Sherwood McMcGinnis

Party: Democrat

Office: PA House ( District: 199 )

Sherwood McGinnis is running as a Democrat to become the Representative in the General Assembly for the 199th District, a seat currently held by Stephen Bloom. Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Army War College and at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Sherwood served in the U.S. Department of State’s Senior Foreign Service with extensive experience in the politcal, security, economic development and governance fields. His assignments included Afghanistan (as Political Advisor to the Commander of U.S and NATO forces), Mexico, the Middle East and at NATO and the Conference of Disarmament as a negotiator and spokesperson for U.S. policies.
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How the candidate answered on the issues

State and National

Do you support net neutrality?

Candidate did not answer this question.

State and National

Should the minimum wage be raised?

Candidate did not answer this question.

State and National

What is your view on Climate Change?

Additional Comments: There are natural reasons leading to climate change - however, human actions also affect the climate and should addressed by society in order to mitigate damage to the environment.
State and National

Regarding gun laws, what generally do you support from the choices below?

Additional Comments: I do not wish to prohibit citizens from owning a weapon; however, there are certain types of weapons that are designed to kill other human beings. These types of weapons need to be restricted and strong background checks on the purchase of weapons need to be maintained or strengthened.
State and National

How should marijuana be regulated?

Additional Comments: I believe further research is needed on the long term effects of using marijuana. Regulations are needed, more along the lines of the use of alcohol. The evidence must be conclusive.
State and National

Should the drawing of district lines be done by an independent system instead of state legislators?

Additional Comments: I would support an independent panel - using computers where they can be of assistance.
State

Were you (or would you have been) in support of the 2016 legislation regulating opioids in Pennsylvania (Act 122, Act 124, Act 125, Act 126)?

Additional Comments: Physicians have a responsibility to only prescribe the minimum of what is needed to address a medical question. If the prescription is completely expended then the patient should see his/her physician again before receiving a new prescription. I realize that both patients and physicians have busy schedules, but the possible consequences outway the extra effort required.
State and National

From the choices below, what best represents your view on the wages men and women are paid?

Additional Comments: The private sector has had decades in which to address the inequality of compensation between men and women. This is not a matter of the market, rather it is societal/cultural issue which requires action.
State

Regarding Pennsylvania pensions, were you (or would you have been) in favor of the 2017 Senate Bill 1 that introduces a 401K-style component into pension benefits for new hires after 2019?

Additional Comments: The pension system needs reform - including a 401K option along with a basic element such as Social Security should be considered.
State

From the choices below, what best represents your view on property taxes?

Additional Comments: Adjust property taxes to ensure that such taxes do not lead to loss of residence (e.g., limit tax to a certain percentage of a fixed income).
State and National

From the choices below, what best represents your view on abortion?

Additional Comments: I personally would not ask my partner to have an abortion. I believe in the sanctity of life, but I also realize that a woman must be able to choose in an aspect of her life that will be markedly life changing for her.
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