Classes at Lehigh will not be held on Nov. 8, which is Election Day. The Brown and White compiled a voting guide for the upcoming 2022 midterms. (Madeleine Moos/ B&W Staff)

2022 midterms: Where candidates stand on key issues


Many students on Lehigh’s campus have been approached in the past few weeks about registering to vote in Pennsylvania.

The last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania was Oct. 24. Now, Pennsylvanians, including Lehigh students, will focus on where, how and who to vote for.

If voting in person, students can check voting locations at After selecting the location, voters will find their voter registration by name and the form will ask for a county and zip code. Lehigh is in Northampton county with the zip code 18015. 

For those registered to vote in Pennsylvania, the bottom of the form lists “YOUR ELECTION DAY POLLING PLACE” with the assigned address for voting on Nov. 8. The location will be either the Banana Factory, Broughal Middle School or St. John’s Church.

For those deciding to send in a mail-in ballot, it is necessary to follow these essential steps:

  1. Request a mail-in ballot by Nov. 1.
  2. Carefully mark your ballot, completing the front and back of each page. Make sure the ballot is dated, otherwise it will not count.
  3. Seal your completed ballot in the inner secrecy envelope that indicates “official election ballot” and be sure not to make any marks on the inner secrecy envelope. Your ballot must be enclosed and sealed in the inner secrecy envelope to be counted.
  4. Seal the inner secrecy envelope in the pre-addressed outer return envelope.
  5. Complete the voter’s declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope, otherwise it will not count.
  6. Mail in your ballot before election day. If the ballot is not received by 8 p.m. on election day, it will not count.

In the upcoming election, voters will choose a new governor, senator, a Congressperson and members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. 

The Brown and White has compiled a guide of who will be on the ballot and their stances on key issues.

Pennsylvania US Senator:

John Fetterman (D)

Bodily autonomy

  • Will vote to “enshrine access to safe and legal abortion into federal law by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act”

Gun use regulation

  • Advocates for universal background checks, red flag laws and “more proactive measures” to eliminate illegal guns 
  • Worked closely with police to develop a community policy focused on reducing gun deaths and homicides as Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania


  • Emphasizes transitioning to clean energy by creating more jobs in the industry 
  • Has made conflicting statements regarding his stance on fracking. Most recently, in his Oct. 25 debate with Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, Fetterman said he has “always supported fracking.”

LGBTQIA+ rights: 

  • Will vote to pass the Equality Act, which would ensure civil rights laws protecting against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity 
  • Plans to support efforts against conversion therapy and strengthen anti-harrassment policies in schools


  • Wants to increase American manufacturing to fight inflation and lower costs
  • Wants to decrease “out of pocket” health care costs, put a cap on prescription drug costs and prosecute large corporations that drive up prices

Mehmet Oz (R):

Bodily autonomy: 

  • Is “100% pro life,” but supports exceptions in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is at risk  
  • In the Oct. 25 debate, Oz said the federal government should not be involved in the decision and “women, doctors and local political leaders” should be involved in abortion decisions 

Gun use regulation: 

  • Is a “firm believer in the Second Amendment and our constitutional right to bear arms for protection” 
  • Opposes anti-gun measures, such as red flag laws 


  • Oz has also made contradicting statements regarding fracking, but most recently has said he supports the practice in the state of Pennsylvania

LGBTQIA+ rights: 

  • Signed a letter indicating his support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify same-sex marriage at the federal level
  • Does not support transgender women playing women’s sports


  • Wants to focus on creating jobs domestically, rebuilding the supply chain and ending reliance on China for infrastructure 

Pennsylvania Governor:

Josh Shapiro (D): 

Bodily autonomy: 

  • Plans to veto any bill that would restrict abortion rights in the state and wants to expand access to reproductive care 
  • Released a statement after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, calling the Dobbs decision “shameful” and “(standing) firm in protecting a woman’s right to choose” 

Gun use regulation

  • Wants to continue cracking down on illegal gun trafficking and close the ghost gun loophole 


  • Wants to promote solar projects and increase access to renewable energy sources 
  • Emphasizes protecting jobs while simultaneously protecting the planet

LGBTQIA+ rights: 

  • Plans to expand Pennsylvania’s hate crime laws to cover LGBTQIA+ communities, invest in mental health resources for LGBTQIA+ youth and ban conversion therapy for minors


  • Has a three point plan to support Pennsylvanians with rising prices: 
    • Plans to issue gas tax refunds of $250 for every personal passenger registered in PA, up to four per household (or $1,000) 
    • Plans to eliminate the sales tax on cell phone service 
    • Intends to expand the property tax and rent rebate program, increasing the maximum rebate to $1,000, making the program available to 275,000 more eligible people

Doug Mastriano (R):

Bodily autonomy: 

Gun use regulation: 

  • Plans to make Pennsylvania a constitutional carry state 


  • Plans to pull Pennsylvania out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
  • Plans to invest in natural gas and coal industries and will lift Wolf’s current regulations, taxes and fees on these industries 

LGBTQIA+ rights: 

  • Plans to “place an immediate ban on biological males in girls’ locker rooms and restrooms” and ban “biological males from competing in girls’ sports”
  • Has previously voted on House Bill 508 to ban instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation in early elementary classrooms 


  • Plans to establish a “Property Tax Elimination Taskforce” to “find a way to get this burden off of hardworking Pennsylvania homeowners”
  • Wants to cut gas taxes and lower the corporate net income tax rate to attract business to the commonwealth

Pennsylvania US Representative District 7:

House of Representatives

Susan Wild (D):

Bodily autonomy: 

  • Voted for the Women’s Health Protection act in 2021, which sought to codify the right to abortion

Gun use regulation: 

  • Voted to pass H.R. 7910, the “Protecting Our Kids Act” that aims to raise the purchasing age for certain semi-automatic weapons to 21, crack down on gun trafficking and illegal guns, close the ghost gun loophole, strengthen safe storage requirements and outlaw high-capacity machine guns

Climate change:

  • Voted for the Inflation Reduction Act, a historic investment in clean energy that could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years 
  • Helped pass the Climate Action Now Act in the House, which sought to realign the United States with its Paris Accord agreements  
  • Intends to vote for protection for national resources, national parks and lands from offshore drilling 
  • Cosponsored the PFAS Action Act, which sought to enact federal limits on PFA discharge in water sources and establish a national drinking water standard 

LGBTQIA+ rights: 

  • Cosponsor of the Equality Act, which has been passed in the House 


  • Wants to create more domestic manufacturing jobs 
  • Sponsored the “Supply Chain Security and Resilience Act,” which sought to strengthen supply chains by establishing federal-level best practices for manufacturers  
  • Plans to increase access to trade schools and apprenticeship programs

Lisa Scheller (R):

Bodily autonomy: 

  • Supports regulations for abortions such as parental notifications for the parents of minors seeking abortions, a ban on late term abortions and prohibitions on taxpayer funding for abortions 

Gun use regulation: 

  • A “strong supporter” of the Second Amendment and “opposes efforts that would infringe on (the rights delineated by the amendment)”
  • Believes the issue is finding ways to keep violent criminals from having guns while not restricting law-abiding citizens from the same access


  • Believes the country is not ready to be reliant on renewables yet and is too reliant on other countries for energy 
  • Emphasized domestic energy production using solar, wind, natural gas and oil 

LGBTQIA+ rights: 

  • Said she would not be opposed to supporting a bill that (codifies) same-sex marriage and that “we should not be discriminating against anybody”


  • Pledged to cut taxes, reign in government spending and expand the economy  


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  1. Why did you leave out stances of candidates in public safety/crime, illegal immigration control & inflation which represent the major campaign issues in voter polls?

    Perhaps because the democrats are weak on all 3 items with no plan?

    • Interesting how he who controls the press controls the narrative. In a similar vein, are the issues noted the ones the students at LU really care about? If so they are quite naïve, and will be quite surprised when they enter the “real world”. I would suggest that the only issue that most care about is the economy. I do not think the LU students realize that the foolish policies that our government has implemented for the past several years (decades) have set the stage for low growth and instability. Methinks folks would be wise to look at the period 1979-1986 (good times). Pax

  2. I think it’s great that the author is looking at both candidates’ positions on various issues.

    Knowing where each candidate stands on the issues is vital to make an informed decision when voting.

    Raising the purchasing age for certain semi-automatic weapons is essential to 21.

    I think this would help to decrease the number of mass shootings that have been happening recently.

    I also think closing the ghost gun loophole and outlawing high-capacity machine guns are essential.

    These measures would help to make it more difficult for people with ill intentions to get their hands on guns.

    Climate change is a genuine and pressing issue that must be urgently addressed.

    I think it’s great that Lisa Scheller supports renewable energy, but we need to do more to increase our reliance on renewables.

    I think it’s vital that we invest in green infrastructure and move away from fossil fuels as much as possible.

    • Greetings and thanks for contributing to the thread. I do agree with you that an informed electorate is the best electorate. Unfortunately, for several years (decades) this has not been the case. Today we mostly have people spewing talking points crafted by assorted forms of indoctrination (on both sides of the political spectrum). One thing I might suggest is that when making a point (or in this case sharing an opinion) that you support your arguments with facts. Not to pick on you, but your opinions on “gun control” are not supported by the facts. Given the immaturity of most young people these days, I can agree that 21 is probably the best minimum age to secure a handgun. The belief that this will prevent mass shootings is not supported by the facts. Might I suggest you read “More guns, Less Crime”, by John R. Lott Jr.. A good read and fully documented/supported by FBI data sources. The same goes for “climate change”. Unfortunately, this issue has been hype-politicized and much of the information is bogus. Again, another good book to start with is “Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, Updated and Expanded Edition” by Fred Singer. Though a tad dated it still is a good place to start. The nice thing about the internet age is that we can reach out to authors directly and they often respond. I suggest that you and your classmates do the same. It is amazing what you can learn. Fred was an author that I often peppered with questions, and he was most engaging. Unfortunately, he died years ago but there are others to contact on the subject. Coming full circle, I recommend that you question everything and formulate/refine your own views that can be supported by facts – you’ll be most satisfied. Be well. Pax, NJCJR.

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