Candidate Profile
Patrick Edwards

Democrat , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
Patrick Edwards
Party
Democrat
Race
State Rep., Dist. 62
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

67%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

2
FreeThought Equality Fund PAC, Keystone Progress PAC

Questionnaire

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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

No Answer

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

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

Disagree

Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.

No Answer

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

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

No Answer

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

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.

Disagree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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 Agree

Free-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

No Answer

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.

Strongly Disagree

The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Agree

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 Agree

The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Disagree

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

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

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

Disagree

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

Disagree

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

Our inherent want to be free from tyranny and to have personal liberties. The founding fathers saw monarchy, religious theocracy, dictatorial rule, and the system of classes as the antithesis of what it meant to be human / free! It led them to break away from the tyranny that existed in the rest of the world and toward forming a Constitutional Republic / the United States of America; so that people could choose their own destiny free from government tyranny, and dictatorial religious theocracy

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.

I personally believe that the United States Constitution is the most important document for our Constitutional Republic because it came directly from our Founding Fathers! I'm an ardent Constitutionalist.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I do not believe that the government has the right or the authority to dictate the decisions that we the people decide to make in our own lives. People should make their own decisions and personal liberties shall not be violated. I firmly believe in the rights of individuals to make their own decisions with no interference from government. I believe whether it be on the issue of gun ownership, abortion, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, religious freedom, the right to put a substance in one's own body, the right to marry whom one loves, owning land, or any other freedom that I did not mention, that the government has absolutely zero right or authority to tell individuals how to live their own lives, or make their own decisions. The government should stay out of people's pocketbooks, bedrooms, and personal lives.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a humanist. I believe that it is my own personal responsibility to help people who are in need when they need help, and to treat others the way that I want to be treated. My beliefs guide the way I live my life everyday. I refuse to judge others for beliefs that they have that are different from mine, and I would do anything to defend another person when their rights are being violated. I believe in standing up for people's freedom to express whatever their opinion is no matter how much I disagree with it or not, and I make sure to always be kind to people that I come in contact with. I give to charity, volunteer, and participate in my community whenever I have the time and I strive to create a more peaceful and prosperous world for everyone on this planet.

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'm a liberal libertarian. I believe that the founding fathers were brilliant revolutionaries who crafted a great U.S. Constitution. In my view, a government that is too big encroaches on the rights and liberties of ALL Americans. I am a free speech advocate who believes that all speech should be protected. Separation of church and state, religious freedom, privacy rights, the right to bear arms, and all other rights granted by the Constitution shall not be violated. I believe that our veterans have been mistreated and lied to by our government. When they come home, they often have issues like PTSD and sometimes even commit suicide because we do not take care them. I will fight to end veteran homelessness and reform the system so that veterans get adequate & timely care. I also believe that no American should die because they don't have access to the basic care that they need to survive. Campaign finance reform, term limits, a safety net, and tuition cost reductions are also necessary!

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

(724) 762-4591 (answers for questions or concerns). edwardsforpahouse@gmail.com

Additional comment from candidate:

1. Repeal the individual mandate, replace it with a public OPTION (no government force) 3. I'm pro 2nd Amendment 5. Photo I.D. should be required and extremely accessible/obtainable for all U.S. citizens 7. No government involvement 9. I support fiscal responsibility, But spending limits won't work economically (need exceptions for recession years) 11. Religious freedom and escaping theocratic tyranny to set up a republic established our Constitutional framework of limited government. 13. I'm pro school choice as well as making sure that public education is appropriately funded 14. Government has NO right to get involved in personal issues 16. Businesses can make their own decisions, I'll shop elsewhere 19/20. All forms of religious theocracy and violations of the separation of church and state in government are a threat to the U.S. Constitution 21. Government should stay out of peoples' marriages period! 22. Healthcare should be accessible to all who need it & (no income)


Background

Education
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Economics and Political Science, 2017
  • Indiana Area School District, Indiana, Diploma, 2013
Work & Military
  • Martin's Food Store, Bagger & cart worker, 2014
Affiliations
  • IUP College Democrats, member
  • IUP College Republicans, member
  • IUP Economics club, member
  • IUP votes, volunteer
  • Indiana Voter Initiative and Education (VIE), member / intern
Offices
  • White Township Auditor, Held 2013-present
  • PA General Assembly District 62 (currently), Sought 2016
 

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