VCC voters guide available

With the Virginia General Assembly election Nov. 3, the Virginia Catholic Conference created a voters guide to help identify contested races and engage candidates on issues of concern to Catholics.

The guide consists of two parts. One side contains a Virginia map that highlights the 60 contested Senate and House races. The second side provides a summary of the seven key themes of Catholic social teaching and a list of suggested questions for candidates. The VCC uses these seven themes when developing positions on various legislative proposals.

State representatives enact laws that directly impact the unborn, those sentenced to death, families and children, workers, the poor and marginalized, and the environment. The questions for candidates relate to legislative items recently debated in the General Assembly and are provided to facilitate conversations between voters and candidates.

The guide includes a link to find candidates' email addresses to send questions. Voters are encouraged to use candidate responses to evaluate their positions on issues relevant to Catholic social teaching.

Before the election, the VCC also will distribute a letter from Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo that will provide Catholic principles to consider when voting.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015