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Candidates on the issues: Jenny Graham and Tom McGarry

Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger
Do you support Washington Referendum 90, the sex education in public education measure? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} McGarry supports the referendum as long as the content of the education is age appropriate and parents have the ability to opt their children out.
Did you support Initiative 976, the car tab measure? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} McGarry did not support the car measure.
Do you support the statewide mask mandate? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} Yes, McGarry supports the mask mandate and believes wearing a mask is one of the simplest ways to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Do you believe Spokane County should still be in Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} McGarry believes Spokane County should be in whatever phase its local health leaders, including Spokane County Health Officer Dr. Bob Lutz, say it should be in.
Would you support raising taxes to cover the state’s budget shortfall? If not, can you name specific cuts you would make? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} McGarry believes the state should look to close tax loopholes and enforce clawback provisions for out-of-state corporations. If taxes are to be raised, it should not be on small businesses, he said. He did not name specific cuts to the budget, saying the state's budget situation may vary depending on the actions of the federal government.
Do you support a tax on carbon emissions? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} McGarry does not presently support a carbon tax, but believes that greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause of climate change. "We need to work toward a comprehensive reduction" of carbon dioxide emissions, he said.
Do you believe the state should create a decertification process for police officers? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} Yes, McGarry believes the city should create a new decertification process for police officers, but was uncertain what it might look like. He supports having a means of holding employees accountable.
Do you support a ban on the use of chokeholds by police officers? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} Yes. For McGarry to oppose a ban on chokeholds, he said "someone would have to show me that it's absolutely necessary" that the tactic be allowed.
Do you think funding for the North Spokane Corridor and other Connecting Washington projects should be preserved? Or should some of it be shifted to ensure WSDOT has sufficient money for maintenance and preservation? {'id': 5, 'title': 'Jenny Graham, Republican incumbent'} Jenny Graham declined to be interviewed. {'id': 6, 'title': 'Tom McGarry, Democratic challenger'} McGarry supports funding the North Spokane Corridor and believes funding infrastructure projects is beneficial to the local economy.