Candidate Profile
Ethan Underwood

Republican , Georgia

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Doug Collins (2014), Jack Kingston (2014), Karen Handel (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Nathan Deal (200 ), Robert "Rob" Woodall III (2018), State Republican Party Organizations (2020)

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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?

I have 4 children, and the only child for which my wife was not advised to consider an abortion was for our daughter who has Down Syndrome - the reasons for such consideration ranged from "you two are awfully young" to "we are concerned the spine is not closing properly," to being told our youngest daughter (who turned 11 in March) had died in the womb and that we should schedule a D&C. We have been scared and uncertain as to what the future would hold for our children and understand the stress and fear many are under when faced with such a decision. I believe a child is a person created by God, and should be protected from the moment of conception. Therefore, if it is true that a child is a person from the moment of conception, that person's life should be protected irrespective of how that child was conceived. The only time I believe terminating a pregnancy can morally be considered is if the physical life of the mother is at risk, as determined by medical professionals.


Economy

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?

Admittedly, much of my strategy includes proposals issued by the Heritage Foundation: 1) I support allowing a portion of each person's Social Security taxes to be allocated specifically to the taxpayer or the taxpayer's family via a Personal Retirement Account. 2)Adjust future Social Security benefits to a sustainable level. This should be phased in over time so that current retirees and those soon to retire receive the benefits they have planned for, while future retirees who have time to adapt and utilize Personal Retirement Accounts would have to plan that Social Security will not be able to provide benefits at the same levels as it has to past generations because there are and will be less workers as compared to retirees. 3) Phase in a means test that would convert Social Security to a true social safety net for the poor and disabled, rather than a program that make seniors dependent upon the federal government for living expenses.

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

1) Reduce foreign aid to hostile nations and certain UN programs. 2) Reduce HUD expenditures. 3) Reduce Department of Education expenditures and work to abolish that department. 4) Reduce debt to save interest expenses. 5) Seek out fraud to save funds (some estimates are as high as $100B).

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

I have student loans financed for 30 years at 2.85% interest, which were issued before the federal takeover of the industry. Once government became a direct lender, competition halted and interest rates increased exponentially. I support reinstating policies that encourage private lenders to make student loans and to refinance student loans at lower interest rates. These may include tax incentives to lenders. However, it is unfair for the federal government to simply assume student loans.


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.

Yes   

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

"Separation of church and state" means the state may not establish a state religion. In addition, it means the state may not interfere with religious practices or expressions by private groups or citizens and may not implement policies that create overly burdensome regulations upon the free exercise of religious activity. "Separation of church and state" has wrongly been used to justify open hostility to religion, ranging from removal of religious symbols on public lands to forcing practitioners of a religion to engage in business activities that violate sincerely held tenants and principles. I will defend every citizen's right to practice their religion and support a heightened standard of review upon any government regulation that negatively affects the free exercise of religion.


Healthcare

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?

1) I support portable health insurance that is not tied to specific employers. 2) I support continuing to allow health insurance to be purchased across state lines via healthcare exchanges. 3) I support requiring health insurers to cover preexisting conditions. 4) I support incentivizing Health Savings Accounts via tax credits. 5) I support incentivizing healthy lifestyles via subsidies to health insurers who offer better rates to healthier insureds.


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?

To eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, the U.S. should: 1) Work with allies and build alliances, particularly with Muslim countries, to share information to prevent terrorist attacks. 2 Cut off funding and arms transfers to countries that fund terrorists. 3) Enforce current immigration laws and require visas and background checks for visitors from high-risk countries. 4) Destroy terrorist cells abroad. 5) Community engagement to prevent radicalization in the U.S.


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.

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.

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?

I believe the U.S. should allow more people from foreign countries who want to work in the United States and have no criminal record, agree to be subject to our laws, and agree to pay taxes while here, to be able to acquire a green card or work visa for specific industries where staffing by immigrants will not depress industry wages. Providing such visas will help to fill needed employment in the agricultural and technology industries, while preventing the issue of automatic birthright citizenship for children of green card and visa holders born while on American soil. At the same time, I welcome any person to become a citizen of our Nation so long as they absolve any alliance to a foreign state, go through our immigration and nationalization process, learn English and American Civics, embrace our American ideal of equal justice under law, and who want to work hard for economic opportunity, rather than depend upon welfare.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

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 Jesus is the Son of God, that he was perfect in every way, and that he died on the cross as a sacrifice for all people. I believe Jesus rose from the dead, and that by serving as a sacrifice for me, my sins are forgiven by my belief in that gift. I believe salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned. As a Christian, I believe we have certain standards of behavior that God asks of us, but that we should not be surprised when non-Christians don't act as a Christian. Instead, we are to love non-Christians in the same way Jesus loved all people. I believe Jesus wants us to tell others of his sacrifice and the salvation he offers, but that he does not want us to condemn others who do not share our faith. At the same time, as Christians we are accountable to God and each other for our behavior and we should support each other in love. As such, I value patience, kindness, generosity, truthfulness, and seeking to serve others.


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?

Very Conservative   

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

I have been an active member of the Republic Party for over 20 years, having served as Chairman of the Forsyth County, Georgia Young Republicans, Chairman of the Forsyth County, Georgia Republican Party, as a 9th District GOP Vice Chairman, and as a Georgia GOP State Committee Member.

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?

Over the last 17 years, I have spent my career as a lawyer, fighting government overreach - with a focus on representing private property owners in land use, condemnation, and tax appeal cases. I am an advocate for private property owners as they navigate the political process and government systems, which gives me a unique skill set to fight the current infatuation with socialism. Our oldest daughter, Elise, has Down Syndrome. Elise was required to have open heart surgery at 3 months of age and underwent chemotherapy for AML-leukemia approximately 9 months later. Had the U.S. had a Canadian-style healthcare system, she would never have gotten the treatment she needed in time. For this reason, I am an ardent opponent of a government-run, single-payer healthcare system. I enjoy hunting in my spare time. Our family attends Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, GA.


Criminal Justice

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

Agree   


2nd Amendment

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

I support the right of every citizen to own and maintain a firearm. I support instant background checks (provided the records of the search are promptly destroyed) to keep guns out of the hands of minors, criminals, and the mentally ill. However, red flag laws are unnecessary because states already have the ability to issue protective orders and injunctions, subject to due process protections - I am opposed to allowing federal funds to be used to encourage the passage of red flag laws.


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) Federal Budget. 2) Expansion of Internet Infrastructure. 3) Health Care Reform.

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

"Equal Justice Under Law" means all people, regardless of race, should be treated with equal dignity and be subject to the same legal expectations. I believe the American legal system is a fair system, but if individuals charged with administering the system are applying it differently to people based upon race, such actions drive a wedge between citizens, polarizes our nation, and inevitably leads to violence. Impartial administration of the law is imperative to maintaining domestic security.


Background

Education
  • Univ. of TN - Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, B.S., 1998
  • Univ. of TN - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, J.D., 2003
  • Univ. of TN - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, M.B.A., 2003
Work & Military
  • State Bar of Georgia, Attorney, 16
  • State Bar of Tennessee, Attorney, 15
Affiliations
  • Georgia Republican Party, State Committee
  • GA 9th District Republican Party, 2nd Vice Chair
  • Forsyth County Republican Party, Chairman
  • Council for Quality Growth, Board of Directors
  • Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Rotary Club of Lanier Forsyth, Speakers Co-Chair
  • Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Creative Enterprises - Forsyth, Advisory Board
Offices
  • Georgia House District 24, Sought 2015
 

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