Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
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.
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.
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.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 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?
To prevent the death of the mother. However, with modern medical techniques, this circumstance would be rare. The rationale for preventing the death of the mother is that one life should not be favored over another. Every effort should be made to protect both lives.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
The United States must be vigilant to stop terrorists here at home, and should work with allies to eliminate terrorist activity in regions where such groups exist. At the same time, the United States should work with other countries and the United Nations to make sure that refugees in those regions have safe havens so they can return to their homelands after the terrorist threat is eliminated. Christians in the United States can do much more. It has been reported that through dreams and visions many Muslims are coming to Jesus as the Son of God. This is a supernatural revelation of God. Christians in the USA and other countries can support this movement of God by providing Bibles and other Christian literature in the languages that the people understand. Christians in the United States can also support Christian churches and ministries in the regions where terrorism may emerge. An example of a Christian church ministry in the region is the International Orthodox Christian Charities.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The nature of mankind after the Fall in the Garden of Eden is sin and the quest for power over others (Cain over Abel). The U.S. Constitution is designed to limit the concentration of power through balancing power in three separate branches of government. In recent times, the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch have exercised more power than the Legislative Branch. Congress is divided because of the grip of big money (from lobbyists and wealthy donors) and its inability to resolve policies.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe in God the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. Jesus paid for our sin debt by his sacrificial death and resurrection. For us who believe in Jesus Christ, we must die to self and live for Christ. I want to be right with God each day. Before taking public office, it would be especially important to be committed to the Lord because my actions would affect many people. I pray to God to guide me, and I value the advice of people of character. I understand that not all of our current political leaders do what I have described. Still, like Daniel in the Old Testament, I will do my part to maintain integrity in my calling. I have written a Christian theology book, which will be published later this year. In it, I demonstrate the total commitment required to be a follower of Jesus Christ (rather than worldly figures).
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?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
I am very conservative on the issue of pro-life. I was endorsed by Ohio Pro-Life Action in 2016 and by Ohio Right to Life in 2008 and 2004. I believe that the right to life applies to all persons. Better training is needed for law enforcement to appropriately deal with innocent persons. I am a fiscal conservative. In my career in government finance, I worked to balance budgets and keep them balanced. For decades, U.S. leaders have increased the national debt. The Tax Cut Plan enacted in December 2017 will increase the national debt, and it could cause inflation which would be a hardship for those on fixed incomes. The way I view issues is through Christ-centered faith. I show respect to all people regardless of political leanings. In our attitude toward people, we are to reflect God Who wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-6 and other passages). As Christians, we are to follow the Golden Rule given by Jesus: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Prescription drugs are sold in the U.S. at higher prices than in many other countries. This situation should be rectified by evaluation of pharmaceutical practices. Some pharmaceutical companies are also producing an overabundance of pain drugs which have contributed to the opioid crisis in this country, especially in Ohio. Companies which harm people must be held responsible, just as tobacco companies were. Low-wage workers, such as those at fast food restaurants, cannot afford healthcare. These people need health insurance, at least catastrophe insurance, so they can live without the threat of a medical crisis. Diet and exercise are very important for general health. Sugar, salt, and other unhealthy substances are routinely added to the American diet in the form of processed foods. Similar to tobacco, these additives are causing serious health problems. A tax on harmful food additives could decrease their usage and could be used for medical care.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
There should be a “level playing field” for businesses. For example, special tax breaks for certain businesses should be eliminated. Road and other transportation improvements should be based on a cost-benefit approach, not political hand-outs. Politics unfairly creates "winners and losers." A merit-based immigration program could be self-defeating. If immigrants are allowed to enter the United States only on the basis of intellectual and technological merit, we will lose laborers who provide valuable hands-on services. Additionally under a merit-based system, values upon which America is built will be lost: “give me your tired, your poor…” The Tax Cut Plan of 2017 reduced corporate taxes substantially, while reducing personal taxes only slightly. In addition, taxes for the wealthy were reduced more than for the middle class. The Christian principle against favoritism is given in Chapter 2 of James.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
Provisions in the tax code favoring corporations over individuals should be corrected. Corporate tax cuts in the 2017 Tax Cut Plan continue indefinitely. If an indefinite time period is appropriate for corporate tax cuts, then the expiration of individual tax cuts after 2025 should also be made indefinite. The tax rate for the wealthy was cut by 2.6% (compared to only a 2% cut for most of the middle class). This disparity also should be corrected. Review the effective elimination of charitable tax deductions. This change will hurt many Christian ministries. Eliminate special tax breaks for individuals and corporations. There are a host of special tax breaks, some of which are taken for granted. For example, spending large sums of money on business clients (trips, dinners, Ohio State football tickets) should not be a business expense that reduces the business tax. If a business wants to engage in these activities, let the business pay the full cost of these luxuries.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
More trained workers with technical skills are needed for certain jobs in the 21st Century economy. Education must be matched with the types of jobs needed. A college degree is not always the best path. A strong work ethic instilled by caring people is the most important ingredient. Overall, unemployment is now relatively low. However, there are gaps in the economy which has not included every potential worker. Unemployment among blacks historically has been much higher than the overall unemployment rate. Schools, socially-conscious businesses, and faith ministries can address this problem. As an example of a success story, I gave driver training to a high school drop-out who wanted to work but was limited by his inability to drive. He started as a custodian and is now a crew supervisor. Christian mentors could help many to get out of poverty by showing them how to get and keep a job.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
I will not break any promises to older generations who rightly expect a level of benefits from Social Security. It should provide a reliable source of income for seniors. Even so, Social Security was not intended to be the only income source for retirement. People should save for the future, and Social Security should provide income for basic needs. Revenues into the Social Security system must be sufficient to pay all benefits. Increased employer and employee payments may be necessary. Congress should heed the advice of financial studies and act in a timely manner, rather than put off decisions into the future. When Congress delays these decisions, future costs become greater. Social Security and Medicare should have their own trust funds and not be considered part of general federal government funds. Only the people who pay into Social Security should be eligible to receive benefits.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
The most important experience that I can bring to the office is a life of faith. I have given my life to Christ. I am well-versed in the Bible and can make decisions based on Biblical principles. I try to consider the benefit of all people. I grew up on a farm, knowing the value of hard work. Education: Candidate for Doctor of Ministry, Ashland Theological Seminary. Master of Arts, Christian Theology, Ashland Theological Seminary, 2013. Master of Public Administration, Wharton School (Univ of Penn), 1974. B.A. Capital University, Economics and Political Science, 1972 Experience: 18 years providing nonpartisan financial information to the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives. 3 years, Instructor, Ohio Certified Public Manager Program. 12 years in local governments, policy analysis and budgeting.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
Email address: EckhartForSenate@yahoo.com Phone number: 614-256-1471
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Sue Ellen and I have been married for 45 years. We have two adult children and three grandchildren. Family has always been an important part of my life. I marked "No Answer" for some questions because I found them impossible to answer as they are worded. For example, Question #2 is worded like this: "construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border." I support border security, but I have been told that technology such as drones would be more effective and less costly than a wall. In addition, a wall gives the wrong image of America. The Statue of Liberty is a more wholesome image than a wall. Border security is what is needed. Question #19 - the death penalty. Since innocent persons have been falsely convicted, the death penalty should be used only with absolute certainty.