Candidate Profile
McStephen O.A. "Max" Solomon

Democrat , Illinois


McStephen O.A. "Max" Solomon
State Senator, Dist. 19

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative



Illinois Family Action

Reported by Candidate

Citizens for Hazel Crest, IL

Other Information

Illinois Family Institute Voter Guide:


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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Strongly Disagree

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


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


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.


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

"Tyranny of the majority" was James Madison's primary concern, thus, we have the "Madisonian System" of checks and balances described here.

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, Voters (We the People), Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I, personally, and strongly, believe that all human life is sacred and purposeful, and that human life begins even before conception. Jer. 1:5. Thus, under no circumstances should human life be taken or terminated. I also believe that the issue and choice of abortion is an extremely personal (ethical, moral, religious) one that must be totally outside of the province and purview of government, hence my position that it ought not be funded by government under any circumstances. However,having said all the above, I also accept that exceptions may be reasonably made if the life of the mother is endangered. Even so, I have no doubt that many mothers (and fathers) will gladly give up their lives for their children. So again, it turns on extremely personal (ethical, moral, religious) choices in which government ought not to dabble. Finally, I honor the law and decision of the supreme court in Roe, and I do not hold or posit that abortion should be criminalized.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God, Father Almighty; and in His Son, my Lord and personal savior, Jesus Christ; and I believe in the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). I am a follower of Christ and the Christian Faith. My beliefs and values are based and anchored in my Christian Faith.

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

Somewhat Conservative

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


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

Additional comment from candidate:

Thank you for your consideration.


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, IN, J.D.
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, M.A./Th.M
  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL, B.A.
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Christian Legal Society, Chaplain/Member
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicagogo, Volunteer
  • League of Women Voters, Volunteer
  • Christian Churches, Volunteer
  • Trustee, Grande Prairie Public Library District, Held 2015 -

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