The non-partisan voter education organization Project Vote Smart says of Green Party Congressional candidate Nancy Wade, she “shows courage”. At the same time, the independent voter advocacy group says each of her two opponents, including incumbent Democrat Mike Quigley, “lacks courage”. That’s an impressive and solid endorsement from an organization widely respected for its non-partisanship.
Project Vote Smart
According to the group’s website, ‘Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan, nonprofit educational organization funded exclusively through individual contributions and philanthropic foundations.’ The organization prides itself on the fact that it’s located in Montana, ‘far from the partisan influences of Washington.’ As its mission, Project Vote Smart says, ‘Our staff, interns, and volunteers are working hard to strengthen the most essential component of democracy – access to information.’
One of the most impressive tools offered to voters by Project Vote Smart is its VoteEasy program. Simply type in your zip code and the organization’s website will display all of your Congressional candidates, complete with their detailed positions on all the issues, their party, picture and public record.
For incumbents, voters can access the candidate’s voting record. And best of all, after answering 13 quick policy questions, the site will automatically match you up with the candidate that best represents your views. VoteEasy offers the same free service for other elections as well, such as President, where the group includes all 6 of the major Presidential candidates.
In Illinois’ 5th Congressional District, Project Vote Smart gives its thumbs-up to the Green Party’s Nancy Wade over incumbent Democrat Mike Quigley and Republican challenger Dan Schmitt. The non-partisan organization specifically says of Quigley and Schmitt, that each, “Lacks courage”.
Nancy Wade on the other hand, according to the independent nonprofit, “Shows courage”. Those are the two designations Project Vote Smart uses in their candidate recommendations. Showing how impressed they were with the Green’s Wade, the voter education group gave her the highest rating it has saying, ‘Nancy Wade has 100% political courage’.
On the issues
According to the VoteEasy website, Nancy Wade is a strong progressive candidate. She’s pro-choice, against the war in Afghanistan, for cutting defense spending and against privatizing Social Security. Wade also supports restrictions on firearms and greenhouse gas emissions. Showing she’s somewhat moderate on economic issues, the Green Party candidate supports ‘federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth’ and at the same time, ‘providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation’.
Nancy Wade’s campaign fliers insist the candidate represents, ‘Real Choice, Real Change’. Her four top priorities are listed as:
- Jobs for our communities
- Tax and regulate Wall Street
- Universal healthcare
- Get Big Money out of politics
Wade calls herself, “a progressive champion for the 5th District.” But some of her positions show her ability to attract moderates, independents, and even some independent-leaning fiscal conservatives. Being a pro-jobs candidate who supports providing financial incentives to businesses in exchange for job growth, the Green Congressional nominee confirms the issue at the top of her list – jobs. And according to the non-partisan Project Vote Smart, she means business.
For more information on Nancy Wade, visit WadeInCongress.org.
For more information on candidates in your area, visit Project Vote Smart and their voter tool VoteEasy.
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