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Bevin(R)
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Edwards(D)
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vs.Dardenne(R)
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Bryant(R)
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vs.Dextrase(I)
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Lesniak(D)
vs.Fulop(D)
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vs.Pierce(R)
vs.Bell(D)
vs.Niemeyer(R)
UT: Herbert(R)
vs.Weinholtz(D)
vs.Johnson(R)
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Northam(D)
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vs.Gillespie(R)
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vs.Lisman(R)
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Ray Lesniak on Abortion
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Ray Lesniak on Budget & Economy
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Ray Lesniak on Civil Rights
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  • Replace civil unions with same-sex marriage. (Feb 2012)
  • Evolved from supporter of LGBT rights to an advocate. ()
Ray Lesniak on Corporations
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Ray Lesniak on Crime
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  • Change culture of corrections: limit solitary confinement. (Mar 2016)
  • Hundreds wrongfully convicted have likely been executed. ()
Ray Lesniak on Drugs
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  • Ultimately we'll get legalization but wait for other states. (Nov 2015)
  • Study legalization of recreational cannabis in other states. (Nov 2015)
  • Drug courts make our community safer, and save money. ()
Ray Lesniak on Education
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  • Invest in education, for the future of our society. ()
Ray Lesniak on Energy & Oil
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  • Require disclosure of renewables on electric bills. (Mar 2016)
Ray Lesniak on Environment
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  • Ban baiting of deer and bear during hunting. (Dec 2015)
  • Champion animal rights for both pets & wild animals. ()
Ray Lesniak on Families & Children
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Ray Lesniak on Foreign Policy
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Ray Lesniak on Free Trade
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Ray Lesniak on Government Reform
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  • Establish in-person early voting in addition to Vote-by-Mail. (Dec 2014)
Ray Lesniak on Gun Control
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  • Buy police weapons from socially responsible gun sellers. (Nov 2015)
  • Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber. (May 2013)
  • Ban 50-caliber bullets & assault weapons. ()
Ray Lesniak on Health Care
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  • NJ should not sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation. (Jun 2010)
Ray Lesniak on Homeland Security
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Ray Lesniak on Immigration
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Ray Lesniak on Jobs
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  • Job creation by career fairs & keeping existing employers. ()
Ray Lesniak on Local Issues
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Ray Lesniak on Principles & Values
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Ray Lesniak on Social Security
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  • Close deficit in state retirement fund over next 7 years. (Mar 2010)
Ray Lesniak on Tax Reform
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Ray Lesniak on Technology
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Ray Lesniak on War & Peace
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Ray Lesniak on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Private donations for job training for SNAP recipients. (Mar 2016)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Replace civil unions with same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Evolved from supporter of LGBT rights to an advocate: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NJ should not sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Close deficit in state retirement fund over next 7 years: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Invest in education, for the future of our society: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban baiting of deer and bear during hunting: Opposes topic 8
Champion animal rights for both pets & wild animals: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Change culture of corrections: limit solitary confinement: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Hundreds wrongfully convicted have likely been executed: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Buy police weapons from socially responsible gun sellers: Opposes topic 10
Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban 50-caliber bullets & assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Establish in-person early voting in addition to Vote-by-Mail: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Require disclosure of renewables on electric bills: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ultimately we'll get legalization but wait for other states: Favors topic 19
Study legalization of recreational cannabis in other states: Favors topic 19
Drug courts make our community safer, and save money: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Job creation by career fairs & keeping existing employers: Favors topic 20

Ray Lesniak is a Moderate Liberal.
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