Candidate Profile
Andrew Schachtner

Republican, Kentucky

Biography

Name
Andrew Schachtner
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 33
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative

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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.

Agree

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.

Neutral

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.

Strongly 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.

Strongly 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 Founders knew that the type of people who seek public office will generally try to consolidate power and use it for their own benefit. The founders saw the tyranny that the kings of Europe unleashed on their subjects when there weren't strict limits on their power. They set up a system where the three branches of the federal government are pitted against each other and the various States also had power to fight back if there was overreach. We are far from this system and need to return.

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 and the Supreme Court are not sources of authority at all but manifestations of the authority of the voters.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life should always be the guiding principle in all discussions of abortion. I do not believe in an exception for the cases of rape or incest. Although these are tragic and extremely difficult situations, the death of a child does not correct previous wrongs. Life should prevail. In a case where the life of the mother of the child is at serious risk due to a dangerous pregnancy, as an absolute last resort, the family in conversation with a physician in a hospital setting (not in an abortion clinic) should choose the best course of action to defend the lives at risk. This is the only exception, but the principle remains that life should be defended.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am an Orthodox Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, came into the world as a child and was crucified and buried. On the third day he rose again to fulfill the Scriptures and triumph over the power of death. Because of this saving action, all of humanity has been presented with salvation from their sins if they would take it. My Christian faith means that I believe in life from conception to natural death, traditional marriage as well as treating other kindly and respectfully even when I disagree with them. All people bear the image of God and deserve respect.

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.

I have never held public office before. The last 4 years I have campaigned for limited government and against career politicians. My work in the Louisville Tea Party has supported candidates like Gov. Matt Bevin, Sen. Rand Paul, Cong. Thomass Massie and Rep. Phil Moffett. In the local Republican party I was the lone dissenting vote when they voted to honor the judge who overturned the Kentucky Constitution on the issue of marriage. I have routinely been a lone voice fighting against the established powers in the Republican party.

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

andrew.schachtner@gmail.com 502-807-1551

Additional comment from candidate:

I am an accountant, not an attorney or a career politician. We have a public pension crisis. Kentucky owes about $41 billion to our retired teaches, firefighters, policemen and other public servants. Every year we wait, we dig a bigger hole. We need to fund the pension system through across the board cuts and by reforming the system so going forward we can't get back in this position again. We need to move to a 401(k) style system for all new employees and end legislator pensions entirely. We need to repeal Obamacare, end Kynect and repeal the unaffordable Medicaid expansion. I oppose Common Core education standards and all other overreaches of federal power.

Background

Education

  • University of Louisville, Louisville, BSBA, 2012
  • Christian Academy of Louisville, Louisville, High School, 2007

Work & Military

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Affiliations

  • Louisville Tea Party, President, Vice President, Board Member 2012-2016
  • Jefferson County Republican Party, At-Large Member, 33rd District Chair 2013-Present
  • Kentucky Young Republican Federation, National Committeeman 2014-Present
  • Louisville Young Republicans, Chairman 2013-2015

Offices

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