Cindy Grosz spoke to the Forward by phone; what she shared with us has been edited for clarity.
When voting in the 2018 midterm elections, it’s important to look at the voting records of people who have been in office at the local, state and federal level.
I support candidates who are concerned about Jewish and middle class American issues. During these past two years, the middle class, especially in the blue states, have benefitted from President Trump’s economic policies. Those in blue states should pay careful attention to economic issues and especially avoid anyone who wants to raise taxes on the middle class.
When trying to figure out whether or not a candidate is anti-Semitic, ask yourself: Are they supported by people who call for boycotts against Israel? We should all avoid voting for candidates who sponsor, stand by, take money or get endorsements from people who are anti-Israel or support terrorist organizations. Information on these issues isn’t hard to find.
Jewish people support legal immigration and have a national feeling of pride for America that we were taught by previous generations. We have to work with every potential immigrant in a legal way, the same way our ancestors came here.
When you’re voting for a candidate, consider: Are these people standing with us on American Jewish issues, such as building our economy and our national security?
Many Jews are not really educated on local and state elections, and even not on their federal elections. And that is a problem that all of us, regardless of religious affiliation, must fix.
We must rebuild Jewish political power as a voice to be heard.