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Your Help is Needed on Disability Campaign Questionnaire!

With just 39 days until Election Day, we need your help. RespectAbility is calling on all candidates for governor or Senate to complete the #PwDsVote Senate & Gubernatorial Disability Questionnaire. “PwDs” stands for “people with disabilities.” So far, Hillary Clinton and 30 candidates for Senate or Governor from both parties have done so.

Now we’re calling on you to help to encourage the remainder. A number of candidates, including Mr. Trump, have yet to fill out a nonpartisan candidate questionnaire on issues vital to America’s 56 million citizens with disabilities!

The down-ballot responses received so far are from candidates on both sides of the aisle – with 18 from Democrats and 12 from Republicans, demonstrating how disability rights is a nonpartisan issue.

Can I count on you to call and/or tweet the remaining candidates and ask that they respond to the questionnaire?

Tell them why it’s important to you! You can find a lot more information about the questionnaire in the release we first sent out earlier this month.

This is the first time down-ballot candidates have been asked to complete a questionnaire about disability-related issues on such a wide scale. The answers to these questionnaires are being posted on The RespectAbility Report and will be used for individualized state voter guides.

This linked Excel list (shown below with some information as well) includes candidates’ email addresses, phone numbers, appropriate contact person (where we could identify) and Twitter handles. When a candidate responds, the spreadsheet is updated in real-time to include a link to their responses that have been posted on The RespectAbility Report.

Sample Tweets (replace @ with the candidate’s Twitter handle):

  • @ Please fill out @Respect_Ability’s #PwDsVote disability questionnaire: We’re 20% of country!
  • @ Don’t ignore 1-in-5 Americans! Fill out @Respect_Ability’s #PwDsVote disability questionnaire:

Non-Twitter Options

Email and call the candidates’ HQ or email their campaign office. Please find a table of contact information below, which is accurate as of Thursday, September 29. The linked Excel document includes phone numbers and will be updated in real-time as candidates submit more responses or new contact information is shared.

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30 Senate and gubernatorial candidates have responded to the #PwDsVote Senate & Gubernatorial Disability Questionnaire so far! Help RespectAbility encourage all candidates to respond so we can learn more about their their views on issues for people with disabilities. (link to post:

* Please tag RespectAbility when you post to Facebook

Questions? Email Lauren Appelbaum:


Absentee and early voting starts soon. Be sure you are registered to vote and encourage others to do the same!

All the best,
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
President, RespectAbility

Governor Races

(As of September 29, 2016 – will be updated throughout season)


State  Name Email Address Twitter Handle Response
Delaware – R Colin Bonini @colinbonini
Delaware – D John Carney @john_carney
Indiana – D John Gregg @GreggForGov
Indiana – R Eric Holcomb @HolcombForIN
Missouri – R Eric Greitens @EricGreitens
Missouri – D Chris Koster @Koster4Missouri
Montana – D Steve Bullock @BullockForMT
Montana – R Greg Gianforte @GregForMontana
New Hampshire – D (lost primary) Derek Dextraze @derekdeztraze
New Hampshire – R Chris Sununu @ChrisSununu
New Hampshire – D Colin Van Ostern @ColinVanOstern
North Carolina – D Roy Cooper @roycoopernc
North Carolina – R Pat McCrory @PatMcCroryNC
North Dakota – R Doug Burgum @DougForDakota DECLINED TO RESPOND
North Dakota – D Marvin Nelson @nelsonfornd
Oregon – D Kate Brown @KateBrownForOR
Oregon – R Bud Pierce @BudPierce4Gov
Utah – R Gary Herbert @HerbertForUtah
Utah – D Mike Weinholtz @mikeforutah
Vermont – D Sue Minter @SueMinterVT
Vermont – R Phil Scott @philscott4vt
Washington – R Bill Bryant @BillBryantWA
Washington – D Jay Inslee @JayInslee
West Virginia – R Bill Cole @BillColeWV
West Virginia – D Jim Justice @justiceforwv  


Senate Races

(Candidates as of September 29, 2016 – will be updated throughout season)



State Name Email Address Twitter Handle Response
Alabama – R Richard Shelby @SenShelby
Alabama – D Ron Crumpton @Crumpton_US_Sen
Alaska – R Lisa Murkowski @lisamurkowski
Alaska – D Ray Metcalfe @Ray4AKSenate
Arizona – R John McCain @TeamMcCain
Arizona – D Ann Kirkpatrick @ann_kirkpatrick
Arkansas – R John Boozman @boozman4AR
Arkansas – D Conner Eldridge @connerforar
California – D Kamala Harris @KamalaHarris
California – D Loretta Sanchez @Loretta2016
Colorado – D Michael Bennet @BennetForCO
Colorado – R Darryl Glenn @darrylglenn2016 DECLINED TO RESPOND
Connecticut – D Richard Blumenthal @SenBlumenthal
Connecticut – R Dan Carter @dancarterct DECLINED TO RESPOND
Florida – D Patrick Murphy @PatrickMurphyFL
Florida – R Marco Rubio @marcorubio
Florida – R (lost primary) Dwight Young @dy4senate2016
Georgia – R Johnny Isakson  @JohnnyIsakson
Georgia – D Jim Barksdale @jimbarksdale
Hawaii – D Brian Schatz @brianschatz
Hawaii – R John Caroll @carroll4senate
Idaho – R Mike Crapo @crapo4senate
Idaho – D Jerry Sturgill @sturgill4idaho
Illinois – D Tammy Duckworth @tammyforIL
Illinois – R Mark Kirk @markkirk
Indiana – D Evan Bayh @EvanBayh DECLINED TO RESPOND
Indiana – R Todd Young @ToddYoungIN DECLINED TO RESPOND
Iowa – R Chuck Grassley @ChuckGrassley
Iowa – D Patty Judge @pattyforiowa
Kansas – R Jerry Moran @moranforkansas
Kansas – D Patrick Wiesner @wiesner4senate
Kentucky – R Rand Paul @RandPaul2016
Kentucky – D Jim Gray @grayforKentucky
Louisiana – R Charles Boustany @cboustanyjr DECLINED TO RESPOND
Louisiana – D Foster Campbell @campbellforLa
Louisiana – R Joseph Cao
Louisiana – D Caroline Fayard @FayardforSenate
Louisiana – R John Fleming @FlemingforLA
Louisiana – R John Kennedy @JohnKennedyLA
Louisiana – R Rob Maness @RobManess DECLINED TO RESPOND
Louisiana – R Abhay Patel @patelforLA
Louisiana – D Josh Pellerin
Maryland – R Kathy Szeliga @KathyforMD
Maryland – D Chris Van Hollen @VanHollenForMD
Missouri – R Roy Blunt @RoyBluntMO
Missouri – D Jason Kander @JasonKander
Nevada – R Joe Heck @heck4nevada
Nevada – D Catherine Masto @catherinefornv
New Hampshire – R Kelly Ayotte @KellyAyotte
New Hampshire – D Maggie Hassan @Maggie_Hassan
New York – D Chuck Schumer @chuckschumer
New York – R Wendy Long @wendylongny
North Carolina – R Richard Burr @burrforsenate
North Carolina – D Deborah Ross @deborahrossnc
North Dakota – R John Hoeven @hoeven4senate DECLINED TO RESPOND
North Dakota – D Eliot Glassheim @eliot4nd
Ohio – R Rob Portman @robportman
Ohio – D Ted Strickland @Ted_Strickland
Oklahoma – R James Lankford @jameslankford
Oklahoma – D Mike Workman @workmanistan
Oregon – D Ron Wyden @wydenfororegon
Oregon – R Mark Callahan @callahan4oregon
Pennsylvania – D Katie McGinty @KatieMcGintyPA
Pennsylvania – R Pat Toomey @PatToomey
South Carolina – R Tim Scott @votetimscott
South Carolina – D Thomas Dixon @dixonforsenate
South Dakota – R John Thune @johnthune
South Dakota – D Jay Williams @jay4senate
Utah – R Mike Lee @MikeLeeforUtah
Utah – D Misty Snow @mistyksnow
Vermont – D Patrick Leahy @patrickleahy
Vermont – R Scott Milne @milneforvt
Washington – D Patty Murray @MurrayCampaign
Washington – R Chris Vance @chrisvance123
Wisconsin – D Russ Feingold @russfeingold
Wisconsin – R Ron Johnson @ronjohnsonwi


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