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Ella P. Ward

Ella Ward's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Ella P. Ward
Office: Council Member (Chesapeake, VA) - At-Large
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Herman; 1 Child: Torilus
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Ella Ward refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Facebook: Timeline. 24 May 2012. "Reforming Education, Invest in our Economy, Secure our Medicare, Protect Womens rights....RISP" (www.facebook.com)
  • Tracy Agnew. Suffolk News-Herald: Ward: More jobs needed. 9 June 2012. "Ella Ward is clear about the six major issues she will concern herself with if she gets elected to the House of Representatives " job creation, education, protecting Social Security and Medicare, protecting a strong national defense and helping veterans, promoting energy independence and defending women's ability to obtain an abortion. [¦] 'As for abortion, Ward said she believes the 'War on Women' is very dangerous. I do believe that it's a health care issue,' she said. 'We don't need to be dictated to about what we cannot or can do with our bodies.'" (www.suffolknewsherald.com)
  • Ella Ward. Letter from Ella Ward. 23 July 2012. "The election in November is crucial for our nation. We need to stop the gridlock in Congress that continues to protect the wealthy while allowing the middle class to sink into poverty. I will work in Congress to help accomplish the following goals: To bring jobs back to America by investing in our infrastructure To enhance our educational system and our training programs To support our active military and our veterans To protect Social Security and Medicare To protect the middle class To end the vicious attacks on women's rights To bring our troops home from Afghanistan" (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
  • Ella Ward. Issue Position: Protecting Women's Rights. 1 January 2012. "Long a supporter of women's rights, Ella Ward is a shining example of a successful, well-educated woman who is independent and at the same time mindful of family. Dr. Ward has been married to Herman Ward for 47 years; they have one son, Torilus, a retired Navy commander." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Preparing for November. 29 June 2012. "I will work n Congress to help accomplish the following goals [¦] To bring our troops home from Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Ella Ward. Letter from Ella Ward. "I want to work in Congress to bring jobs back to America by investing in infrastructure, to enhance our educational system and training programs, to protect Social Security and Medicare, and to bring our troops home from Afghanistan." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Letter from Ella Ward. 23 July 2012. "The election in November is crucial for our nation. We need to stop the gridlock in Congress that continues to protect the wealthy while allowing the middle class to sink into poverty. I will work n Congress to help accomplish the following goals: To bring jobs back to America by investing in our infrastructure To enhance our educational system and our training programs To support our active military and our veterans To protect Social Security and Medicare To protect the middle class To end the vicious attacks on women's rights To bring our troops home from Afghanistan" (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
  • Ella Ward. Preparing for November. 29 June 2012. "I will work n Congress to help accomplish the following goals...To support our active military and our veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • Ella Ward. Issue Position: National Defense and Veterans 1 January 2012. "Securing our national defense and providing for our veterans." (votesmart.org)
  • Ella Ward. Our Military and Veterans. 10 August 2012. "Dr. Ward is mindful of the sacrifices our military personnel make for our nation and fully supports programs which assist them." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Letter from Ella Ward. "I want to work in Congress to bring jobs back to America by investing in infrastructure, to enhance our educational system and training programs, to protect Social Security and Medicare, and to bring our troops home from Afghanistan." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
  • Ella Ward. Letter from Ella Ward. 23 July 2012. "The election in November is crucial for our nation. We need to stop the gridlock in Congress that continues to protect the wealthy while allowing the middle class to sink into poverty. I will work n Congress to help accomplish the following goals: To bring jobs back to America by investing in our infrastructure To enhance our educational system and our training programs To support our active military and our veterans To protect Social Security and Medicare To protect the middle class To end the vicious attacks on women's rights To bring our troops home from Afghanistan." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
  • Ella Ward. Facebook: Timeline. 24 May 2012. "Reforming Education, Invest in our Economy, Secure our Medicare, Protect Womens rights....RISP" (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Creating jobs and supporting businesses. More than 50 businesses located or expanded in 4th District. More than 6,000 jobs created or retained in 4th District despite economic recession. BPOL exemption ordinance passed that eliminates gross receipts tax for many new companies for the first two years that the companies are in business. One of the cities in the 4th District rated as sixth best managed city in the nation." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "Reforming the public education system to mirror or exceed the 4th District Public School System. 4th District Public Schools fully funded and fully accrediated. One of the cities in the 4th District Public Schools has the highest graduation rate in the region." (votesmart.org)
  • Ella Ward. Facebook: Timeline. 24 May 2012. "Reforming Education, Invest in our Economy, Secure our Medicare, Protect Womens rights....RISP" (www.facebook.com)
  • Ella Ward. Ella Ward Emphasizes Jobs & Education (They Go Together), Women's Rights, and Supporting our Military and Veterans. 5 August 2012. "Jobs and Education “ "They go together." Dr. Ward believes that supporting education and allowing educators to teach critical thinking skills, rather than cutting education funding and vilifying teachers, is an integral part of the strategy to bring jobs to America." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
  • Ella Ward. Letter from Ella Ward. "I want to work in Congress to bring jobs back to America by investing in infrastructure, to enhance our educational system and training programs, to protect Social Security and Medicare, and to bring our troops home from Afghanistan." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
  • Ella Ward. Facebook: Wall. 17 February 2012. "We can not allow budget cuts that will put our childrens education in jeopardy!" (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Energy independence. 10 August 2012. "Realizing that we must develop more prudent methods of creating energy to avert a future crisis, Dr. Ward supports efforts to further develop alternative energy sources and discover new ways to fuel our nation." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. 2012 Will Be Ours!. 17 June 2012. "We must fight against those who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act which ensures that preventive services like mammograms and vaccines are covered, and that children cannot be denied insurance for pre-existing conditions." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
  • Ella Ward. Ella Ward Emphasizes Jobs & Education (They Go Together), Women's Rights, and Supporting our Military and Veterans. 5 August 2012. "Dr. Ella Ward spoke in a crowded restaurant at her pancake breakfast fundraiser this past Saturday, emphasizing three reasons why "You need to pick Ella Ward for Congress...Women's Rights... Protecting Military and Veterans...A common aspect of the second and third items is the Affordable Care Act, which covers vital services for women and enhances coverage of our nations veterans, while maintaining the coverage that veterans have now." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ella Ward. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 1 January 2012. "Protecting Social security and Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • Tracy Agnew. Suffolk News-Herald: Ward: More jobs needed. 9 June 2012. "As for Social Security and Medicare, Ward says,'We need to keep them both solvent. I don't think we should privatize those." (www.suffolknewsherald.com)
  • Ella Ward. Letter from Ella Ward. "I want to work in Congress to bring jobs back to America by investing in infrastructure, to enhance our educational system and training programs, to protect Social Security and Medicare, and to bring our troops home from Afghanistan." (www.ellawardforcongress.com)

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