Candidate Profile
Joel Kitchens

Republican , Wisconsin

Biography

Name
Joel Kitchens
Party
Republican
Race
Repr. to the Assembly, Dist. 1
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Conservative Union (ACU), 2015:  100%, 100%
Right to Life WI, 2015-16:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business WI (NFIB-WI), 2016:  83%

95%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

League of Conservation Voters WI, 2015-16:  33%, 33%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations WI (AFL-CIO WI), 2015-16:  6%, 6%

20%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Wisconsin Right to Life

Reported by Candidate

1
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Association Dairy Business Association Wisconsin Right to Life Door County Board of Realtors

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Associated Builders and Contractors

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

2014 NRA grade: A- (https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/wisconsin)

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.

Agree

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

Disagree

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

Disagree

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

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.

Agree

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

No Answer

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 The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.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

Agree

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

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.

Agree

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

Disagree

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

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.

Strongly Agree

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

No Answer

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

The Founders feared that man, by nature, would seek to accumulate as much power as possible for themselves. They believed that this was a threat to democracy and that it would lead to under-representation of some groups as well as corruption. The separation of powers has been extremely effective in assuring that all groups have a voice. Throughout our history, individuals have tried to weaken this separation and we must remain ever vigilant to protect our 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, Constitution, voters, Congress/Supreme Court

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

While I personally would be opposed to abortion under any circumstances, I do not believe that I can, in good conscience, tell a woman that she cannot have an abortion in cases of rape or incest or when her life is in danger. I would allow her to follow her own conscience in those cases.

21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for our sins. I try to make Christian values and morality the basis on which I live my life.


Background

Education
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, DVM, 1983
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, BS, 1979
Work & Military
  • Door County Veterinary Associates, President, 1984-present
  • Mayville Animal Clinic, veterinarian, 1983-1984
Affiliations
  • Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church
  • Republican Party of Door County
  • Door County YMCA, coach, volunteer
  • Cal Ripken Baseball League, coach
Offices
  • Sturgeon Bay Board of Education, Held 1999-present
  • President, School Board, Held 2001-present
 

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