Rating Group: Secular Coalition for America

2013 Special State Primary Massachusetts 5th Congressional District

Issues: Religion
State Office Name Party Rating
Frank Addivinola, Jr. F
Thomas Tierney B
MA State Senate-Second Suffolk and Middlesex William Brownsberger D A
MA U.S. House-5 Katherine Clark D A
Carl Sciortino, Jr. A
MA State Senate-Second Middlesex and Norfolk Karen Spilka D A

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