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Michael Wear

Michael Wear is chief strategist for the AND Campaign, a Christian organization aimed at building a healthier political culture. He is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America.  Wear served as faith outreach director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

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Sarah M. Levin

Sarah M. Levin is the director of grassroots and community programs for the Secular Coalition for America. She is one of the coordinators of a national effort to form a voting bloc of religious “nones.”

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Nick Fish

Nick Fish is president of American Atheists, an organization that advocates on behalf of nonreligious Americans in the public square.

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Ryan Claassen

Ryan Claassen is a professor of political science at Kent State University. He is the author of Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture and the “God Gap.”

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Matthew Schweich

Matthew Schweich is the deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project. This organization is working to change marijuana laws across the country by lobbying legislators and coordinating state campaigns. In 2018, Schweich worked on the Utah ballot initiative.

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Hannah Hetzer

Hannah Hetzer serves as the Drug Policy Alliance’s senior international policy manager. She worked on the campaign that led to marijuana legalization in Uruguay and continues to research related policies around the world.

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Elizabeth Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman is an assistant professor of American politics at American University in Washington, D.C. She recently wrote an analysis of John McCain’s legacy, exploring his views on the relationship between religion and politics, for The Conversation.

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Charlie Black

Charlie Black was an instrumental part of John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, serving as senior political adviser and meeting with evangelical Christian leaders on McCain’s behalf. He is now chairman of Prime Policy Group, a public affairs firm.

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Gary Bauer

Gary Bauer is president of American Values, a conservative advocacy organization, and a commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He ran against John McCain during the 2000 presidential campaign but later helped him smooth tensions with evangelical Christian voters.

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