2022 Maryland Governor Candidate Guide

Dan Cox (R) vs Wes Moore (D)

Governor | Election | Nov 8, 2022

The Candidates

Dan Cox

Dan Cox

Republican

Wes Moore

Wes Moore

Democrat

The Issues

Legal Abortion

Ban or legal?

Dan Cox (R)

Ban. “I firmly believe in pro-life values.” Would “stop…taxpayer funds” going to out-of-state  patients seeking abortion in state. Sponsored a bill  prohibiting abortions of fetuses with a heartbeat, at roughly six weeks.

Climate Change

Should climate change be a top priority? Tax or limit the output of greenhouse gases, or support renewable energy?

Education

Use public funding for private and/or for-profit schools?

Dan Cox (R)

Yes. Supports parental choice for schools and providing funding for “private, charter, and homeschool K-12 learning.” Sponsored a bill to provide grants to students attending public and nonpublic schools during Covid school shutdowns.

Wes Moore (D)

Unclear. Asked about vouchers for private schools, said “I just look forward to working with the legislature to come up with the correct answer.”

How to address the teaching of issues around racism and gender identity?

Dan Cox (R)

Proposed amendments prohibiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity; calls it “gender identity indoctrination.” Says schools are teaching critical race theory, and “parents are tired of the radical left using their children as social experiments.”

Wes Moore (D)

We have to love our country enough to tell the hard truths about its history.” Will work toward “LGBTQ+-affirming policies” at schools to combat harassment, provide tool and resources, and offer mental health care.

Increase funding for K-12 and higher education?

Elections

Did Joe Biden legitimately win the 2020 Presidential election?

Environment

Loosen or tighten environmental regulations?

Dan Cox (R)

Mostly loosen. Wants to end the fracking ban to produce more energy. Voted against bills that established an electric school bus pilot program and that prohibited wild animal trafficking and balloon releases. Voted for a bill prohibiting selling or distributing items with PFAS chemicals.

Gun Laws

Pass less or more restrictive legislation on guns?

Wes Moore (D)

More. Will expand background checks, implement extreme risk protective order laws, and eliminate ghost guns. “I am committed to strengthening our gun laws.

Health Care

Increase government role in health care, such as expanding Medicaid, limiting drug prices, or promoting COVID safety?

Immigration

How to handle immigration? Support a path to citizenship for “DACA” participants brought to the US as children?

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

LGBT Rights

Limit or expand LGBTQ rights?

Dan Cox (R)

Limit. Opposes “gender indoctrination” in schools and transgender athletes participating in women’s sports. Voted against a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, and another bill requiring licenses and ID cards to have an unspecified/other sex option.

Minimum Wage

Keep or raise the state minimum from $12.50 per hour? If raise, how much?

Police and Community

How to address police use of force?

Student Financial Aid

Support lowering interest on student loans or forgiving them?

Taxes

Should corporations and wealthier individuals pay less or more taxes?

Voting Rules

Support tightened restrictions on such voting rules as absentee and early voting, and voter ID?

We only include candidates polling 15% or more. But check out others, including David Lashar (L) and Nancy Wallace (G).

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