Candidate Profile
Mike Harmon

Republican , Kentucky


Mike Harmon

Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business KY (NFIB KY), 2013-14:  100%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2015:  100%, 95% (cum.)
Club for Growth KY, 2011-12:  86%





Commonwealth Policy Center, Freedoms Heritage Forum State/Federal PAC, Kentucky Right to Life Association, Northern Kentucky Right to Life PAC, Take Back Kentucky


Andy Barr

Reported by Candidate

Kentucky Right to Life 2019 Primary

Selected Contributions


Bart Rowland (2012), C. Wesley Morgan (2016), Daniel B. Elliott (2016), Danny R. Bentley (2018), David W. Floyd (2014), Jill York (2010) and 9 more
Bluegrass Committee (2019), Bob DeWeese (2007), Brad Montell (2015), BrettPac (2012), Dan "Malano" Seum (2015), David W. Floyd (2006) and 15 more







Other Information

Key votes from Vote Smart


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I would prefer Abortion not be allowed in any instance except where the mother's life is truly in jeopardy and there is no possible outcome that both mother and child could be saved. An example of this would be an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. However, although not currently in a law making role, I would support any law that saves more innocent unborn lives than currently. I use the analogy that if a school bus was on a cliff and you could only save 95 of 100 children, I wouldn't condemn the entire 100 because I couldn't save the other 5. I would mourn the 5 and try to find ways future children in similar situations wouldn't have to die, but I would be thankful for the 95 saved.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best way to bring down unemployment is to create a business environment that is friendly and encourages investment, while also providing sufficient education and job training so that there will be a trained and capable workforce to handle the expanded job market.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The main role of government should not be to pick winners or losers but instead create a level playing field that encourages broad and diverse investment in the state. We should work to have only the number of regulations that ensure safety and sound environment without constraining healthy business growth. If the average person can't navigate the process, it's too complex.

Religious Liberty

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

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

Strongly Agree


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


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

As Auditor, my main role is and will be to make sure to the best of our ability that public dollars used for healthcare are spent efficiently, effectively, and ethically. Any major changes would be for the Governor and the General Assembly to decide and even they are restricted by the decisions of the Federal level.

National Security

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.

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

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.



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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

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

Men (and women) will generally seek ways to increase their power. Our Founders were wise to realize this and put in place a set of checks and balances. Of course through history, different branches have tried to seize more power than delegated to them, but eventually the balance is restored.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am simply a sinner saved by Grace. God sent his Son, Jesus, into this world and was born to a virgin, lived and was crucified and then arose from the dead so that I and everyone who accepts him and confesses their sins can find both forgiveness and eternal life no matter how bad a person you might see yourself. There will be some who will not choose him, but He would hope that none would leave this world without knowing him as their Savior.


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

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?

Very Conservative

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

I have jokingly said I was conservative before conservative was cool. All you have to do is look at my voting record during my 13 years in the KY House of Representatives and see whether Pro-life issues, the Marriage Amendment, or budget items and tax issues, my votes were consistently conservative. Since taking office as Auditor, I told all our auditors that we don't target anyone and we don't give anyone a pass, we just simply follow the data. During that process, we have always sought ways to help counties save money while still helping them be efficient, effective, and ethical. SB144 (AUP Bill) in the 2018 General Assembly is an example of such conservative legislation which may help sheriffs and county clerks save 25% to 50% on the cost of their audits.

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

Prior to being elected State Auditor, I served 13 years in the KY House. Since that time I have served 3+ years as Auditor and we have completed several historic Audits including the first ever external exam of AOC (Administrative Office of the Courts.) Audits/Exams include KYWired, DOCJT, UofL Foundation, Louisville Arena Authority and many more. I have a Bachelors Degree with a triple major in Math, Statistics, and Theater from EKU, and graduated Valedictorian of Boyle County High School in 1984.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:, 502-209-9724

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

It has been a privilege serving as Auditor for the past three + years and working every day to lead an office dedicated to making government more effective, efficient, and ethical. There is always more work to be done, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to increase transparency and accountability at all levels of government. #FollowTheData

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.



  • Boyle County High School, Danville, Adv Diploma, 1984
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, B.S., 1988
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Junction City First Baptist Church, Deacon, Church Mod., Former Chairman of Deacons
  • Haven Care Center (Crisis Pregnancy), Contributor
  • State Representative, Held 2003 to 2016
  • Auditor of Public Accounts, Held 2016 to Present
  • Lt. Governor, Sought 2011

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