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Candidates on the issues: Spokane Valley state House candidates

What are your thoughts on Washington's current abortion regulations (up to 24 weeks gestation)?

  • MJ Bolt, Republican

    Does not support them and believes that life begins at conception. Exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother should be considered.

  • Ted Cummings, Democrat

    Supports them and believes it is a woman's right to choose.

  • Suzanne Schmidt, Republican

    Does not support them. Believes there should be exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother, but that other options, such as counseling should be considered.

Should there be a ban on large capacity magazines for guns, as passed by the Legislature last year?

  • MJ Bolt, Republican

    No.

  • Ted Cummings, Democrat

    Yes.

  • Suzanne Schmidt, Republican

    Said in an interview in June that she was undecided but that there should be some sort of ban on capacity. Said in July that she is opposed to large capacity gun magazine ban.

Do you support Washington's police reform laws passed in the last two years? (If not, what would you like to see changed?)

  • MJ Bolt, Republican

    No. Specifically, believes the vehicle pursuit bill should be repealed.

  • Ted Cummings, Democrat

    Undecided. Believes there should be reforms but that there is still more work to do.

  • Suzanne Schmidt, Republican

    No.

Do you think the governor's emergency powers should be reformed?

  • MJ Bolt, Republican

    Yes, believes that states of emergency should be limited to 30 days.

  • Ted Cummings, Democrat

    No.

  • Suzanne Schmidt, Republican

    Yes, believes they should be reformed and limited.

Do you believe climate change is a key factor in the devastating wildfires across the west in recent years?

  • MJ Bolt, Republican

    Undecided.

  • Ted Cummings, Democrat

    Yes.

  • Suzanne Schmidt, Republican

    Believes it is part of the reason but says that lack of forest management also contributed the fires.

Do you support Washington's new cap-and-trade program and low carbon fuel standard, both set to go into effect next year?

  • MJ Bolt, Republican

    No, thinks that they go too far.

  • Ted Cummings, Democrat

    Undecided. Believes there is still more work to do on those policies.

  • Suzanne Schmidt, Republican

    No.

Do you support a capital gains tax?

  • MJ Bolt, Republican

    No.

  • Ted Cummings, Democrat

    Yes.

  • Suzanne Schmidt, Republican

    No.