Candidate Profile
Mike Canon

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Mike Canon
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 31
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

91%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

5
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Eagle Forum, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Right to Life, Young Conservatives of Texas

Reported by Candidate

4
Texas Right to Life, Texas Homeschool Coalition, NRA - AQ, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
13
Christi Craddick, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Eva Guzman, Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, Marco Rubio and 7 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Empower Texans, Matt Krause, National Right to Life Committee

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
International Association of Firefighters

Summary

6%

LIBERAL

94%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

None.

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

Given too much power and authority, some individuals tend to abuse their authority. The separation of powers in the three branches of government was intended to provide a safeguard against that happening in our governmental system.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. I have attended the Catholic church all of my life. My beliefs are succinctly summarized in the Apostles Creed. If I need to recite it for you, I can.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

The only record of votes that i have made is my record while I was a City Councilman and Mayor of Midland. You are welcome to examine that record. Other than that i can provide outlines of speeches that I have given which express my views and positions.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Reduce the size and reach of government; reduce taxes and regulations. Free up the private sector and free enterprise to allow human creativity and entrepreneurship to occur. If the private sector is given more freedom, more jobs will be created and unemployment will decrease.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

This is a complex issue. We definitely do not need to have government provided or controlled healthcare. We need to allow the private sector and competition within the healthcare sector to function as much as possible. So the fewer rules and regulations on the provision of healthcare, the better, although I recognize the propriety of certain rules and requirements to insure the safety of recipients of healthcare services. Our Medicaid and Medicare systems need serious scrutiny. I am in favor of requirements that able-bodied people be required to perform a minimum number of "community involvement" hours such as was recently approved in the State of Kentucky. I understand the need to insure that those who cannot take care of themselves are somehow taken care of; but, where possible, we should work toward encouraging the private sector and community and charitable organizations to assist in the care and provision of those who cannot take care of themselves.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Reduce Taxes and Regulations. Do the basics of government, and stay out of the way of the private sector.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have two degrees in Economics (a B.A. and an M.A. from Texas Tech) and a degree in law (J.D. from University of Texas). I have had a career as an attorney, representing businesses and individuals who are property owners and who have or are involved in businesses. I was also a co-founder of a Bank almost 20 years ago; the Bank now has branches in 4 different communities and is currently expanding into other communities. I understand how private businesses function, how they are motivated and what drives or deters them. In addition, I served as City Councilman and Mayor of Midland for 8 years.

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

mike@mjcanon.net

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am prepared to go to Austin to fight for the people of Senate District 31 and for the people of Texas. We need elected representatives in Austin who understand the proper role of government and the proper role of the private sector. I do, and I am ready to go to work to make Texas government better and more efficient. I am prepared to fight to reduce the size and cost of the bureaucracy in Austin, bring more decision-making authority back to the local level, and to incorporate common sense back into Texas government.


Background

Education
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, BA, 1968
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, MA, 1972
  • The University of Texas, Austin, JD, 1974
Work & Military
  • U.S. Army, 2nd Lieutenant
Affiliations
  • City of Midland, Texas, Mayor
  • City of Midland, Texas, City Councilman
  • Midland Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
  • Midland Chamber of Commerce, Vice-Chairman for Economic Development
  • Midland Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committe
  • Permian Basin Area Foundation, Chairman
  • St. Ann's Parish
Offices
  • Mayor, Midland, Texas, Held 2001-2007
  • City Council, Midland, Texas, Held 2000-2001
  • Senate - SD 31, Sought 2014
 

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