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Joe Russell

Republican , Ohio


Joe Russell
State Rep., Dist. 74

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

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.


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.


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.

No Answer

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.


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.


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 most basic human law of nature is the preservation of mankind, which provided the rationale for America’s founding. The Founding Fathers believed that individuals have both a right and a duty to preserve their own lives. Individuals should be free to make choices without fear that our natural rights—or rights that are God given—should not be taken or given away. Thus, the Fathers created a government that conserves justice, order, and freedom in order to protect our fundamental natural right

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, Industry, Congress, Supreme Court.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

No matter how abortion is justified, the end result is still a dead baby. Such a justification hurts both women and men, and negatively affects society at large. There are so many factors that could be used to “choose” to abort a baby that the only real justice for an innocent baby is life. Thus, I don’t believe that there’s any circumstance that justifies taking a baby’s life by abortion.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am Roman Catholic. As a Christian, I believe that the savior Jesus Christ is the son of God and died for our sins. As a Catholic, my values can be summed up by what St. Augustine called "veritas, unitas, and caritas." Veritas is the pursuit of truth and justice as an essential component of morality. Unitas being a commitment to building a community that enables the flourishing of all peoples and all creation. Caritas being love of life and faith that breeds hope and justice for all humanity.

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


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

I have volunteered or managed the campaigns of dozens of conservative elected officials. I worked for a conservative member of the Ohio legislature as a legislative aide. I donate to conservative candidates and causes that I support, including Ohio Right to Life among others. I subscribe to conservative publications including Rush Limbaugh 24/7 and Hillsdale College's "Imprimis." I was an active member of my university's College Republican club where I attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) every year of college. These are the highlights but I'm very active in the conservative political community.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. and 740-490-2332

Additional comment from candidate:

Just a point of clarification on question #12: "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." I chose "No Answer" because I don't believe the that Constitution outlines a "pure democracy." On the contrary they created a republic to avoid the historical problems created by a pure democracy, namely tyranny of the majority. With that said, I agree that the Founding Fathers believed the government they created would conserve order and "...ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens." I hope this makes sense. Thanks!


  • University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, Bachelor of Political Science, 2009
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Ohio Right to Life, Member
  • Rotary International, Member
  • NRA, Member
  • Buckeye Firearms, Member
  • Ohio Farm Bureau, Member
  • Sportsmen Alliance, Member
  • Free & Accepted Masons, Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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