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2020 Candidate Survey

About the Survey

Every Presidential election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the state’s candidates for U.S. Congress on their positions regarding issues of interest to Catholics.


The responses of the Democratic and Republican primary candidates and other important election information are available on this page.


All candidates were also given the opportunity to provide a brief statement at the end of the survey on why Maryland Catholics should vote for them. Those responses are also below.


2020 Primary Election

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of Maryland will conduct the June primary as, primarily, a vote-by-mail election, with limited locations available to vote in person and to drop off ballots.


May 21 - June 2: Ballot drop off at select locations throughout the state


June 2: Primary Election Day. *Election-day voter registration will be available.


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2020 General Election

October 22 - 29: Early voting


November 3: Election Day

How to Use the Survey

The Maryland Catholic Conference does not endorse or oppose any candidate, under any circumstance, and no inference of endorsement or opposition should be concluded as a result of the information provided here.


On this page you will find the responses of all the candidates running for U.S. Representative in Maryland as a member of the Democratic and Republican parties.


To find your Congressional district, go to the the "Find Your Congressional District" section below. There you can find a link where you can easily find your Congressional district.


Once you know your Congressional district, scroll to the section headed "2020 Congressional Candidate Responses." Use the drop menu there to go directly to the responses provided by the candidates running to represent your district or scroll for all candidates.


Candidate Survey Issue Statements

Each candidate was asked to either “agree” or “disagree” with the five issue statements below.


  1. EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS. Congress should enact legislation that supports the ability of low-income families to choose the education best suited to their children’s needs, such as tax credits for business donations to organizations that provide scholarships for K-12 students to attend nonpublic schools.
  2. POVERTY. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and other similar initiatives provide funding for millions of low-income Americans who cannot afford to adequately feed themselves or their families. Congress should oppose attempts to reduce funding for these, and similar anti-poverty initiatives through budget cuts.
  3. HEALTHCARE. Congress should reject structural changes to Medicaid, including changing the program into a block grant to the states, which would leave millions of people who rely on Medicaid at risk of losing access to health care. Any modification to the Medicaid system should prioritize improvement and affordable access to quality care over cost savings.
  4. CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS. Congress should pass legislation to strengthen the enforcement of existing conscience protection laws by establishing a private right of action allowing providers who are discriminated against because of their refusal to perform, refer for or pay for abortions to defend their rights in court.
  5. IMMIGRATION. Congress should pass comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform providing a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the U.S., while preserving family unity and restoring due process protections to enforcement policies.

Find your Congressional District

Click the button below to find your Congressional district.




2020 Congressional Candidate Responses

Use the drop menu below to go directly to a specific Congressional district and review the responses of the candidates running to represent that district.





Answer Key


= Agree | = Disagree | Blank = No Response


* indicates incumbents


Candidates who did not respond to the survey are marked as “DID NOT RESPOND.”



District 1


Allison Galbraith (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Mia Mason (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.


Jennifer Pingley (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: I am taking a Salesian approach to campaigning: humility, civility, respect, gentleness, and service to community through love, not force. I want your problems, your conversations, your vote. Regarding the abortion question, I believe a pro-life/pro-choice door seal will inform patients upfront and avoid putting providers in positions of conscience vs potential discrimination. I pray for the day we can transplant fetuses from mother to mother. Then this will no longer be an issue.


Jorge Delgado (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Andy Harris* (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND



District 2


Michael Feldman (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Jake Pretot (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger* (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: I share many of the same priorities as the Catholic Church. I got into politics because I want to help people and now, more than ever, Washington needs champions for the poor and underserved. We must strengthen Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and ensure all Americans can access affordable healthcare. I am fighting to restore tax benefits for charitable giving and ensure programs like Catholic Charities, Head Start and Meals on Wheels get the resources they need.


Scott M. Collier (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Tim Fazenbaker (Republican)

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STATEMENT: Raised as Catholic, I was taught each person has the God given right to do whatever they want as long as one doesn’t take away that right from another. This is still my viewpoint and my way of life.


Rick Impallaria (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Genevieve Morris (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Johnny Ray Salling (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I am a pro-life Republican that believes in fighting for the unborn. I will make sure that if I am elected to Congress that religious rights are never ignored by the federal government. Doctors and medical staff should never be forced to preform an abortion.


Jim Simpson (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I love Maryland. I raised my children and intend to spend my life here. But people are being driven out of the state by high crime, high taxes and illegal immigration. I have made fixing these problems my life's work and am the most qualified candidate. I will strongly defend the rights of the unborn, the rights of Maryland citizens to their jobs, their income, their property and their freedom - rights that are increasingly being lost.


Blaine Taylor (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I am pro-life. More than that, though, the latest figure in millions of Americans having murdered Americans since 1973 when Woe vs. (actual) Raid on Humanity was passed is 69! This shame is the American Holocaust against our own people. If Congress ever has any say in this, I will vote for repeal of this heinous crime against each other and ourselves. The US Supreme Court should strike it down. Amen!



District 3


Joseph C. Ardito (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


John M. Rea (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


John Sarbanes* (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Charles Anthony (Republican)

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STATEMENT: John Sarbanes has effectively abandoned his constituency during his tenure in The House. His only interest appears to be pacifying his constituency just enough to remain in office so he can continue to undermine The Constitution and walk all over the right to life for unborn children. I believe in The Constitution and I support the right to life. I will stand for our first responders, our military, our country, and God.


Thomas E. "Pinkston" Harris (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Reba A. Hawkins (Republican)

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Joshua M. Morales (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I’m the candidate that believes in the voice of every Americans freedom of choice and one who keeps striving for the values that built America and kept us strong. Tradition and Faith runs my campaign.


Rob Seyfferth (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND



District 4


Anthony G. Brown* (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: As a Catholic, my public service has been guided by my faith and strong belief that "whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."


Shelia Bryant (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: I am a woman, a retired USMC Colonel, attorney, wife and mother who cares about Maryland residents who deserve vocal, authentic, honest representation in Congress. I have a progressive agenda which is inclusive and based on American values; integrity, justice and compassion. I care about affordable housing and great public education that prepares our children for a bright and successful future. I belive that the pharmaceutical industry should not be able to charge outrageous prices for life saving medications; that the wealthy must pay their fair share of taxes and that we protect the environment and provide well-paying union jobs to transition to fossil-free energy.


Kim A. Shelton (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Nnabu Eze (Republican)

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Eric Loeb (Republican)

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STATEMENT: Our electoral system does not provide a voice to all parties. I believe in the need for respectful consideration of all views. I believe that the Will of God is the simplest expression of some opinions and should not be excluded from discussion. Catholic voters will have a home with me.


George E. McDermott (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND



District 5


William A. Devine, III (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: To Retire Steny Hoyer!


Vanessa Marie Hoffman (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: Humanity has a moral obligation to be responsible and courageous stewards of Earth who respect and protect all God’s gifts and creations. Presently we permit EVIL to increasingly enslave all of life on Earth to a near future reality of unimaginable pain and unspeakable horrors. We can stop this from happening, but we must act now before there is nothing left but pollution, ashes, and lives endlessly wailing for their God to save them.


Steny H. Hoyer* (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Briana Urbina (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Mckayla Wilkes (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Bryan DuVal Cubero (Republican)

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STATEMENT: Because I actual will work for them, how by voting the way the citizens want me to vote, which is how a democracy is supposed to work. Because "NO" company owns me and I owe them nothing. Because I believe and want the Govt to work the way it is supposed, too. The Govt works for us the US citizens. If you vote for me I will work hard to reverse the Govt ruling over us, to us "the citizens" ruling over the Govt. No American should fear their Govt. And there should be no laws that cause any citizen to feel as if they are being forced to live or work as a 2nd class citizen. That includes citizens who have court convictions. America has to work for all its citizens, regardless of their past. Taxing the elderly's house is unjust.


Lee Havis (Republican)

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STATEMENT: My campaign supports first priority to the well-being of American citizens. I therefore support border security and building a wall to deter illegal immigration and drug trafficking. I support freedom for American citizens over socialism; reduce regulations and support free market activity and solutions rather than government programs that create dependency and subsidize conditions of poverty. I support responsible spending for a sound economy, which means to stop reckless, irresponsible spending is achieved through increasing the national debt and continuing budget deficits. I oppose federal funding of abortions.


Kenneth Lee (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Chris Palombi (Republican)

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Doug Sayers (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I will work for you versus having a career politician that works for lobbyists. As your representative, I will work with the Executive Branch and bring record level federal funds back into the 5th District and work to fully fund our public programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We need to return to the basics of good government and running the government per our Constitution.



District 6


Maxwell A. Bero (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


David Trone* (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Kevin T. Caldwell (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I will protect everyones right to religious freedom. I believe as John Adams did that our form of government will only work with a moral people. I am the non institutional career politician in this race and the only veteran.


Chris P. Meyyur (Republican)

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STATEMENT: My campaign motto is Caring begins here, and I would not change or compromise my positions to win the election or reelection. My issues are basically fiscal incentives to support families (meyyur2020.com).


Neil C. Parrott (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I serve as a Delegate with the primary goal of blessing people. The Bible is my guide, so valuing human life, from conception to end-of-life, is of utmost importance to me. Families also need to be supported, as they pass on faith and values to the next generation. My voting record shows that I value life, marriage, and God-given freedoms. My intent is to help others, and I would be honored to have your vote.



District 7


T. Dan Baker (Democrat)

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Alicia D. Brown (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Jill P. Carter (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Matko Lee Chullin, III (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: My family has been catholic for hundreds of years. I have actively supported the Catholic Church and schools both financially and personally with hours of devoted community service throughout the Catholic and public school system. My children have graduated from Catholic Schools.


Maya Rockeymoore Cummings (Democrat)

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Michael Davidson (Democrat)

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Darryl Gonzalez (Democrat)

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Mark Steven Gosnell (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Dan Hiegel (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: I'm the only conservative Democrat. Liberals made the Seventh the most murderous district in the U.S. City crime is becoming County crime.


Michael D. Howard Jr. (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Jay Jalisi (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Kweisi Mfume (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Adrian Petrus (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Saafir A. Rabb (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Gary Schuman (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: I am dedicated to protecting The Bill of Rights. Freedom of Religion is a guarantee. I have written about and promoted understanding between the religions and races. I can and will bridge the communication gaps and promote understanding and cooperation. We need laws, but also lawmakers who inspire morality. When I was 6 years old on Easter Sunday, my father asked if I was going to put on my new sport jacket. I asked why. My Dad replied; "it's Easter". I said we're Jewish. I can hear him still today respond: "Out of respect for our neighbors." My mother, early on, told me "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive". These are the principles I live by . Example is the best way to lead.


Charles U. Smith (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: Because I served the State of Maryland under three Governors Harry Hughes, Donald Schaefer, Parris Glendenning as T.A.G of the Maryland national guard 1976-1999. Now retired.


Harry Spikes (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Charles Stokes (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Jeff Woodard (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: People should vote for me because I am reliable, confident, compassionate, and hardworking.


Ray Bly (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Brian L. Brown (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Kimberly Klacik (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


M.J. Madwolf (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Liz Matory (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I am the only woman running for CD7 who is now unapologetically Pro-Life, from conception to natural death. I believe that our worldly culture has degraded individuals and families, and I will fight to restore our shared values back to Congress. On economic and immigration issues, my approach will be more conservative than typical candidates because I understand the bigger picture through my life, professional, and educational experiences.


William Newton (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND



District 8


Marcia H. Morgan (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Utam Paul (Democrat)

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STATEMENT: It takes intellectual maturity to serve in the White House or Congress and I bring that intellectual maturity. I can give solutions for American people and improve the government. Jammie Raskin's record of representation in Maryland General Assembly or US Congress is Takoma Park where nobody wants to move and live. We need change for better. I can give that change for better.


Jamie Raskin* (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Lih Young (Democrat)

DID NOT RESPOND


Gregory Thomas Coll (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I, Gregory Coll, will stop late-term abortion when mothers are not at risk and save children's lives. I, Gregory Coll, believe there is no reason late-term abortion should be administered unless there is a health risk to the expecting mother. Support should be offered in other ways for expecting mothers to help them and their babies to be happy and healthy. For more information, visit www.gregorycoll.com


Bridgette L. Cooper (Republican)

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STATEMENT: Maryland Catholics should vote for me to represent them in Congress because I want all of my constituents to be involved in the political process, be informed voters, and to encourage elected officials to act on behalf of the common good.


Nicholas Gladden (Republican)

DID NOT RESPOND


Patricia Rogers (Republican)

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STATEMENT: I have lived an exemplary life lead by my values always leading my decisions about living well in community with others to the best of my abilities, so help me God.


Shelly Skolnick (Republican)

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STATEMENT: My campaign theme is "Make America Fair To All (MAFTA)". For example, I will seek tax fairness by making social security benefits tax free to seniors at age 70. And at age 70, seniors should not pay the 6.2% payroll tax. However, for workers under age 70, the 6.2% payroll tax for social security should apply to all wages by removing the wage cap for such taxes.


Michael Yadeta (Republican)

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STATEMENT: Because I am Conservative prolife, oppose same sex marriage, family value — I have 100% plans to make Montgomery County communities  be economically stable with sustainable jobs first day I get to the office. I will create Vocational training school for dropouts and homeless to build home for them and be mentally and physically ready to shack the liberal ideology.