Candidate Profile
Betsy Summers

Libertarian , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
Betsy Summers
Party
Libertarian
Race
State Rep., Dist. 121
Incumbent
No
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Questionnaire

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Neutral

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.

Neutral

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

No Answer

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.

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 Agree

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

Neutral

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Absolute power corrupts! Also See #12 - We are a Republic not a pure democracy. I Strongly Agree that The founders established the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

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, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Personally I find abortion awful and thank God that I was never in the position to have to consider it. But, I feel that I have no right to rule over another woman,her body or her situation. No tax dollars should ever be used to fund abortions!

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am Episcopal. I believe in God, pray often, and am guided by the 10 commandments I also believe in the separation of church and state and religious freedom.

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.

Anything published will show that I believe in a limited, fiscally responsible government, and that people should be able to live their lives however they choose, as long as they do not violate the rights of others.

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

betsy.summers@midwestvet.net 610-955-6361

Additional comment from candidate:

I am a strong supporter of Act 76, the Property Tax Independence Act. In Luzerne County nearly 3000 properties went up for tax sale. No tax should ever leave a person homeless! Last year a man in Wilkes Barre Twp. killed himself because he lost his family home. We have the right to property according to both our federal and state constitutions. With the property tax we can never truly own it.


Background

Education
  • Centenary College, Hackettstown, AA, 1976
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Native American Veterinary Services, volunteer
  • Red Cross, doner
  • AAUW, member
  • ABWA, past president
Offices
  • Home Rule Study Commission, Held 2001-2003
  • Judge of Elections, Held 1997-2017
  • State Rep, Sought 2014
  • Auditor General, Sought 2012
 

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