Candidate Profile
Joel M. Spitzer

Republican , Ohio


Joel M. Spitzer
State Senator, Dist. 19

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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.


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.

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.


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.


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


People should be able to vote without photo identification.


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.


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."


I support sanctuary cities.


I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.


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

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?


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

A belief in self-determination based on Judeo-Christian values.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My family and I are members of the Catholic Diocese where we are practicing members of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Powell, Ohio. Our values are based on the foundational tenants of the Catholic Church. We are deeply pro-life and subscribe to genuine kindness and forgiveness.

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.

My website,, proclaims my beliefs very clearly.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The only way to bring down unemployment is by allowing lower taxes, capitalism, and empowering people to drive down unemployment.

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

The way to promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable, and accessible to all is to allow a free market to drive costs down while increasing the quality and accessibility of healthcare.. It is not the government's responsibility.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Very little, if any, as a free market should dictate and drive our economy. I find the government's role to be limited to less intrusive and restrictive government and lowering taxes to drive a robust free market.

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

I think I am uniquely qualified to hold this office due to my wide range of capabilities, experience and my educational background. I am a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. I have earned undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Criminology, Political Science, and History. I have a J.D and I am currently working on a Ph.D in School Finance. I have spent time as a teacher and as a school administrator. I own a law firm and therefore have knowledge of both the legal industry and nuance of small business ownership. I have been the Orange Township Fiscal Officer since 2008 and I have enjoyed working for the people who elected me. I also believe that my experience as a father of four young children has influenced my worldview in a way that allows me to relate well to the other working people in my district, juggling parenthood and their careers.

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

I may be reached by email at and by phone number at 614-987-8008.

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

It is extremely important to me to help others. Growing up, I had a difficult childhood that saw me become a ward of the state, not raised by my natural parents, spending time in over 30 different public schools as I navigated the K-12 curriculum. I feel like my ability to overcome my past and be where I am today is not just a great example of what it can mean to pursue and achieve the American dream, but a testament to those who throughout my life helped me become the person I was able to become. I try to pay it forward by engaging in my own philanthropic efforts. I have purchased cars and awarded them to a single mothers. My family and I have provided free homes to needy families. I have paid for college freshmen's first year of college. I am always eager to involve my four children in our efforts and they too have learned the importance of giving to others, as well as the happiness it can bring them to know they are making a difference.


  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, B.A., 1997
  • Wright State University, Dayton, M.Ed., 2002
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, J.D./Ph.d., 2013
Work & Military
  • United State Air Force
  • St. Joan of Arc, Member
  • Delaware County Republican Central Committee, Member/ Treasurer
  • Orange Township Fiscal Officer, Held 2008-present
  • Orange Township Trustee, Sought 2003
  • Mayor, Sought 1993

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