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.
2. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.
3. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.
4. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
5. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.
6. People should be able to vote without photo identification.
7. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
8. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
9. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.
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.
11. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
12. Free market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.
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.
14. The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.
15. Religious freedom is our most foundational freedom and deserves added protection in our state and federal constitutions.
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.
17. Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.
18. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
The Constitution set rules protecting this country from following European hierarchy. It provides a framework to protect all citizen's rights, maintains freedom to worship without retribution, and incorporates checks and balances so that no branch becomes so powerful as to dominate. It protects against discrimination yet acknowledges that we can look out and help each other.
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, academia, industry. Family should be a choice. (I would place it between God and Constitution)
20. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
As a Catholic and a pharmacist, I do believe that there are certain scenarios that this option should be offered. Notice I said offered, not mandated. I believe that the choice should be left to the individual and regardless of that choice, we need to support that person's decision and have support systems in place to provide ONGOING support. I have a friend that had an abortion 35 years ago. She still talks about it occasionally, after 35 years. We cannot turn our backs on a woman who elects to have an abortion. Nor can we ignore a woman that chooses to carry the pregnancy to term. Both women have very different, yet very necessary needs that require support.
21. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe that Jesus is the son of God. It is not only the acts we perform, but our personal relationship with Jesus that determines our worthiness to be accepted into God's glory. I also believe that it's not the opportunities you get in life, it's what you do with those opportunities that define you as a person. In pharmacy I help a lot of people everyday, one person at a time. As a legislator, I can help a lot of people at one time.