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.
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.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
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.
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.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
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?
In emergency health situations by the mother's choice if her life is at risk.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
To ensure balanced and limited powers and ensure government does not attain absolute power.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian. I believe our rights come from God, not government.
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.
Information can be found on my website www.Yatesforstate.com
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Remove unnecessary government regulations and obstacles to the free marketplace.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
•Tackle the Opioid Crisis •Increase funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment •Eliminate the “Certificate of Need” approval process for building hospitals •Access to healthcare and lower costs through free market competition •Empower individuals to control decisions regarding their health care.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
•Eliminate obstacles to the Free Marketplace •Inspire innovation •Funding for infrastructure projects •Tort Reform
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Currently I serve as the Vice Mayor of the City of North Port and have served as Mayor twice since first elected to the City Commission in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. During my tenure in public service, I have completed over 22 courses through the FLC and NLC for elected officials covering various topics including: ethics; land use planning; economic development; pensions; human resources; labor relations and leadership. Recently, I achieved a Silver Level in the NLC Leadership Training Institute. I have received awards for my advocacy efforts during the Florida legislative sessions to protect the home rule powers of all Florida cities and the peoples' right to local self-government afforded by the Florida Constitution. I have met and worked with elected officials from all over the state and nation, advocating positions on bills and issues that affect local communities.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Prior to serving on the Commission, as a small business owner, I specialized in managing trade show events, public speaking and business consulting. I have lived in District 74 for over 12 years, am 54 years old, married 26 years, have a daughter & 3 grandchildren. Since 2010, as a city commissioner I have consistently been the strong voice on issues important to my constituents including among many things: identifying and eliminating wasteful spending of taxpayers’ funds; keeping taxes low; improving public communications; leading the battle to retain the Bayflite Helicopter life-saving services in North Port; championing the protection of Warm Mineral Springs and refurbishment of the historically significant buildings; displaying of our Nation’s and Florida State motto “In God We Trust” in North Port’s City Chambers; advocating inclusion of protections for our veterans and pregnant women in the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and protecting the peoples' right to local self-government.