Candidate Profile
Troy Clawson

Democrat , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
Troy Clawson
Party
Democrat
Race
State Rep., Dist. 65
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

77%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Liberals

2
Keystone Progress PAC, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

Reported by Candidate

5
PASNAP, PSEA/PACE, The PA AFL-CIO Executive Council, Keystone Progress, AFSCME District Council 85
 

Other Information

PA Family Voter Guide: http://pafamilyvoter.com/candidates/2016/state/state-representative/troy-clawson/

Questionnaire

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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Disagree

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

Disagree

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.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Agree

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.

Neutral

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

Disagree

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 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 Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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.

Neutral

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.

Disagree

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Neutral

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.

Agree

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.

Neutral

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?

I believe it was due to being ruled by a king. The founders were not very happy with one man, thousands of miles away no less, having the power to create laws that they felt were unjust. They created the separate and limited powers to make sure that the newly created government did not have the same abilities as the king to make laws and levy taxes without representation from the populace.

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, Congress, Supreme Court, Voters

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

It should be allowed as the current laws dictate. However, I do think there should be much more attention spent on preventing unwanted pregnancies, which prevents abortions. I also feel strongly that the children that are born to parents who do not want to raise them (adoption, etc.) should also receive more support. Adoption and foster care should become much easier to obtain for those who want children. There are already many, many children who have no parents or foster parents raising them, and many of these children are poor and hungry. We need to address that issue.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My spiritual beliefs are personal. I also believe that is how everyone's should be. If they would like to disclose them to others, that is their prerogative. I would describe myself as spiritual but not religious. I believe every person has the right to choose what or who to believe in.

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

Moderate

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

I do not believe my publicly available voting record on Youngsville Borough Council will do much in the way of defending my previous answer. I gather as much information as possible on each issue I am to vote on and then digest it and make the best decision based on the information gathered. I talk to as many stakeholders and experts as possible on each issue.

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

clawson4staterep@gmail.com 814-563-7047

Additional comment from candidate:

Many, if not all of these questions are asked with an inherent bias. Some questions I had to answer as neutral because there was not a place to provide a brief explanation. Sometimes I agreed with one part of the statement, but not the second part, therefore I answered neutral. For claiming to be a nonpartisan voters guide, there are many inherent partisan undertones to the questionnaire. I felt like I was answering questions on a standardized test. I do not believe that converting everyone to Christianity will somehow remove all the evil in the country. I believe in free speech and the right to choose what I believe in, not have someone dictate to me what I should say or how I should act. Moral and character does not come from religion, it comes from within. I am a registered Independent, however this guide has my party listed as Democrat. I was successfully written in on the Democratic ballot for the general election this November.


Background

Education
  • Edinboro University, Edinboro, B.S Forensic Accounting, 2007
  • Strong Vincent High School, Erie, Diploma, 1996
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Warren County Visitors Bureau, President
  • The Brokenstraw Valley Fund, Finance Vice Chair
  • The Allegheny Community Center, Treasurer
  • National Association of Tax Professionals PA Chapt, Director
  • PA Route 6 Alliance, Boardmember
  • Youngsville TV Corp, Boardmember
Offices
  • Youngsville Borough Council, Held 2013-present
  • Warren County Commissioner, Sought 2015
 

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