Candidate Profile
Clifford Blackmore

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Panel Rating*

Conservative
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*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Others

2
*Kansas Chamber PAC, *Kansas Farm Bureau

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?

Life begins at conception and should be protected.


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   

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

We have to look at all government agencies and see where we can use technology to provide better service at reduced costs. The covid pandemic has shown us that there are advantages to remote working. We need to have conversations about what is needed by government in the modern day. We still have a huge bureaucracy that is repetitive and expensive.


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.

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?

Public funding should not be used to promote one church or religion over another.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Disagree   

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

Remove the state line barriers and let insurance companies provide coverage nation wide. Encourage health care share plans. Encourage family practitioners to negotiate with patients instead of insurance companies on pricing for routine visits. Create a state pooled prescription plan.


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.

Strongly 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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Those who add to the American experience and help to shore up portions of our economy that could benefit from legal immigration. Those needs change over time and need to be evaluated frequently.


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.

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that God created the world and sent his only son to die for our sins. I believe we have a duty to our fellow man to ease suffering and provide for the needy. I also believe that the churches are in a better position to do this and can do it more effectively than government in many instances.


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?

Conservative   

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

(Did not answer)

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

I have served 6 years on a city council and understand the budgeting process. I have been the county chairman of my party in two counties and already have relationships with people in the state house. Owning a newspaper I have covered government for years and have a unique understanding of how it operates and where I believe inefficiencies exist. Having been a small business owner I know how to lead people and how to make things happen.

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 am not here for a political career or power. I want to do my duty and serve my constituents the way the framers of the constitution envisioned. We have been promised many things over the last 30 years that did not come to fruition. My promise is this, I will fight for smaller government and lower taxes. I will fight for individual liberty. I will also recruit like minded people to become involved so that we can start to turn things around. We are in this together.


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?

Yes   

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

I don't believe in restrictions on the bill of rights, especially the first two amendments. We need to improve our mental health system to help treat and screen for people who could be a danger to themselves or others and with the process insure that they can not harm others.

iVoterGuide Note:  Candidate received an AQ rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund KS in 2020. https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/kansas/


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Neutral   

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. Juvenile justice reforms. 2. A ban of all out of state contributions for State and local office holders campaigns. 3. Term limits of 12 years for the legislature. 4. Allowing for more organizations to create medical share programs.

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

Yes, we live in a country that is vast, and different parts of our great nation have different problems and concerns. To deny that racism exists helps to create insecurity. We should always strive to have a country that looks at all of its citizens as equals in the eyes of the law and of our creator.


Background

Education
  • Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS, BA, 2008
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Miami County Republican Committee, Chairman
  • Ottawa University Alumni Association, Board member
  • Morton County Republican Committee, Chairman
Offices
  • Elkhart City Council, Held 6
 

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