Candidate Profile
Paul Serwatka (withdrew)

Republican, Illinois

Biography

Name
Paul Serwatka (withdrew)
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 66
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative

Endorsements

Conservatives

2
Illinois Family Action, Joe Walsh

Reported by Candidate

0
Former Congressman, Joe Walsh, McHenry County Sheriff, Bill Prim, McHenry County Ethics Commissioner, John Guanci, McHenry County GOP Vice Chairman, Andrew Gasser

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
David McSweeney

Summary

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LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

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

Neutral

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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 Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

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

Disagree

Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Disagree

The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

The founding documents are replete with references to need for the separation of powers, due to man's nature to concentrate power resulting in tyranny and allowing those in power to dictate the habits of others.

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 People/Voters Constitution Congress Supreme Ct

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

While I do believe that life begins at conception. I do admittedly struggle with the idea of, not allowing this decision to be made by the mother and father when the life of the mother is at risk.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian, which to me, is to say that I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior and have a personal relationship with him. I believe he died to absolve us of our sins and while I am far from perfect (don't tell my wife I said that) I aspire to live my life according to the principles he has taught us. Not that our works will pave the way to heaven, but, because faith without works is dead. I believe we are to be servants to others and examples for others to see Him. I believe very strongly that this is the single biggest virtue missing from the hearts of too many in government today, and that until we start electing God-fearing, people with a servant's heart, we will continue to witness the decline of our state and our country. I have no desire to govern over others and I have a healthy skepticism toward anyone who does. I am running to be state representative because I believe FIRMLY that we are in dire need of God-fearing, principled leaders in Springfield.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

As a village trustee, I have fought against the Prevailing Wage Ordinance, Filibustered against an unfair 50-year property tax SSA, and have been the face and voice of transparency in our village. My stance on issues - http://www.takebackillinois.com/issues.html A recent published letter to residents - http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2016/01/01/serwatka-offers-new-years-greetings/ Fighting an unfair 50-year property tax SSA - http://www.nwherald.com/2015/07/17/lakewood-takes-first-formal-step-on-creating-new-ssa-despite-filibuster/a2giqk4/ Fulfilling one of my campaign promises, I lead this initiative resulting in freezing the tax levy for the first time in more than a decade. http://www.nwherald.com/2015/11/25/proposed-levy-would-lower-property-tax-rates-in-lakewood/a1on6x7/ http://www.nwherald.com/2015/12/09/lakewood-oks-property-tax-levy-that-could-lead-to-lower-village-tax-rate/alyh9de/

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

Paul@PaulSerwatka.com 815.388.8000

Additional comment from candidate:

It is important to me that people understand that this campaign is not about me. I have ABSOLUTELY NO ASPIRATIONS of being a politician. I am not looking for a paycheck... I am not taking a pension... I don't want power and I don't need prestige. To me, my campaign to "Take Back Illinois" is about something much bigger. There is a great deal of frustration and apathy toward government, today – and understandably so. I believe we are in dire need of God-fearing, principled leadership in Illinois and I will strive, every day, to be an example of that. I will be ever mindful that I am there to serve the people, to enrich the taxpayer and to empower families - and I will be ever vigilant in my fight against the career politicians who are there to serve, to enrich and to empower themselves.

Background

Education

  • Washburne Trade School, Chicago, Apprenticeship, 1990
  • City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago, Emergency Medicine, 1995
  • College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn, Fire Science, 1996

Work & Military

  • R.L. Sohol Custom Builders, Journeyman Carpenter, 4
  • Waukegan Fire Dept, Firefighter/Paramedic, 4
  • Chicago Fire Dept, Firefighter/Paramedic, 8
  • Chicagoland Realty Network LLC, Managing Broker, 23

Affiliations

  • AWANA, Member, Leader, Volunteer, Contributor
  • McHenry County Citizens for Better Government, Co-Founder / Volunteer
  • Voters In Action / www.VotersInAction.com, Co-Founder / Volunteer
  • Leadership Institute, Student / Contributor
  • Americans For Prosperity, Volunteer
  • Turning Point USA, Contributor
  • Walsh Freedom, Volunteer
  • Grafton Township Republican Party, Chairman

Offices

  • Village of Lakewood Trustee, Held 1
  • Grafton Township Republican Precinct Committeeman, Held 2

Details

Illinois Family Institute Voter Guide: http://illinoisfamily.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/20144444/IFI-VG-Primary_2016_web.pdf

 

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