Candidate Profile
Shannon Elswick

Republican , Florida


Shannon Elswick
State Rep., Dist 32

Panel Rating

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Reported by Candidate

Peyton Grinnell - Lake County Sheriff, Carey Baker - Lake County Property Appraiser, Bob McKee - Lake County Tax Collector, Neil Kelly - Lake County Clerk of the Court, Leslie Campione - Lake County Commissioner, Andy Gardiner - Former Senate President


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.


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.


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."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly 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.


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?

When carrying an unborn baby, prior to viability, conditions that endanger the life of the mother and incest are examples where abortion can be justified. In the case of a pregnancy resulting from rape, mothers should be encouraged to carry to term and offer the child for adoption but abortion should be an option.

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

Power corrupts and even those with the best intentions are subject to losing sight of their role and purpose as representatives of the people. In addition, history has provided too many examples of totalitarian governments trampling individual rights so protections against such are essential.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was born into a solid Christian conservative family and believe we are saved by grace in the blood of Christ. I believe all Christians share a community of faith regardless of their specific denomination. I have tried to live my life as much as possible as an example of Matthew 5:14-16.

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.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Stimulate the economy and grow jobs. In addition, we need to enhance the availability of vocational training opportunities in our district. I would also like to see more entitlements moved to work programs, which would further reduce unemployment and could be accomplished with budget neutrality.

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

Affordable and accessible healthcare is already available in the form of emergency medicine but that is not adequate. Allowing health care plans to be sold across state lines would increase competition and help bring down insurance rates. Heavily subsidized, one-size-fits-all plans are not the answer. The long term solution to rising healthcare costs is preventative and population health but politicians do not easily invest in programs with delayed returns.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

We should follow President Trump's lead by reducing unnecessary regulations and keeping taxes low to stimulate economic growth.

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

I began my primary career in 1975 as an orderly, served 6 years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, went into management after discharge, became a CEO for the first time in 1990, and spent 23 years after that in progressively more substantial executive leadership roles. I am now the Executive in Residence for the largest Health Management program in the country. Every job I had along the way was a job I had never done before and this is no different. As it has throughout my career, I am convinced my Principle-Centered, Relationship-Oriented, and Outcome-Driven leadership style will serve me well if elected to the Florida House.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 407 948 9599

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

I have been married for over 37 years and my wife, Becky, and I have three sons and four grandchildren. We have lived and worked in the district for nearly 25 years. Also, over 70% of the Florida state budget is spent on Health & Human Services and Education combined. 90% of the Health & Human Services budget is Medicaid. My two primary careers have been in healthcare and education. I am uniquely qualified to understand the issues and work with other legislators to manage resources as effectively as possible.


  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, BS, 1984
  • Central Michigan Universsity, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, MSA, 1987
Work & Military
  • United States Navy, Hospital Corpsman - HM2, 6
  • Oakland Presbyterian Church (current), Ordained Elder & Administrative/Stewardship Chair
  • Montverde United Methodist Church, Pastor Parish Committee Chair & Lay Speaker
  • First United Methodist Church of Clermont, Music Director
  • Lake & Sumter United Way, President and Campaign Chair
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, President
  • Community Foundation of South Lake County, Founding Board Member
  • Cornerstone Hospice, President & Emeritus
  • American Heart Asociation - Central Fla. Chapter, Board Member
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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