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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.
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.
Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.
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.
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.
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?
(Did not answer)
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, Supreme Court, Congress, Voters.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I am 100% pro-life. An unborn child is worthy of the same legal recognition and protection as every other member of the human family. As such, I oppose legalized abortion. I make exceptions for instances such as ectopic pregnancies, where a mother's life is in danger.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I'm a Roman Catholic Christian.
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'm a Burkean conservative with a Chestertonian streak. While many of my political positions mirror those of the American-right "Reagan coalition," my worldview is also informed by the sensibilities of my generation and my personal experience. I'm neither a "tea-party" nor an "establishment" Republican. As I have never run for office before, I don't have a voting record to reference. I invite anyone interested in my candidacy or my positions on various issues to contact me directly.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.
Additional comment from candidate:
I believe I can provide thoughtful, independent, and truly conscientious leadership that is sadly lacking in Illinois politics today. I grew up in the communities of the 24th District and am proud to live here now as an adult. I'm eager to offer my candidacy as a gift to the people of the District - these men and women helped form me into the man I am today, and they deserve better representation than what they are currently receiving. Voters can expect - and I hope and pray they will hold me to this! - an independent-minded representative who will be unafraid to cross party lines, to "think outside the box," and who will work diligently to make the 24th District a better place to live. I'm proud to offer the voters of the 24th District a real choice in how they are represented in Springfield, and would be truly honored and privileged to earn their trust as a State Representative.