And we’re back with Broad + Liberty’s Candidate Spotlight Series! Each week, we reach out to candidates all across the Commonwealth up for election to public office — an equal number of Democrats and Republicans; incumbents and challengers. We ask one question per week about public policy pressing to you. Those who choose to respond will have their answers shared on our website every Wednesday through Sunday. (Please see a special statement on unresponsive candidates here.)

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s nominees for Governor and Lieutenant Governor discussed the future of women’s sports in our state. Today, nominees for U.S. Congress weigh in.

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This week’s question: The International Swimming Federation (FINA) recently voted to enact a new policy that will restrict most transgender athletes from competing in elite women’s aquatics competitions. Do you think that decision is a model for other women’s sports in Pennsylvania?

Broad + Liberty thanks the following campaigns for their participation. Click a link below to jump to the response from your district’s candidate!

Christian Nascimento (R), Running for U.S. Congress, District 4

Many people worked hard to pass Title IX, and ensure fairness in women’s sports. We should not do anything that would jeopardize that.

Christian Nascimento’s opponent, Madeleine Dean, did not respond.

David Galluch (R), Running for U.S. Congress, District 5

In the majority of cases, biological males hold significant physical advantages in terms of strength, size, and speed over biological females. It is incredibly unfair to women who have worked tirelessly at their sport to compete against a biological male competitor who holds an inherent advantage. Furthermore, while more needs to be done, we have made significant advancements and progress towards achieving equal opportunities in women’s sports over the last 50 years. As tennis legend Martina Navratilova stated when discussing biological males playing with females, “It’s just not fair.”

David Galluch’s opponent, Mary Gay Scanlon, chose not to respond.

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One thought on “Congressional Candidate Spotlight: Women’s Sports”

  1. Fair responses from the two Republicans – nothing from their Democrat opponents. It would be interesting to see what those two ladies actual thought about the topic.

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