Commissioner of Agriculture
11-06-18 General Election
 

Matt Caldwell (R)

 

Nikki Fried (D)

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Matt Caldwell (R)
Nikki Fried (D)

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  Endorsements
7 Conserv.    1 Liberal    1 Other

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  • National Rifle Association
  • Police Benevolant Association
  • Associated Builders & Contractors
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0 Conserv.    4 Liberal    0 Other

Endorsements Reported to iVoterGuide by Candidate

  • SEIU; Ruth's List; Women's March Florida
  • Tampa Bay Times; Miami Herald; Sun-Sentinel
  • Palm Beach Post; Florida Council of Machinists
  • Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
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  Stands on Issues

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   Strongly 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.

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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.

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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.

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Caldwell:   Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Caldwell:   Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

I support sanctuary cities.

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

I support the death penalty.

Caldwell:   Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Caldwell:   Strongly Disagree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Strongly Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   Agree
Fried:   (Did not answer)

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Caldwell:   2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Fried:   (Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Caldwell:   Life begins at conception and should be protected at all times. Under any circumstance in which the pregnancy truly threatens the health of the mother, premature delivery should take priority.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” - Romans 3:23 Understanding that mankinds lust for power leads him to desire to set himself above his fellow man, the Founders built a system of checks and balances, specially designed to take advantage of this lust, assuming that each branch would covet the others position and constantly fight against them, to the ultimate maintenance of balance between the three.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Caldwell:   I am a Christian, having followed the instructions of Acts 2:37-38.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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?

Caldwell:   Very Conservative
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   My record on issues that have come before me during my time in Florida House, as well as my very public record in the news media, both print and visual, of outspoken conservative positions.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Caldwell:   A healthy, free market economy in which taxes and regulations are limited is the best system to encourage job growth and thus address unemployment. Most often widespread panics, recessions, and depressions in a market economy are created by government interference in the marketplace, typically by subsidizing an item or activity beyond its natural demand. Once the market realizes demand has been exceeded, the inevitable correction occurs, leaving those affected unemployed and deepening the cycle of dependency. Avoid this trap and you avoid unnatural levels of unemployment.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   The two sectors of our economy that have seen consistent cost growth above the rate of inflation are education and healthcare. These also happen to be the two sectors that are overwhelmingly government run and run like it is still 1965. A robust free market system will deliver healthcare that is "adequate, affordable, and accessible". That begins with reducing/eliminating third-party payer arrangements and empowering the consumer to have a direct relationship with their health care professionals.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Caldwell:   A limited role. The government should provided for basic infrastructure such as roads and ports; it should provide a predictable and limited tax and regulatory framework; and it should provide for fair access to a legal system with stable outcomes. An economy will flourish under these circumstances.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   I have served in the Florida House since 2010. In 2012, I served as Vice-Chair of the Ag & Natural Resources Subcommittee. In 2013-14, I Chaired this subcommittee. From 2015-2018, I chaired the full committee above this, overseeing not only agriculture and natural resources, but also pensions, elections, transportation, local government, federal government, and military affairs. As a result, during that period I either carried or directly oversaw every major policy issue that affected the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as many other issues dealt with by the Cabinet.
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:   matt@votecaldwell.org
Fried:   (Did not answer)

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

Caldwell:  
Fried:  
  Background
Matt Caldwell (R)
Nikki Fried (D)

Education

  • Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, BA, 2004
  • Edison State College, Fort Myers, AA, 2001

Education

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Bachelor, 1999
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Masters, 2003
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Law Degree, 2003

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)

  • Lee County Republican Party, Vice-Chair
  • Lehigh Community Services, Board Member

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

  • B'Nai Brith Youth Organization, President 1996
  • University of Florida Student Senate, Senator 1997
  • University of Florida Student Government, Student Body President 2002-2003
  • University of Florida Blue Key, Asst. Director 1996; 1997

Political Offices Held

  • State Representative, 8

Political Offices Held

  • N/A

Other Political Offices Sought

  • State Senate, 2

Other Political Offices Sought

  • N/A