Candidate Profile
Ray Pilon

Republican , Florida


Ray Pilon
State Rep., Dist 72

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity FL (AFP FL), 2016:  91%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  64%, 83% (cum.)
Florida Family Action (FFA), 2015-16:  D



Liberal Organizations

Political Hurricane FL, 2012:  5%





Florida Right to Life PAC, Personhood Florida Pro-Life PAC

Reported by Candidate

Florida State Firefighter Assoc, SW Fl Firefighters and Paramedics, Jacksoville Fraternal Order of Police, Gulf Coast Association of Builders and Contractors, State Sen Jeff Brandes, Commisiioner Venice Baugh

Selected Contributions


Adam Hasner, Adam Putnam, Blaise Ingoglia, Jeffrey Atwater, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Nancy C. Detert and 2 more
Alexandra Miller, Associated Builders and Contractors, Florida Committee for Conservative Leadership, Florida Conservative Leadership Fund, Florida Leadership Committee, Florida on the Move and 9 more


American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Florida Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters, National Education Association, Tim Gill







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.

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.


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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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.


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.


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?

If a decision should have to be made as to if the mothers life should be saved or the unborn child but that decision should be that of the mother. All lives matter. God gave us choice .it is up to us to choose the right one.

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

No answer

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. I am a practicing Roman Catholic.

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?

Somewhat Conservative

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

My voting record. Also just a comment , those definitions are in the eye of the beholder.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Continue the polices the state has put in place creating a business climate for job creation and business expansion by reducing taxes, burdonsome and duplicative regulations. Government can not create jobs but can create the environment for increased budiness and thus jobs. Florida's unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country due to these policies .

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

Free market, small group policies, Reduce the large number of coverage mandates for group insurance and allow people to choose coverage based on their own needs. Continue to grow jobs so people can gain employment and seek coverage . Drive down the cost by invoking actual value based medical costs. Reduce prescription drug costs.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

See 30 above

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

BS degree in sociology/social work . See final statement below ref experience and previous listed experience at the beginning of the survey.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 941-993-4213

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

I and my wife Casey moved to Sarasota in 1975. I have been involved and active in my community . I served as a Sarasota County Deputy Sheriff , a County Commissioner and a state Representative. I feel not only my work experience and community ties will serve the voters well but also my valuable life experience.


  • Northern Michigan Univ, Marquette MI, BS, 1968
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Kiwanis, Member
  • Easter Seals, Foundation Board member
  • Fl Wine Fest childrens causes, Board member
  • Circus Arts Conservatory, Chairman
  • St Martha Catholic Church, Member
  • Sarasota Arts Alliance, Comtributor
  • Catholic Charities, Contributor
  • Fl State Rep, Held 2010-16
  • Sarasota Co Commissioner, Held 1996-2000
  • Saasota Sheriff, Sought 2000
  • State Senste, Sought 2016

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