Candidate Profile
Stephen Goldfinch Jr

Republican , South Carolina

Biography

Name
Stephen Goldfinch Jr
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 108
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Palmetto Family Alliance SC, 2013-14:  92%
National Federation of Independent Business SC, 2013-14:  88%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2014:  85%
Club for Growth SC, 2014:  F

80%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Conservation Voters SC (CVSC), 2013-14:  45%, 45%

45%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
National Rifle Association

Reported by Candidate

1
General James Livingston -Medal of Honor Recipient Congressman John Nappier Captain Jerry Rovner Councilman Jerry Oakley Representative Alan Clemmons Dr. Gerry Harmon

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Henry McMaster, Nikki Haley
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
2
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Timken Company

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Votesmar reports that Greenville Tea Party rated him 46% by Greenville Tea Party (Positions on Budget Vetoes)- http://votesmart.org/candidate/139491/stephen-goldfinch-jr#.VAj2PGPQqJU NRA "A" rating https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/South-Carolina/

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Disagree

3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

4. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

9. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

10. There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Agree

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

Strongly Agree

12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

13. Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Neutral

14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.

Strongly Agree

16. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Agree

17. Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

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

Mankind is inherently sinful and will gather power for their own good, rather than the good of the people without the separate and limited powers enumerated in the Constitution.

19. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, "The People" or voters, The Constitution, Industry, Congress, Supreme Court, Media, Academia, Professional Sports.

20. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Only when it threatens the life of the mother.

21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a reformed Christian. I believe that I am fatally flawed with sin, but that God sent his son, Jesus, to die for me and to redeem me, in Him, so that I may forever live in Heaven after death.


Background

Education
  • The Citadel, Charleston, B.S., 2004
  • The Citadel, Charleston, M.B.A, 2006
  • Charleston School of Law, Charleston, J.D., 2010
Work & Military
  • Boyd Goldfinch, Partner, 2010 -2014
  • Goldfinch Winslow, Partner, 2014 - Present
Affiliations
  • SC House of Representatives, Member
  • Surfside Presbyterian Church, Member
  • Grand Strand Area Transportation Study Committee, Vice Chairman
  • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental, Committee Member
  • Port Task Force, Committee Member
  • Junior Achievement, Board Member
Offices
  • SC House Member, Held 2012-Present
 

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