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Know Your Candidates

A guide to becoming an informed voter

Voters across America will go to the polls in November to elect leaders for statehouses, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Click below on your state to find links to the websites of candidates running for federal and state offices. This is your opportunity to learn more about the politicians seeking your vote.

 

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Asa Hutchinson (R) and Jared Henderson (D)

AARP asked candidates for Arkansas governor how they plan to help reverse the trend of under-saving for retirement, support tax credits for caregivers, and expand services that allow senior citizens to live independently in their homes.

QUESTION 1: 530,000 residents in our state don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 2:  Would you support providing a state income tax credit to family caregivers who use their own money to care for an older parent, spouse or other family member living with them?

QUESTION 3:  How will you [protect/expand] services and supports [that/to] allow [more] seniors to live independently in their homes and communities?

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Jared Polis (D) and Walker Stapleton (R)

AARP asked candidates for Colorado governor how they would provide essential services for older adults, promote retirement savings, protect PERA and create livable spaces so that seniors can remain in their communities as they age.

QUESTION 1: Colorado’s budget is uniquely constricted by sometimes conflicting Constitutional amendments that restrict taxes on one hand and raise them on the other.  What ideas do you have for balancing these conflicting amendments so there is adequate revenue available in our state to provide essential services to the rapidly growing number of older adults and their families?

QUESTION 2:  54% of working Coloradans don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 3: Hard-working Coloradans who have paid into the PERA over a lifetime of hard work are expecting to receive the deferred compensation they’ve been promised.  How will you protect promised public pension benefits that our active and retired public servants depend upon for a modest retirement?  (Note: tentative question, based upon outcome of PERA bill during this legislative session).

QUESTION 4:  A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has housing that is affordable (no more than 30% of income is spent on housing), transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services for people of all ages and allows people to remain in their communities as they age. What steps will you take to ensure all Coloradans have access to livable communities?

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  • Bruce Majors (L) - No site
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) - No site
  • Natale Stracuzzi (G) - No site    

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  • Chris King (D) – No site
  • Jeanette Nuñez (R) -  No site

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Paulette E. Jordan (D) and Brad Little (R)

AARP asked candidates for Idaho governor how they plan to keep older consumers in Idaho, encourage full census participation, reverse the trend of under-saving for retirement, and increase access to telehealth.

QUESTION 1:  Americans aged 50 and older contribute more than $7 trillion to the US economy and in Idaho that amounts to more than $28 billion.  What will you do to ensure that older consumers will want to remain in Idaho and to foster their continued economic contributions to the state’s economy?

QUESTION 2: Given that 40 percent of the 2020 census is expected to be conducted online, there is a growing concern that this will create an opportunity for identity theft, phishing scams and other forms of fraud, creating a hesitancy to participate. What would you do to address these concerns and encourage full participation in the census to ensure that all Idahoans are accurately counted?

QUESTION 3:  275,796 residents in our state don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 4: Telehealth helps older adults, people with disabilities, those with language access issues, and all Idahoans access health and home and community care in new ways and makes it easier for family caregivers to care for their loved ones.  What would you do to help family caregivers and their loved ones have greater access to telehealth?    

 

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Bruce Rauner (R) and J.B. Pritzker (D)

AARP asked candidates for Illinois governor how they would incentivize aging citizens to stay in Illinois, balance the budget to provide for important services, protect retirement income, and make sure the state provides quality home- and community-based services that allow seniors to age at home.

QUESTION 1: Americans aged 50 and older contribute more than $7 trillion to the US economy and in Illinois that amounts to more than $358.8 billion.  What will you do to ensure that older consumers will want to remain in Illinois and to foster their continued economic contributions to the state’s economy?

QUESTION 2:  What is your long term comprehensive plan to address Illinois’ fiscal crisis?  In particular, how will you balance the need for revenue for important services while safeguarding the financial security of Illinoisans 50 and older?    

QUESTION 3:  Illinoisans 50 and older have worked hard and saved smartly to ensure that they have enough money to live with dignity in retirement and recognize that they have a limited ability to rejoin the workforce.  For these reasons, X percent are very concerned or outright oppose any legislative efforts to tax retirement income in our state. Please tell us your position on the taxation of retirement income in Illinois?

QUESTION 4:  The majority of (State) residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.  One way to ensure that they don’t have to move is to redirect spending away from costly nursing home care and into home and community-based services (HCBS).  There are new and existing federal financial incentives and strategies to improve access to services to help seniors remain at home (HCBS), including consumer-directed decision making, home health and personal care, helping people better navigate the system and understand their care options, addressing racial disparities in access and quality of care, and expanding and improving the quality of the direct care workforce.  How will you expand current Community Care Program services and supports that allow more seniors to live independently in their homes and communities?

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SURVEY: Insights from Maine's Voters Age 50+

AARP surveyed voters age 50 and older in 20 states between August and September, 2018, to assess what would be on their minds when they cast their ballots this fall and which candidates they would be backing.

 

 

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  • Mike Foley (R) - No site

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Chris Sununu (R) and Molly Kelly (D)

AARP asked candidates for New Hampshire governor how they would encourage workplaces that are inclusive of all ages, provide paid leave for caregiving, and allow seniors to age in their own homes and communities.

QUESTION 1: Employees 65 and older now outnumber teenagers for the first time since 1948, but outdated beliefs about aging prevent us from taking full advantage of an aging workforce. What steps are you taking to adapt new ways of working for an intergenerational workplace and take advantage of the experience and expertise from older employees? Are there opportunities to collaborate with private sector and community partners to create workplaces for all ages?

QUESTION 2: Would you support a family leave law [with no cost to employers/with costs split between employers and employees/or remain silent on structure], that provides paid leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes? 

QUESTION 3: How will you [protect/expand] services and supports [that/to] allow [more] seniors to live independently in their homes and communities?

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  • José Serrano (D) – No site
  • Jason Gonzalez (R) – No site

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SURVEY: Insights from North Dakota's Voters Age 50+

AARP surveyed voters age 50 and older in 20 states between August and September, 2018, to assess what would be on their minds when they cast their ballots this fall and which candidates they would be backing.

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Richard Cordray (D) and Richard Michael DeWine (R)

AARP asked candidates for Ohio governor how they would help Ohioans save for retirement, remain in their communities as they age, benefit from tax credits to caregivers, and get easier access to home- and community-based services.

QUESTION 1:  1,873,000 residents in our state don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 2:  A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has housing that is affordable (no more than 30% of income is spent on housing), transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services for people of all ages and allows people to remain in their communities as they age. What steps will you take to ensure all [STATEIANS] have access to livable communities?

QUESTION 3:  Would you support providing a state income tax credit to family caregivers who use their own money to care for an older parent, spouse or other family member living with them?

QUESTION 4:  The majority of Ohio residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. One way to ensure that they don’t have to move from their homes is to redirect spending away from more costly nursing home care and into home and community based services (HCBS).  How will you help expand [State] seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community?

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Knute Buehler (R) and Kate Brown (D)

AARP asked candidates for Oregon governor how they would shore up family leave laws, ensure older workers are treated fairly on the job, provide financial security of 50+ Oregonians and allow people to remain in their communities as they age.

QUESTION 1:  Would you support a family leave law [with no cost to employers/with costs split between employers and employees/or remain silent on structure], that provides paid leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes?

QUESTION 2:  Older Americans are healthier and working longer than previous generations. Workers 50 and older already make up over one-third of the labor force, and workers 65+ are the fastest growing age group in the workforce. Yet, more than 6 in 10 older workers report they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Do you support strengthening state law to ensure older workers are treated fairly on the job?

QUESTION 3:  If budget cuts or tax reforms are implemented in your state, how will you balance the need for revenue for important services while safeguarding the financial security of Oregonians 50 and older? Will you oppose initiatives that limit the legislature’s flexibility in taxing and spending?

QUESTION 4:  A livable community is one that is safe and secure, has housing that is affordable (no more than 30% of income is spent on housing), transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services for people of all ages and allows people to remain in their communities as they age. What steps will you take to ensure all Oregonians have access to livable communities? 

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Tom Wolf (D) and Scott Wagner (R)

AARP asked candidates for Pennsylvania governor how they would provide services for an aging population, help people save for retirement, have access to home and community-based services, and spread telehealth across the state.

QUESTION 1:  By 2040, there will be more people aged 60+ than there are children – for the first time in the history of the world. As people live longer, healthier lives, we know we need to think differently about what it means to get older. Government programs and policies need to adapt to meet changing needs of this growing diverse population. What steps are being taken to update programs and policies to reflect these changes to ensure all Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to prosper in communities, achieve life-long health, and economic stability?

QUESTION 2:  Over 2.1 million residents in our state don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 3:  The majority of Pennsylvania residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. One way to ensure that they don’t have to move from their homes is to redirect spending away from more costly nursing home care and into home and community based services (HCBS).  How will you help expand Pennsylvania seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community?

QUESTION 4:  Telehealth helps older adults, people with disabilities, those with language access issues, and all Pennsylvanians access health and home and community care in new ways and makes it easier for family caregivers to care for their loved ones.  What would you do to help family caregivers and their loved ones have greater access to telehealth? 

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Kristi L. Noem (R) and Billie Sutton (D)

AARP asked candidates for South Dakota governor how they would protect elders from financial abuse, provide increased transportation options, ensure access to telehealth, shore up quality home care services and allow more South Dakotans to age at home.

QUESTION 1:  A recent nationwide study estimated financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse to be at least $2.9 billion.  How will you support strengthening laws to protect seniors from abuse and financial exploitation? Will you support legislation to strengthen Adult Protective Services, strengthen guardianship and power attorney laws, increase civil or criminal penalties against financial exploitation, and create multidisciplinary teams to fight elder financial exploitation?

QUESTION 2:  Transportation is a vital link that connects older adults and people of all ages to social activities, economic opportunity, and community services that support their independence. Many older adults need specialized transportation services to help get to and from physician’s offices. What would you do to expand mobility options for those who cannot or choose not to drive? What is your strategy to increase transportation options in our state, including in rural communities, and to assure those options are available and accessible for everyone?

QUESTION 3:  Telehealth helps older adults, people with disabilities, those with language access issues, and all [Stateians] access health and home and community care in new ways and makes it easier for family caregivers to care for their loved ones.  What would you do to help family caregivers and their loved ones have greater access to telehealth?

QUESTION 4:  The majority of (State) residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. One way to ensure that they don’t have to move from their homes is to redirect spending away from more costly nursing home care and into home and community based services (HCBS).  How will you help expand [State] seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community?

QUESTION 5:  Americans over 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population and research shows that most want to remain in their homes and communities as they age.  What steps would you take to encourage the construction and renovation of housing that allows for greater accessibility and independence, therefore enabling residents to remain in their homes as they age?

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VIDEO: 60 Seconds With Mary Throne (D) and Mark Gordon (R)

AARP asked candidates for Wyoming governor how they would help residents save for retirement, protect affordable phone service, provide quality senior services at home, promote telehealth and maintain essential services.

QUESTION 1:  93,000 residents in our state don’t have a way to save for retirement at work. Knowing that employees are 15 times more likely to save merely by having access to payroll deduction, what can you commit to do to reverse the trend of under saving for retirement, above and beyond education efforts?

QUESTION 2:  Affordable and reliable telephone service is a basic necessity, allowing older people to maintain social contact, preserve health and safety, and call for assistance in an emergency. The United States is undergoing a telecommunications technology transition that has, in some places, deregulated telephone service.  Phone customers expect telecommunications service providers, including wireless and broadband providers, to offer services that they can depend on, regardless of the technology used.  How will you assure that access to phone services are affordable and reliable as the industry evolves?

QUESTION 3:  The majority of (State) residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. One way to ensure that they don’t have to move from their homes is to redirect spending away from more costly nursing home care and into home and community based services (HCBS).  How will you help expand [State] seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community?

QUESTION 4:  Telehealth helps older adults, people with disabilities, those with language access issues, and all Wyomingites’ access health and home and community care in new ways and makes it easier for family caregivers to care for their loved ones.  What would you do to help family caregivers and their loved ones have greater access to telehealth?    

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