U.S. Rep., Dist. 15
11-06-18 General Election
 

Kristen Carlson (D)

 

Ross Spano (R)

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Kristen Carlson (D)
Ross Spano (R)

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  Endorsements
0 Conserv.    1 Liberal    0 Other

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  • (None)
3 Conserv.    0 Liberal    0 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • US Senator Marco Rubio
  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
  • Florida State Representative Sam Killibrew
  • Florida State Representative Jake Raburn
  • Polk County Commissioner George Lindsey
  • Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbothom
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  Stands on Issues

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Carlson:   Strongly Disagree
Spano:   Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Carlson:   Strongly Agree
Spano:   Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Abortion should be permitted only when necessary to save the life of the mother.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   The United States should fully commit its military and intelligence gathering resources to track down and eliminate radical Islamic terrorists around the world. It should also take all necessary economic steps to isolate any groups or countries that offer support or protection to radical Islamic terrorists, including sanctions and/or the withdrawal of foreign aide.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   The Founders understood that man's nature is evil and that power corrupts. They believed that defining, separating and limiting the various branches of government would hold each branch in check against the other, and thus prevent tyranny.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he came to earth in the form of a man, lived a sinless life, and offered himself as a sacrifice on the cross for the sins of all mankind, so that man could be made right with God. If any man believes and acknowledges this, and asks for God's forgiveness, he will be reconciled with God. I made the decision to accept and follow Christ when I was fourteen years old. Since that time, I have attempted to live my life according the leading of the Holy Spirit and the teachings contained in the Bible. God is at the center of my life; I endeavor to please Him and be obedient to Him each day.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Please go to the following links: www.rossspano.com www.flchamber.com/florida-chamber-is-proud-to-endorse-ross-spano votesmart.org/candidate/142164/ross-spano#.W0S_eNJKhPY

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   Permit business associations to offer health insurance to their members; allow primary care doctors to offer direct nsurance arrangements with their patients to provide them with primary care; allow insurers to provide coverage across state lines; promote or require transparency in medical costs to patients prior to treatment.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   The government's responsibility is to create a low tax, low regulation environment in which entrepreneurs are willing to risk, build, and create jobs. The government also has the responsibility to enforce legal contracts, provide for public safety, and build necessary infrastructure that supports the economic sector.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   I believe in a fair, flat, consumption tax. The more you consume, the more you pay. Corporate taxes should also be reduced to encourage companies to bring back cash and reserves from abroad and invest it in the USA.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   The best way to bring down unemployment is to lower taxes and reduce regulation. As a result, businesses will thrive, grow, and create jobs.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   The best way to guarantee benefits for future generations is to balance the federal budget, reign in runaway spending and bloated government, and ultimately pay off the national debt. I would not reduce benefits for those at or near retirement. Our promises to Social Security payees should be kept. I do think we should offer younger Social Security payees the opportunity to participate in a self directed, defined contribution retirement plan.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   I've been a practicing attorney (in the area of estate planning and probate) for 20 years, with a law degree and an undergraduate degree. I've owned my own small business for 14 years and created numerous jobs. I've served in the Florida House of Representatives for 6 years, fighting for the victims of human trafficking, protecting small businesses, and passing a fiscally sound, balanced state budget all 6 years.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

Carlson:   (Did not answer)
Spano:   info@rossspano.com (813) 244-7758

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Carlson:  
Spano:  
  Background
Kristen Carlson (D)
Ross Spano (R)

Education

  • (None listed.)

Education

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, J.D., 1998
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, B.A., 1994

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

Vocational & Military Experience

  • Spano & Woody, P.A., Owner and Attorney, 2014-present
  • Christmas, Spano & Owen, P.A., Owner and Attorney, 2006-2014
  • Christmas & Associates, P.A., Associate Attorney and Partner, 2003-2006
  • Dickerson Law Firm, P.A., Associate Attorney, 2000-2003

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • (None listed.)

Affiliations (Charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations affiliated with as a leader, member, contributor, or volunteer)

  • Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Member
  • Brandon Foundation, Board Member
  • Lowry Park Zoo, Advisory Board Member
  • Florida Farm Bureau, Member
  • Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Member/Past Board Member
  • Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Member/Past Board Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, Florida Middle District

Political Offices Held

  • (None listed.)

Political Offices Held

  • State Representative, 2012-present

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)