House District 69

State House District 69 - Florissant, Hazelwood


Gretchen Bangert
Democrat

  • Incumbent, elected in 2016
  • Former Director of Education for Junior Achievement of GSTL, Assistant Auditor for STL County Gov't

1. Do you believe America is becoming more hostile towards American-Muslims and immigrants?

No answer

2. Should private schools enforce policy preventing certain religious attire, i.e. hijabs, yamakas, headscarves, etc.?

No answer

3. Do you believe that law enforcement and public employees should receive sensitivity training, including training regarding race, gender and religious preference?

No answer

4. Upon request, should public school systems grant space on-campus for K-12 students of any faith for private prayer?

No answer

5. One of the best ways to gain familiarity with the local Muslim community is by attending public dinners during the month of Ramadan. Will you commit to attending one of these dinners in or near your district?

No answer

6. Did you support the Trump administration’s current version of the Travel Ban?

No answer

7. Should employers be able to restrict religious attire or religious practice within the workplace?

No answer

8. As an Elected Official, will you commit to denouncing anti-Muslim hate speech and hate-crimes when and if they occur in Missouri?

Yes

9. Do you believe Muslim refugees pose a security threat to the United States?

No answer

 


Adam Jenning
Republican

  • Real estate broker

1. Do you believe America is becoming more hostile towards American-Muslims and immigrants?

In my personal experience it is becoming less so than it was in the last decade, but there is still plenty of progress needed.

2. Should private schools enforce policy preventing certain religious attire, i.e. hijabs, yamakas, headscarves, etc.?

I don't personally support such prohibitions and would absolutely oppose them in public schools, but I am cautious when it comes to government telling private entities what policies they must and mustn't set.

3. Do you believe that law enforcement and public employees should receive sensitivity training, including training regarding race, gender and religious preference?

I believe any public employee who demonstrates bigotry is unqualified for their work and should simply be fired. However I don't oppose efforts to educate public employees to help with language barriers and cultural differences being made on the local level to help public employees effectively serve their communities.

4. Upon request, should public school systems grant space on-campus for K-12 students of any faith for private prayer?

Yes. I believe that while public schools have no place or authority in requiring what amounts to religious practices, they also have no role in prohibiting or preventing the religious practices of their students.

5. One of the best ways to gain familiarity with the local Muslim community is by attending public dinners during the month of Ramadan. Will you commit to attending one of these dinners in or near your district?

If invited it would be my privilege to attend.

6. Did you support the Trump administration’s current version of the Travel Ban?

I oppose it in execution. I believe the President does have such authority under the Constitution and the countries named in the ban during the Obama administration were chosen properly as a matter of procedure. I don't think the ban is unconstitutional, but that doesn't mean I think it's a good idea. I do not believe any travel ban which immediately blacklists all citizens of a particular country from entry to the US is a good policy. The overwhelming majority of people from any country, ethnic background or religion which wish to come to the US do so with peaceful intent, and especially for those fleeing from violence and oppression such a policy keeps too many people potentially in harm's way.

7. Should employers be able to restrict religious attire or religious practice within the workplace?

While I personally oppose policies which would restrict such attire and practices, I am cautious in government telling private entities what policies they must or mustn't adopt.

8. As an Elected Official, will you commit to denouncing anti-Muslim hate speech and hate-crimes when and if they occur in Missouri?

As an elected official I will strongly condemn any broad, discriminatory statements made or crimes against the Muslim community. I have known, called friends, worked with and lived among many Muslim Americans in my lifetime, and I have found them to reflect a work ethic and family-centered moral lifestyle I wish was more common in America. As a Catholic I condemn the acts of child abuse that have been exposed in connection with the Catholic Church, but broadly associating Catholics as conspirators to child abuse is a misguided stereotype I consider highly offensive. Likewise, associating Islam with terrorism, violence or any negative attributes runs contrary to your religion of peace and high morality. The Muslim community can count on a friend and ally in me as a State Representative.

9. Do you believe Muslim refugees pose a security threat to the United States?

I believe the inability to thoroughly vet certain refugees poses a problem, and I acknowledge it is possible terrorist elements could exploit this inability. But it is short-sighted to deny refugees fleeing the same violence America as a whole condemns, and it is immoral to turn our backs to their plight given the impact of misguided American foreign policy in the Middle East both prior to and along with the War on Terror. We should accept the refugees we can vet, we should work to verify the refugees we currently struggle to and, although the issue does not fall within the authority of a State Representative, I believe American foreign policy in the Middle East should be strictly dedicated to eliminating terror threats and not amount to the global policing it has for decades.