State Senator, Dist. 12
11-06-18 General Election
 

Dennis Baxley (R)

 

Gary McKechnie (D)

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Dennis Baxley (R)
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  Endorsements
3 Conserv.    0 Liberal    6 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • Florida Right to Life
  • Christian Family Coaliton
  • Florida Family Policy Council
0 Conserv.    6 Liberal    0 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
  • Florida NOW
  • Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida
  • Planned Parenthood of Florida
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee
  • Florida Educators Association
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  Stands on Issues

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

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Disagree

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.

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Strongly Disagree

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.

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Neutral

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.

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Strongly Disagree

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

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Agree

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

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Strongly Agree

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

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Neutral

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Strongly Agree

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

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Agree

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

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Neutral

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Neutral

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

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Strongly Disagree

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

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Neutral

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Baxley:   Agree
McKechnie:   Neutral

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Disagree

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

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Neutral

I support sanctuary cities.

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Agree

I support the death penalty.

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Neutral

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Baxley:   Strongly Disagree
McKechnie:   Neutral

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

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Baxley:   Strongly Agree
McKechnie:   Neutral

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Baxley:   2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
McKechnie:   2010 General Election, 2010 Democratic Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Democratic Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Democratic Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Democratic Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Baxley:   Human life begins at conception, ends with natural death and should be legally protected at every stage.
McKechnie:   That's up to the woman who's facing this very personal issue.

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

Baxley:   Sinful nature of man.
McKechnie:   Centuries of human progress. They could look at the Magna Carta as well as works by Blackstone and Locke, consider religious persecution, see warnings in eras of greed and cruelty and promise in times of progress and enlightenment and create what, for that time and this, is an ingenious framework for self-government. By providing citizens with "certain inalienable rights" they trusted the people to create and sustain a government that would remain in balance for the common good.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Baxley:   I'm a born again Christian, with a biblical worldview.
McKechnie:   Every day I thank God for my blessings because I've been given so much. In my life and in this, my first campaign, I practice the Golden Rule which has been the basis of most major religions for thousands of years. It allows me to share my answers with you that, while not replies you would agree with, affirm our common bond as people who share similar goals and values as well as the opportunity to learn from one another's perspective.

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?

Baxley:   Very Conservative
McKechnie:   Moderate

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

Baxley:   Voting record in Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate.
McKechnie:   Google my name and you'll find articles I've written, books I've written, videos I've appeared in, and talks that I've given in which I affirm our commonality as Americans and our responsibility to be civil with one another. To me, planting your flag as arch-conservative or as an ultra-liberal misses the opportunity to find solutions based on what I've stated as the foundation for my campaign: Compassion. Common Sense. Compromise.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Baxley:   Economic Growth.
McKechnie:   Show people the value of work. Get people engaged in vocational training if they don't have a desire to go to college. Have retirees teach young people how to create a business and become entrepreneurs. Bring back programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps to get millions of Americans working on roads, parkways, paths, parks... Hundreds of thousands of jobs need to be done and we have hundreds of thousand people ready to work.

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

Baxley:   Block grant medicade funds for the State to experiment with different models.
McKechnie:   Create a single payer system. If we truly believe in the sanctity of life, what is so wrong with creating a system in which we look out for the least among us? How is providing someone with healthcare so a minor ailment doesn't become a major illness wrong? Politicians dole out millions in corporate welfare. Why not give some of that to ensure that a parent is healthy enough to work, or so a child doesn't have to go to the emergency room for lack of healthcare? The Golden Rule.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Baxley:   Reduce regulation, lower taxes.
McKechnie:   I'd have to leave this one to an economist.

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

Baxley:   Graduated, Florida State University - BA, 1974. Miami-Dade Community College - AS, 1975 House of Representatives, 2000-2007, 2010-2016 Florida Senate, 2016-present
McKechnie:   Have folks visit my website -- garymckechnie.com -- and you'll see. My life as a writer and author who's traveled across the state of Florida and across the United States for the past 30-some years has given me an awareness of America and its people. In addition, I've been an active citizen who's given to my community for decades with only one goal, and that's to do my part as a citizen. Also, I am an educator who teaches students about civics and American government. This campaign is a culmination of my life experiences.

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

Baxley:   denniskbaxley@gmail.com 352-843-6750
McKechnie:   info@Gary2018.com and (352) 406-3659.

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

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  Background
Dennis Baxley (R)
Gary McKechnie (D)

Education

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, BS, 1974
  • Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, AS, 1975
  • College of Central Florida, Ocala, AA, 1972

Education

  • Valencia Community College, Orlando, AA, 1982
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, BA, 1985

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

Vocational & Military Experience

  • (None listed.)

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

  • Belleview Rotary, past President
  • Dunnellon Lions Club
  • Marion County Farm Bureau
  • Marion County Children's Alliance, Board Member
  • The Vine Community Chruch, Elder

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

  • Golden Triangle Democrats, Member
  • Lake County Democrats, Member

Political Offices Held

  • Florida State Representative, 13
  • Florida Senate, 2

Political Offices Held

  • (None listed.)

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)

Other Political Offices Sought

  • (None listed.)