Kathy Hoffman (D) – 2018 Candidate Survey Responses

Candidate: Kathy Hoffman

Party: Democrat

Seat Sought: AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction

In the 2018 secular candidate survey, candidates we asked to measure their support for each of the following statements on a scale of 1-10; 1 meaning “Strongly Disagree” and 10 meaning “Strongly Agree”.

Below are the candidate’s responses exactly as written by the candidate. (No corrections were made for spelling or punctuation.)

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Responses

1) Public tax dollars should not be used to fund private religious education, either directly through tax credit scholarships or indirectly through Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.

Response: 9

Comments:

Voucher-like programs such as Empowerment Scholarship Accounts should not be expanded. I do not support using public money to fund private, religious endeavors.

2) Government should not endorse or legitimize religious medical practice including faith-based healing, religious vaccination exemptions, or by allowing physical abuse of children for religious reasons.

Response: 10

Comments:

In order to protect the freedom of religious expression, I believe the government should not endorse any particular religious ideology or practice.

3) Terminally ill, mentally capable persons with a prognosis of 6 months or less to live should have the right to obtain a prescription for that brings about a peaceful death.

Response: 8

Comments:

End of life care can be a difficult time for patients and their families. We should respect the wishes of those patients to make their passing as comfortable as possible.

4) Public schools should not teach “creationism” or “intelligent design” as viable alternatives to scientific theories on the origin of life.

Response: 10 – Strongly Agree

I do not support the teaching of creationism or intelligent design as an alternative to researched and evidence based theories on the origins of life. I strongly believe in the separation of church and state, and our public schools should reflect that separation.

5) Religious institutions should not be exempt from the requirements and restrictions of tax policy that is imposed on all non-profit and charitable organizations.

Response: 8

Comments:

(none)

6) If a government meeting is opened with a prayer, it should be open and inclusive for representatives of all religious beliefs, including unpopular minority religions and people with no official beliefs or creed.

Response: 10- Strongly Agree

Comments:

Our country was founded on a principle of the freedom of religious expression. That freedom of expression should be extended to all religions including minority religious expressions and those who do not identify with a religion.

7) A statewide non-discrimination law is needed to protect all Arizonans from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Response: 10- Strongly Agree

Comments:

Arizonans should have the freedom to live their life without the fear of discrimination or harassment regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

8) A woman has a right to know if her health provider will refuse certain services, treatments, prescriptions, or withhold scientific information and options based on the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

Response: 10- Strongly Agree

Comments:

As clients, women should know what to expect from their medical providers and the type of comprehensive services they provide.

9) Comprehensive and age-appropriate sex education is a matter of public health and should be offered in public schools with parents having the right to opt-out.

Response: 9

I support comprehensive sex education that promotes healthy sexual behaviors among adolescents, and I fully support a parent’s right to opt-out of those courses.

10) Public employees deserve a workplace free from religious proselytizing and pressure by agency heads or other persons in authority.

Response: 10- Strongly Agree

Comments:

Our public institutions should be free from incursions of any religion or any pressure to subscribe to a certain religious belief.

11) No one’s right to government services or public accommodations should ever depend on passing the scrutiny of someone else’s religious belief.

Response: 10- Strongly Agree

Comments:

Public services and public accommodations should not be reserved for people who ascribe to certain religious beliefs. Those services should continue to be widely available to those who need them.

12) “God Enriches” is neither the accurate historical usage of “Ditat Deus” nor our official state motto.

Response: 9

Comments:

(None)

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