Candidate Profile
Kerith Strano Taylor

Democrat , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
Kerith Strano Taylor
Party
Democrat
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Liberal Information icon

Endorsements

Liberals

4
Democracy for America, National Organization for Women, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Sierra Club

Reported by Candidate

4
National Organization for Women, Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, Democracy for America, AFL-CIO

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Bernie Sanders, Deep Blue PAC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Local, County, and District Democratic Organizations, State Democratic Party Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
9
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Deep Blue PAC, Democracy for America, Democratic Women's Groups, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and 3 more

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Disagree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Disagree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Disagree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Disagree

The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Neutral

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Disagree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Neutral

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Agree

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

Disagree

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

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.

Neutral

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

Disagree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

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 Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Disagree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Constitution, Supreme Court, Congress

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Presently, my County is struggling under an an overwhelming caseload of children in need of foster care and foster families. We don't have enough volunteers to hold the babies that are detoxing from opioids. I wish that all of the people that spend so much time and effort trying to ban abortion would volunteer their time and love for the children that are already here that desperately need it. If we truly want to eliminate abortion, we should be ensuring access to affordable birth control services to those that need it, not fighting to overturn the ACA. That decision should be made between a woman, her Doctor and her God.

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

Our Founders were highly educated in philosophy, history and diplomacy. They were fleeing a monarchy and were seeking a freedom to live, work and worship. Separation of powers was a necessary step to ensure that we did not build ourselves into another monarchy. I believe they did a pretty find job of it. Now we just have to get money out of politics and we'll be able to get back on track, because we are teetering toward Oligarchy.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am Jewish. I live very far from a Temple so I am not able to worship as often as I would like. My closest friend is a Methodist Pastor and we often discuss the intersections of our faiths. I believe that it is my duty to God and to my children to try to leave this world better off than I found it, in whatever small way that I can.

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

Somewhat Liberal

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

I am quite conservative on some issues and I am quite liberal on others. I believe in my 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, but I also believe that you should lose that privilege to own if you threaten to hurt someone else. I believe in a womens' right to control her body. I believe that money in politics is destroying our Democracy. I believe in public education. I believe in Unions' right to organize.

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

kerithstranotaylorforcongress@gmail.com

Additional comment from candidate:

Thank you for offering this survey.


Background

Education
  • The George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia, JD, 2000
  • Penn State University, University Park, PA, BA, 1996
Work & Military
  • The Taylor Law Firm, Attorney, 16
  • Guardian ad Litem, Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas, 12
  • Member, PA Supreme Court Juvenile Ct.Procedural Rules Com., 5
  • Chair, PA Supreme Court Juvenile Ct.Procedural Rules Com., 1
Affiliations
  • Jefferson County Democratic Party, Chair
Offices
  • School Board Director, Held 5
  • US Congress PA 5, Sought 2014
 

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