Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
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.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I do not believe there are any circumstances to allow abortion. I know the argument is often for saving the life of the mother, should it be in danger, but I believe that with technology we have today, the mother's life-threatening issues can most likely be addressed and cared for. If that mother would choose to give up her own life for her baby's, because it has been determined that she truly faces death, that is between her and God and her husband. I have read of such a case years ago, and I was moved to tears to see the sacrifice of the mother so that her baby could live and be raised by its father. There was no consideration of taking the baby's life.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
I'd like to see the monies spent in welfare programs perhaps used more wisely to help educate those on welfare, to help them leave the program and contribute to society through work, ultimately feeling better about themselves through work. I think there is also need to take a serious look at education spending.
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.
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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
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?
Free people have a legal right to live their faith freely, even in public. You have a faith and are free to live it, no government intrusion.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I currently work in Healthcare, a patient account representative for a billing company. In these past several years, I have seen costs increase greatly, and I recall learning that when employee groups, belonging to pools of other groups, like-size, etc., have members that have serious health issues, particularly due to poor health practice choices, this affects everyone else in that pool, thus ultimately having an impact on premiums, etc. If people choose to make poor choices, i.e. drinking, smoking, exceeding a reasonable weight limit, they should be required to pay for those choices. I also appreciate a local clinic that sees patients with or without insurance, using a sliding scale for those without. Everyone receives care.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
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.
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.
Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?
Those who immigrate to the U.S. must do so legally, following the requirements to the law. Not only that, they must be willing to live as Americans, once becoming legal citizens, speaking English, understanding the ordinances of their local communities, contributing through work and raising families. The Bible speaks of the "alien" of the land, and one reference is found in Exodus 12:19, regarding a particular feast, and the requirement is the same for the Israelite (the native) and the alien (non native) of the land. This would mean an understanding and respect for Judeo-Christian principles and values.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.
I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I received Christ in 1986, after realizing my need for Him, having gone through sinful choices that brought heartache, discouragement, and despair. Ephesians 2:8-10 tells me that it was by (His) grace that I was saved, through faith, and even that was His gift to me, not because of any works that I had done, so that I could not boast. I am His workmanship, created for good works, prepared by God beforehand, so that I can walk in them. I am thankful that God has adopted me through Christ (Ephesians 1:5), that I can walk in His ways, know His presence, rely on Him for every detail of life, small to great, looking forward to eternal glory with Him. I value God's Word, I value life, I value serving others to bring glory and honor to God.
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?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
I have both a personal Facebook page, where I believe it could be determined through my posts that I am a conservative Christian. Also, I believe my Facebook page for State Representative posts reflect my concern for service to others. (These two pages have the same current picture; an old Facebook page still exists, but I do not use it.) Additional note: On my State Representative page, I told my "story" under Opportunity to Serve.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I believe the experience that I have had as a City Commissioner, since 2015, and leadership as Mayor for two years gives me the ability to serve in the office that I am seeking. I have had five years of annual difficult budget decisions, and I have always sought to exercise God given common sense to our City's spending. I have used a number of factors in those decisions, i.e. median income, available resources, community input, prioritizing needs verses wants, statistics of locations to and out of this community, and I have sought take all and more in to consideration when deciding on whether or not it is necessary to require a mill levy increase. I have learned that while always being committed to common sense decisions, I cannot possibly please every one, but I have appreciated opportunities to explain my decisions when asked.
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 would appreciate the opportunity to be a voice for Kansans, particularly those in the 72nd District, having a listening ear, and being a good communicator to constituents. I believe I exercise common sense, I am consistent to research or intently investigate issues before making decisions. It is important to me that voters know that I am honest, I believe I just need to be "clear and clean" in my thoughts and presentation throughout this campaign. What I don't know or understand, I'll seek the answers to respond.
I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
I support the 2nd Amendment and that means government should not infringe upon the rights of citizens to bear arms or defend themselves. Guns do not kill people; people kill people.
iVoterGuide Note: Candidate received an AQ rating from the NRA Political Victory Fund KS in 2020. https://www.nrapvf.org/grades/kansas/
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The Electoral College should be abolished.
In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?
At this time, because I have not yet been elected, while I do not know what committees I could be assigned to, I am particularly interested in Mental Health and Senior issues.
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
Currently, what is taking place with the "race movement" in our country, I believe there is some security risk, and while I don't hear that it is taking place all over, it is happening more, seeming to be somewhat of a resurgence from the 60's and 70's. I believe that from those years, that while the "fire" may have appeared to go out, the "embers" are still smoldering. Will they develop in to flames again, I do not know, and I certainly hope not.