  • Providing safe havens for properly-vetted refugees, regardless of race, nationality, or religious affiliation?
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The Economy

  • Ensuring a just wage, economic initiative, and the right of workers to form associations to collectively represent their interests?
  • Policies to foster family farms, rural communities, good stewardship of natural resources, and the right of local communities to regulate for the common good?
What We Do

The North Dakota Catholic Conference acts on behalf of the Roman Catholic bishops of North Dakota to respond to public policy issues of concern to the Catholic Church and to educate Catholics and the general public about Catholic social doctrine.
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