Candidate Profile
Donald "Bud" Cook

Republican , Pennsylvania


Donald "Bud" Cook
State Rep., Dist. 49

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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.

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.


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.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.


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.

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 Disagree

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

Endowed by the creator, that all men were created equal.

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

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Life of the mother

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

God is Love!

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.

The path I've chosen throughout my life See Resume on

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

Additional comment from candidate:

I am a lifelong businessman not running, but rather interviewing for the public servant’s position as your Representative for the 49th District. I am uniquely qualified to address our most pressing issue, the drug epidemic. I have invested countless hours into breaking down the causes of the problems ranging from local, county, and state levels of government. I will not throw around, use, or accept cookie-cutter talking points. We must all acknowledge and accept that new and innovative ideas are what is needed to change our course. We must ensure accountability and efficiency which has lacked for far too long. We can no longer accept the same old, but realize that doing the same things and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.


  • California Area High School, California, Pa, 1974
  • West Virginia Wesleyan, Buckhannon, WV, BS, 1978
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Life Member of Firearm Owners Against Crime
  • Marianna Outdoorsmen Association, Board Member
  • Ellsworth Sportsmen Association
  • Western Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors
  • Lead effort that successfully secured Upshur Cou, President Main Street
  • Helped Establish Local Little League Program, President of Organization
  • Buckhannon’s Strawberry Festival, Chairman
  • Business Fundraising Efforts for West Virginia Wes, Chairman
  • Served two terms as City Councilman in Buckhanno, Held 1985-1989
  • House of Representatives, Sought 2014

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