Elections

Q&A: James Woods, Blind, Atheist Congressional Candidate



It's not exactly common for a congressional candidate to openly embrace his lack of religious belief, but Democrat James Woods has done just that.

Sometimes Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is called the only atheist in Congress, and although she was sworn in on the Constitution instead of the Bible, she rejects being labeled as an atheist. Woods, who's looking to take on Republican Congressman Matt Salmon in CD-5, the district next to Sinema's, has no problem labeling his beliefs.

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Matthew Hendley
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