Candidate Profile
Jim Marter

Republican , Illinois


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Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr. Quentin Road Baptist Churc, Patrick Harlan, 2016 CD17 GOP Nom, Knox Cty Board, ILL State Rep.102 District, Brad Halbrook, Dr. Kenneth Yerkes, GOP 3rd CD wr, 2018, Kendall GOP Vice Chairman - Dan Nicholson, Plainfield Twp GOP Vice Chairman - Dale Fontana

Selected Contributions


John Sidney McCain (2008), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2017), Republican National Committee (2015)
Pro Life Victory Federal PAC (2016), Walter Curt (2018)







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   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

None. I am 100% Pro-Life. Modern medicine has virtually eliminated avoidable maternal deaths due to pregnancy, as many leading experts attested decades ago; it is possible for almost any patient to be brought through pregnancy alive, unless she suffers from a fatal disease such as cancer or leukemia, and if so, abortion would be unlikely to prolong, much less save the life. With all of the advances in medicine cases in which a woman’s pregnancy threatens her health are very rare. The principle of the “double effect,” surgical procedures that save the mother’s life while causing the undesired and unintended death of the preborn child are permissible, so it is actually unnecessary to allow an exception for abortion when the mother’s life is in danger. Pro-lifers must vigorously oppose the “mother’s life” exception because of the inherent dishonesty of abortionists who expand it to mean abortion on demand.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure 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   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The Social Security system is a Ponzi scheme. If any bank or financial institution were caught selling you an "investment" like social security, they would be arrested & convicted for perpetrating a fraud on their customers. First and foremost, we MUST protect Seniors and all current existing recipients, those close to retirement, with no other options should be ensured their payments will continue. The system should be replaced with a completely optional private ownership option, where all FICA taxes payed and interest earned belongs to the SS recipient who paid the FICA tax and/or their heirs, not a promissory note written on the tax payers backs of future generations not born.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

1. Eliminate largest tax increase in American history, by REPEAL of the unconstitutional un-Affordable Care Act(Obamacare). 2. Elimination of unconstitutional Bureaucracies, Programs, & expenditures, in all areas usurped by the federal government not in the enumerated powers. Cut and/or eliminate the Dept. of Education, NPR, sell Amtrak, Dept. of Energy, etc. 3. Reduction & elimination of spending including all waste, fraud, and abuse, especially in foreign aid without clear American interest.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

None. The Obama Administration took away the free markets in Student loans and federalized them, to the benefit of wealthy tenured college professors and administrators. To the detriment of students & hardworking middle-class American families who dream for themselves or their children is a college degree and career in the field of their choice. We need to eliminate the federal role in funding & controlling college student loans. Stop bank rolling a broken & corrupt education funding system.

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   

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

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

A phrase which DOES NOT exist in the Constitution. Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; … What this means is Congress has zero authority to promote or establish a particular religion or practices thereof, for example Congress cannot tax to collect for a church. It does mean American Citizens have the fully protected ability to practice their religion. The first Amendment is protecting individuals which includes allowing the protection of the religious liberty in the Military and the Government & gov. institutions. There is no protection or Freedom FROM religion. Which is what the left has institutionalized primarily via activist jurists and out of control courts. Redefining out of our Constitution the very Freedom of Religion we have protected. A restoration of that very first Amendment will go a long way towards improving the integrity in all Government institutions.


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

Strongly Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

The unconstitutional un-Affordable Care Act needs to be repealed. The formerly free Private insurance market has been devastated by the PPACA. Prices have soared affecting millions of American Families, like mine, now in excess of 300% since the passage of the PPACA. It is NOT OK for the Government to demand of its citizen's that they must purchase a "product" in a government manipulated and controlled non free market-place, which you cannot see, hear, touch, smell, nor taste, which cannot guarantee any services, which comes with exorbitant ever increasing manipulated prices and deductibles, which no working American can afford. Constitutional and market-based reforms need to be enacted: a) restoring free markets (e.g. prescription drugs) b) portability of insurance across state lines; from employer plans to employee c) tort reform d) equalized tax free treatment of health care costs individuals. e) allow all Americans to directly participate in tax-free Health Savings Accounts.

National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

I have a small group of experts and confidants on this subject whose expertise ranges from homeland security to understanding the interpretations of the doctrine that fuel Islamic terrorism. What is needed is a combined application of force, intelligence and understanding. With some understanding, excellent intelligence and the greatest fighting force the world has ever known, the U.S. Military, we’ve already demonstrated we can set back movements like ISIS in major ways. However, intelligence and understanding can provide other avenues to increase success with less lethal means. Promoting religious freedom is one example and convincing governments around the world that the United States stands for human rights and that includes religious freedom, is a positive approach, especially if implemented with wisdom and common sense.


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   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Only law abiding legal immigrants who use the process prescribed. I fully support the plan. *Enforce existing Immigration law. *No DACA and No Amnesty. *End LBJ's Chain migration immigration. *End birthright citizenship for illegal aliens & foreign visitors. *Enforce the Border, deport when detained. End catch-and-release. *Require state & local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up & remove deportable aliens. *End Sanctuary Cities & States, hold elected officials accountable *Enforce the law on employers/knowingly hiring illegals. *End the Diversity Visa Program *Cap and reduce all Immigration levels significantly, until we can overhaul the immigration law in its entirety process.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven & earth. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God,Light from Light,true God from true God, begotten,not made,consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one,holy,catholic and apostolic Church. One Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look forward to the resurrection


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.

Faithfully Married to my wife, Jill 34 years. My dedication to Our Lord & Savior Christ Jesus, my faith, my church, and contributions and volunteering to many Conservative, Christian, and PRO_LIFE causes. My social Media accounts. James Marter & Marter4Congress Page, & Twitter are public records of my public support/criticism of issues & politicians, across the entire political spectrum. My Public Voting Record. Hard Republican. My pubic service as Precinct Committeeman and Republican Party chairman, & support of and volunteering for many campaigns. My service to various organizations, Boy Scouts of America 17 yrs, Coaching Age Group Swimming and Grade school Basketball, & Knights of Columbus.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


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

I am only candidate who: pledged to join the House Freedom Caucus; has supported President Trump un-apologetically since early 2016, puts America First, will STAND & FIGHT for your 2nd Amendment rights, respects the Flag & our Constitution; fights for Conservative values: Pro-Life & Pro-family values. I will ensure we Secure the Border. I support Immigration limits & reform including blocking immigration from terrorist states, eliminate Sanctuary laws, cut spending and “Big” Government Bureaucracy & return to a Limited Government in Washington D.C. I have a record of taking on the fight to defend our Conservative American values and will be relentless in the pursuit of cutting the size and scope of government. I am a leader you can Trust with 34 years’ experience in international business, manufacturing, & industry. Most of all I value God, faith, fellowship, and family above all else. Married 34 yrs., Jill & I were blessed with our four children, and now our first granddaughter!

Criminal Justice

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

Strongly Agree   

2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

None, I firmly support and defend the 2nd Amendment against federal, state and local efforts to infringe upon it. I say NO to red flag laws, no to bump stock bans, no backing down. Unequivocally stated in the Bill of Rights: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It is the 2nd Amendment which protects the 1st Amendment and all other Rights of the American Citizen.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Prolife legislation. 2. Healthcare reform & repeal, primarily aimed at getting the federal government out of meddling in healthcare unfunded mandates and insurance. 3. Elimination of unconstitutional Bureaucracies, Programs, & expenditures, in all areas usurped by the federal government not in the enumerated powers. Reduction & elimination of spending including all waste, fraud, and abuse, especially in foreign aid without a clear American stake & interest.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Is there still a problem with racism in American, yes, is that a security threat, no. Unfortunately there will be isolated cases where the threat is real to individuals facing race-based aggression and violence. We need to work to end that, the responsible lies mostly in local law enforcement on the protection side of the equation. But it lies with all levels of government and elected officials to take on Leadership to end both racism, and the race baiting that is coming from race antagonists who make a living off it.


  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, BSIM, 1984
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society, n/a, CPIM - professional certification, 1995
Work & Military
  • I did not serve in the military
  • Boy Scouts of America, Oswego T63, 17yrs. Asst. ScoutMaster & Committee member
  • Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree, member since 2008
  • OLGC Church & School Athletics, Basketball Coach 5 years
  • Midland Dolhpins Community Swim Team, Coach, Board Member, Vice president, 5 Years
  • St. Anne Catholic Church, Parishioner, 22 Years & current
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Education Commision Member
  • Illinois Conservative Union, Executive Committee, current Advisory Board
  • Illinois Center Right Coalition, Steering Committee, past member
  • Precinct Committeeman Republican, Held 3
  • Chairman Kendall County Republican Party, Held 2
  • United States Senate, Sought 2016
  • United States Congress, Sought 2018

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