The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) conducted a survey of candidates running for state and federal public offices in 2012. Click the following links to see the candidate survey results: federal survey results, statewide survey results, state representative results and state sentate results.
Each candidate was emailed a link to a survey with 10 statements and asked to mark whether they agreed with, disagreed with or had no position on the statement. Statement topics included: conscience rights in health care, death penalty, immigration and educational tax credits. The MCC included relevant Catholic teaching on each survey statement with the survey results online so that readers can see what the Catholic Church says about the issues.
An election resource kit is also available with practical tips and information about how to conduct candidate forums, how to register to vote and how churches and other nonprofit organizations can participate in elections, while obeying federal laws on what tax-exempt organizations can and cannot do.
“As Catholics, we have a moral obligation to participate in our American democracy. Don’t stand on the sidelines. Work this year to protect the sanctity and dignity of all human life, preserve our religious freedoms and uphold the common good of all, including the very poor and vulnerable,” said Mike Hoey, executive director of the MCC. “We are all in this together; help spread the light of Christ in this important election year.”
As the public policy agency for the Catholic Church in Missouri, the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) does not endorse or oppose, rank or rate candidates for public office. The MCC’s role is to provide unbiased voter education material to Catholics.