Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of necessary infrastructure on our border that maximizes the ability to control 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 a relationship between one man and one woman.
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.
Parents should have the right to opt their children out of classes as they see fit.
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.
Government should compel businesses and schools to allow access in all cases based on “gender identity.”
I support sanctuary cities.
I support the death penalty.
Commercial surrogacy should be legal.
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.
Individual rights come from government.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Let's get some terms clear. Abortion by Websters definition is the termination of a pregnancy...followed by the death of the embryo or fetus. Embryonic life is approx 2-8 weeks, fetus is +8 weeks. At 3 days after fertilization (not after sexual intercourse) you have a 12-16 cell mass, at day 6 these attach to the wall of the uterus, at 1 week and 1 day you can get a positive pregnancy test, at 2 weeks and 4 days the brain can appear, the first organ (http://www.ehd.org/cache/pdf/3c85b343cb3a09a3e633e14edba147c6/timeline.pdf). Please do some science homework! The female body "terminates" fertilized eggs throughout life, that's why they start with approx 2 million at conception, and go through 400 ovulated eggs in their lifetime (10 eggs/yr x 40 yrs). So abortion after 2 weeks NO. Don't get pregnant or stop it prior. The only "outlier" is health of mother and I hope that was discussed before.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
They had just fled a country/government that persecuted its people because of their beliefs and didn't want it to happen again. I think they believed everyone could contribute in someway to their community and nation. Power is creative and also destructive and they wanted the former to be the standard for this new nation.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Let's be straight up. I believe Jesus is who He said He was, but I don't recall Him asking people who or what they believed before healing the needy. He was a servant, chose to be one. I would like to serve more, and feel like I have done a pretty good job so far, but I can always improve, try harder, listen, give more grace, but also have standards and morality that promote a better life for everyone. Back to Jesus, I believe He wants a better life for us and love us more than we could ever imagine and I think it crushes Him when it doesn't happen. I don't push my beliefs on anyone and never will so some reading this might have to read it again. For those who wonder about the fallen state of mankind and why bad things happen, to make it short and pointed, this was not the original plan and if you want to hear or learn more, ask me in private. The best examples are those who lead by it and save the talking for someone else to do.
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.
I hunt, fish, own guns/rifles, did "missions" in Honduras and Mexico, attended a Longview church for 15 years, taught in Longview/Kelso for almost 20 years. I believe in work, that nothing is free, but I will help those in need when possible. I have voted Republican. Not sure what other information is out there. I have hope in the American people, and especially those in the 19th District.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Don't make it so easy both in effort and compensation to be unemployed! Things have to have parameters, compensation has to be included. Basic public assistance needs to be examined, evaluated and changed because it's not assistance anymore, its enablement and it makes them feel like they are entitled. A few can cause problems for many.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Bottom line is it comes down to money, as always. This is a loaded issue and I have seen many of them in my limited time in health care. Prices for medications, care, prevention and end of life treatment among others all need discussion. Genetics as well as personal choices affect health care costs for all of us. ED visits instead of a General Practioner are costly. Prevention is more cost effective than cures. How would I promote it? Follow the dollars! Involve MD's, RN's, CNA's who do the work and get their input. They do the job, ask them. They are frustrated with the system. I know I was as an RN.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
I didn't think they did boost the economy. I think they should get out of the way as much as possible. Spend our tax money wisely and get it fairly. Let us spend it instead of taking it. I haven't hardly even started and I cringe at some of the things I have been reading. Government should represent us and I don't think it has even in the areas I have been involved in. Bureaucracy,I know it has its place and is necessary, but in many cases its overstepped its usefulness. Private enterprise is essential, productive and effective and efficient. So maybe quietly and expediantly manage that in a fair and most unobtrusive way.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I've taught for almost 20 years, BSN Nurse for over 4 in Home Health, Extended and Acute Care and in the hospital. I've logged, gold mined, pulled lumber, delivered pizzas, built houses in Honduras and studied Spanish in Mexico and Guatemala to help my language. I hunt, fish, hike, climb and love the NorthWest. I've worked since I was young and learned a lot along the way. I just think there are regular people like me who feel like they are not represented and want to know what is really going on because they don't as I haven't had the time to get into the issues. My goal is to be that voice. I still have hope that things can get better and I'm going to work to do my part.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I've seen and heard enough so it was either "do" or "sit down". I really just want to go fishing, but catching them is harder and harder (steelhead-salmon)! Schools/education/safety/curriculum/testing/students/teacher issues need answers and the previous solutions have not been. Education and health care, really, it can't be that hard. Throw in hunting and fishing issues and same answer. Taxes, spend what we have correctly before asking for more. Take a look at a WA map with Republican and Democrat colors and figure out who is running the state with their interests and if you like it! I want change from what has been the norm, want to hear from you, and will seek those out who do it to make sure it works. I'm not going to make everyone happy, but will make decisions with long term thought. I'm not happy right now. But I'm putting my money where my mouth is. I have one of them, and two ears. Will try to use them effectively.