Candidate Profile
Andy Garrison

Republican , Georgia

Biography

Name
Andy Garrison
Party
Republican
Race
State Senator, Dist. 50
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Questionnaire

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?

If the fetus is not alive


Economy

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

Disagree   

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

Strongly Agree   

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

I feel spending can be managed if priorities are well established and accountability is transparent and justified based on those established priorities.


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.

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.

Neutral   

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

Agree   

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

Yes   

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

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...Thomas Jefferson. The Church should not rule over the State and the State shall not rule over the Church.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

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

I feel affordable Healthcare can be achieved through competitive competition.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

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.

Agree   

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.

Agree   

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

People who are non-criminals and who enter legally. Those who desire to join our nation and accept the principles on which Our Country was created.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

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

Agree   

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

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian and believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God.


Qualifications

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?

No Answer   

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

n/a

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

I have a Master degree in Public Administration. I have served as a public safety officer, a teacher, a volunteer, a community leader, a Church leader, a small business consultant and small business owner. I have experienced government from a variety of levels within my career. I feel I am uniquely qualified to serve the people of Georgia because I also know the agricultural needs of our state and the need to manage growth for a productive future.

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

NO

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

I have spent my life in service to others. My background, my education, my experiences make me uniquely qualified to represent the people of my district in the Georgia State Senate.


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

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

The restrictions are in place, we need to enforce them.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Neutral   

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

Managed Economic Growth to preserve our way of life Expanding Educational opportunities Pay and benefit incentives for public safety

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

Yes. Racism fosters differences. Until we can all accept each other for who we are... the struggle will continue.


Background

Education
  • Breanu College, Gainesville, GA, MPA, 1983
  • Ga Southern University, Statesboro, GA, B.S., 1976
  • Abraham Baldwin College, Tifton, GA, A.S., 1973
Work & Military
  • GA Public Safety Trng Cntr, Major/Manager, 28
Affiliations
  • Sons of the American Legion, Commander
  • Jackson Co Ga Chamber of Comm., Chairman
  • Tumbling Water Society, Chairman
  • First Baptist Church Jefferson, Deacon
  • Athens Technical College, Professor
  • Jackson County GOP, Member
  • Jefferson Community Theatre, President
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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