Candidate Profile
Robert Q Williams

Democrat , South Carolina

Biography

Name
Robert Q Williams
Party
Democrat
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Liberal

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Club for Growth SC, 2014:  F
National Federation of Independent Business SC, 2013-14:  33%
Palmetto Family Alliance SC, 2013-14:  23%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2014:  0%

27%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Conservation Voters SC (CVSC), 2013-14:  90%, 87% (cum.)

87%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Republican Women's Organizations

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Jim Clyburn

Summary

50%

LIBERAL

50%

CONSERVATIVE

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.

Disagree

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.

Disagree

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.

Disagree

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Agree

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.

Strongly 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.

Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

No Answer

I support sanctuary cities.

No Answer

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

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

No Answer

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Agree

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

No Answer

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

Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Democratic Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Democratic Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Democratic Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Democratic Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I believe that healthcare is a personal issue between a patient and a doctor and I support the medical decisions made within the context of that relationship.

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

We must work together to solve these issues rather than fight along political fault lines.

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.

As a pastor my spiritual values and beliefs have guided my life. I am driven to lift the value of every human being and to help build and sustain a society that is based in fairness, goodness and the potential of all citizens.

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 Liberal

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

https://ballotpedia.org/Robert_Williams_(South_Carolina_Representative)

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

I believe that access to healthcare is a right and not a privilege and I’ll work to ensure affordable healthcare for all. In the current environment, medical costs have the power to devastate personal finances and too often lead to bankruptcy or lost access to needed care. I will seek solutions to reduce the overall cost of healthcare. I will also work to ensure that all of our citizens are provided with the opportunity to have the care necessary to both maintain good health and provide access to necessary medical treatment.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

https://ballotpedia.org/Robert_Williams_(South_Carolina_Representative)

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Another issue that is high on my agenda is the growing level of income inequality in our country. I will work hard to ensure that our middle class and our poor have a strong representative at the table advocating on their behalf. Corporate interests have overwhelmed the system and I will work to ensure that the people are represented and are at the heart of every consideration.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Economic development and education are the cornerstones to gainful employment in our community.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Congress must work together to ensure that Social Security funds remain available for this and future generations. I support continued funding for Social Security and Medicare. These important benefits are vital to the lives of seniors and many other citizens. Citizens have paid into these funds and they should never be stripped of those benefits.

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

I hold a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree. I'm an experienced legislator, having served 6 terms in the SC House of Representatives. Re-elected to the SC House 5 times, I am grateful for the confidence of my constituents who have supported me and my efforts. During my tenure, I have supported economic development in my community and state. We've been successful in bringing new companies to the area and I will continue to expand our economic base. I am an Iraq War veteran and have served with the South Carolina National Guard for the past twenty years, so I am a strong supporter of our military and our veterans. Too many vets are suffering with inadequate access to services and I am focused on delivering their much deserved care and benefits. I am running because I plan to bring good-paying jobs to the district, support the military, restore economic security, ensure students receive a good education and provide access to affordable healthcare.

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

robertwilliams90@aol.com

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

My campaign is focused on several pillars, all designed to improve the quality of life for all Americans and particularly the citizens of the 7th Congressional District. These include bringing good-paying jobs to the district, supporting our military and veterans, restoring economic security, ensuring students receive a good education and providing access to affordable housing and health care. I believe that access to healthcare is a right and not a privilege and I’ll work to ensure affordable healthcare for all. I believe that education is the strong and necessary foundation for equality, prosperity and an informed electorate. I will work on improving access to early education to build literacy and also support access to college and higher education by advocating for funds to create tuition free opportunities for students at community and technical colleges. I am running for Congress because I am fighting for US.


Background

Education
  • Troy State University, Troy AL, MPA, 2003
  • Vorhees College, Denmark SC, BS, 1991
Work & Military
  • South Carolina National Guard, 1998- present
  • Iraq War Veteran
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
  • SC House of Representatives, Held 2006 - present
 

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