Candidate Profile
Ron Curtis

Republican , Hawaii

Biography

Name
Ron Curtis
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Moderate

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.

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.

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.

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.

Disagree

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

Disagree

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

Neutral

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

Neutral

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Neutral

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

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Agree

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

Neutral

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Agree

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

Agree

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

Disagree

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."

Neutral

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Neutral

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Agree

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

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, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. This issue is best remanded to family and community to decide upon those circumstances based on their own beliefs and value systems. This issue is too broad of an issue for government to pass legislation that doesn't infringe on a significant number of American's rights. The issue is also larger than unborn rights and women's rights. The father's rights need to be included in the discussion. It is parental rights versus right-to-life. I would work towards legislation that encourages and supports right-to-life (maternal care, birthing care, and, if necessary, adoptions services) to provide every assistance to advocate for the unborn child's rights. The ultimate decision, however, should remain with the parents and family.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Realistically, we will never completely eradicate the threat of any terrorism. I do think that over the past decade, the United States has stepped up its monitoring and prevention of terrorist threats from abroad. I also think there is still more we can do monitor and detect internal terrorist threats from the radicalization of people already residing inside US borders. It will continue to be a difficult balancing act to monitor for internal terrorist threats while not infringing on our privacy rights. “Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” -Ronald Reagan Diplomacy is a complex carrot and stick process. For the carrot to work there needs to be an effective stick. Peace through Strength!!! "No Freedom, No Peace. Know Freedom, Know Peace."

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

iVoter answered this question by quoting James Madison, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” The constitution and bill of rights were created to protect the American people against the danger associated with the excessive accumulation of power in the hands of a few. Our government is meant to be of the people, by the people, for the people.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was raised as a non-denominational christian in a career military family. As I got older and my life experiences in the sciences grew, so did the breadth of my spiritual open-mindedness. I believe in science with definitive scientific results from proven scientific practices. Science corroborates many aspects of the religious teachings from a wide variety of faiths and their underlying beliefs. In my core values, I believe that we should all be able to do whatever we want unless it causes harm to someone else. I hold government to that standard as well. “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” -Ronald Reagan “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” -Ronald Reagan

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?

Moderate

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

I am statistical moderate. I am very fiscally conservative, but socially progressive. I am socially progressive in being an innovator and reformer, but stop short of being a social liberal. I am not quick to dismiss or discard traditional values, cultures, or history. History needs to be respected in the proper context. We can't place values of today on historical moments of the past. I am all for establishing government led programs to help those in need, but not to the extent that it makes people permanently and inescapably dependent on government. I work to find the solutions in the middle ground. "One side says give a man a fish. The other side says teach a man to fish. The solution is to give a man a fish while you teach him to fish and then send him out to teach others to fish." And we can do this while still being fiscally responsible in eliminating inefficiencies and waste over increased taxation.

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

On my website, I have posted a comprehensive health care reform approach that takes incremental steps to gradually migrate the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and eventually, the Veterans Health Administration into a unified nationally-guided health care system of private health care and health insurance providers covering all Americans. It is based on the Healthy Americans Act (HAA) sponsored in the Senate in 2007 and 2009. I go further than the HAA bill in eventually including Medicare and the Veterans Health Administration. Under this streamlined, unified nationally-guided health care system we will realize improved health care with cost containment resulting from increases in efficiency, effectiveness, and national participation.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government exists to protect our inalienable rights, to defend our sovereignty and borders, and to provide infrastructure for the common good. Based on the Constitution, the government that governs least, governs best. Government, at any level, should not perform functions which are better and less expensively performed by individuals or private organizations. Government's role is to enforce the laws that allow for a prosperous free market; it does not compete with nor over-regulate the free market.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

We need to revise the tax reform passed in December 2017 to make the individual income tax cuts permanent. They are currently set to expire at the end of 2025. We also need to address the mortgage interest deduction cap of $750,000. This should be more dynamic by taking into account the median home cost in each state. In July 2017, in my home state of Hawai'i, the average cost of a single family home was over $795,000. The average size of those homes was only 1300 sq. ft. compared to an average of over 2000 sq. ft. on the mainland. Other than Washington DC, Hawai’i has the highest price per sq. ft. ratio in the country. Hawai’i has the worst ratio of average housing costs per sq. ft. compared to average income in the nation. We need to revise the tax reform to be more dynamic by taking that ratio into account when calculating the income tax mortgage deduction caps separately for each state.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Under the current administration, unemployment is at record lows. I would research the unemployment drop relative to economic and policy changes over the past few years to identify the root causes for the lower unemployment rates. I would include results from that research effort in any future actions to address unemployment.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

From an SSA blog, "There are many ways to strengthen Social Security for future beneficiaries. Lawmakers could slow the growth of initial benefits for higher earners, adjust the retirement age for growing life expectancy, adopt a more accurate measure of inflation for cost-of-living adjustments, raise the payroll tax rate, or increase the amount of income subject to the payroll tax." If I am even marginally successful in eliminating significant waste and inefficiency in federal government, I would target some of the savings to strengthen Social Security.

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

I worked 35 years for federal government contractors as a systems engineer in a wide variety of roles across multiple disciplines. All my roles involved managing change and innovation to deliver or improve efficiency and effectiveness on government contracts while significantly eliminating or preventing waste. 29 years of that career was working on government contracts in the Washington DC area for NASA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and Department of Agriculture. The last role of my career was the station manager of NASA’s Koke?e Park Geophysical Observatory. I approach everything with a practical, grounded, hands-on, “rubber meets the road” mindset. My engineering approach to resolving problems and managing change grew out of best practices acquired over my career as an analyst, researcher, scientist, programmer, network manager, and systems engineer. I made a career around successfully using change management to develop and implement near-term and long-term plans.

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

rcurtis808@outlook.com

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

I am retired at a good place in life. Through lifelong planning, hard work, good fortune, and making the most of opportunities, I was able to retire early on Kaua’i with a pension and a 401k savings account that will outlast my lifetime. I have always made an effort to live a pay-it-forward lifestyle. In paying-it-forward, the right thing to do with this senate race opportunity is to run for the US Senate for the people of Hawai’i. I have no need to run for office myself and any of the $174,000 annual US Senator salary that isn’t used towards personal senatorial expenses will be donated to charities in Hawai’i for our keiki. This will amount to approximately $120,000 annually going to those charities. Our keiki are our future and there is no better investment for our future than investing in our keiki.


Background

Education
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Bachelor of Science, 1984
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