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?
I agree with Chuck Colson that the real change in abortion politics will occur when we are able to change hearts and minds. Even a complete ban on abortion will not stop the practice. Only when individuals realize that the practice denies the Human Rights of another person, one that we had a choice whether or not to conceive, will we be able to change the Nation's attitude toward the use of abortion as a form of birth control. In terms of rape and incest, we need to more aggressively punish these crimes. In terms of health of the mother, abortion also poses risk to the health of the mother. This is a medical decision made by a doctor and patient, not an abortion clinic.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
We are all tempted to abuse power and have self interest motivating our decisions. By separating power among the three branches of government, no one individual can take control over the people, and we have remained free from despots, tyrants and dictators for 250 years.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian and believe the basis of my faith is to follow the commandments to love God with all of my heart, soul, might and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself.
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 can be found on my legislative website which contains the majority of the work I have done. I have a campaign Facebook and website: vote4mary.com that also confirms my conservative credentials.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Improve the business climate in our State so there are more opportunities for entrepreneurs, businesses and jobs. Reducing the costs of regulations and the things that drive up the cost of energy. Building essential transportation and telecommunications infrastructure to keep our industries globally competitive.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Remove the regulatory restrictions on health insurance. Allow insurance companies to innovate many new kinds of customizable plans. Allow innovation in the way physicians, hospitals and other providers develop clinic membership plans to assure their patients have access to their services. We need more variety and ways to customize our healthcare. All healthcare expenses including insurance premiums should be fully tax deductible. Give entities that give indigent care tax benefits or reimbursements.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Reduce mandates and regulations that impede companies' ability to grow and prosper. Focus on policies that allow people to build wealth. Keep taxes low on both corporations and individuals. I believe people need their money more than the State does. Let people keep much more of what they earn and many of the expensive government programs will be less necessary.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Bachelor of Science, Plant Science, Crop Management, University of Idaho Farm Manager of 3000 acre Dryland Wheat Farm, 30 Years Peace Corps, Ubon, Thailand 1984-86
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am running for re-election to advocate for improving economic opportunities that will give our families the hope and ability to provide quality of life for their homes and communities. I believe in the value of creating new opportunities for people willing to build and grow businesses in Washington State.