Candidate Profile
Tony Tarsi

Republican , Pennsylvania

Biography

Panel Rating

Conservative
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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?

Under no conditions should abortion be allowed.


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?

Social programs that create dependence on government rather than reliance on self.


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.

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?

It simply means that the federal government cannot sanction an official religion. This nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. The American Patriots had escaped religious persecution and wanted the freedom to worship God outside the traditions of the Church of England. The 1st amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... God has been removed from our public schools and now courthouses and public buildings are under attack by far left groups. This is contrary to the principles laid out in the first amendment. \\\\


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?

I believe in the strength of our market system. We need to make healthcare portable across state lines creating competition and driving healthcare costs down.


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?

The American government allows more legal immigrants than any nation on earth. As long as legal immigrants have a clean bill of health, they can come from any nation. However, I believe anyone entering this country illegally should be prevented from entering or deported if found in the U.S. illegally.


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 am a born again christian, and I believe that scripture is the infallible Word of God. I also believe that it is the daily study of God's Word that enables the believer to know God's plan for their life.


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.

There is very little public information on my values, however I have been a registered republican for over 20 years, and have attended bible preaching churches for over 30 years. As a former history teacher, I have a solid understanding of the Constitution and recognize that we are straying far from the limited government intended by the Founding Fathers.

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

I believe any citizen who has the ability to articulate a clear message that helps explain their understanding of the role of government as defined in the Constitution is qualified. We have become a nation of career politicians and it has compromised the limited government provided for and reinforced by the 10th amendment to the Constitution. That being said I was a secondary education major with an area of concentration in social studies. I was social studies department chair at Wilson Area High School for 7 years and taught both Civics (at the 8th grade level) and American History at the high school level.

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 a Christian conservative with a passion for the Constitution and the freedoms it provides. As government grows, freedoms erode. Our nation is quickly becoming dependent on government to the point where now presidential candidates are promising free healthcare and college education among many other promises that can't be kept. I am running to speak the truth, not make promises. I recognize that government must be more efficient and my pledge is to look for waste in Harrisburg and give relief to the Pennsylvania taxpayer. H.L. Mencken an early 20th century journalist said it best when he wrote,"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it."


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.

Strongly 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 second amendment was added to the Constitution as a guard against an overreaching, tyrannical government. The Patriots of the revolution understood that an armed populace would always be a guard against that possibility. Restricting gun ownership is contrary to the original intent of the founders.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

Property tax relief. Table games were brought into the state of Pennsylvania with the promise of lowering property taxes. We have since expanded to full casino gambling. The tax revenue from gambling is distributed in block grants to municipalities, but relief never reached, "We the people". I will take a close look at tax revenue collected from legalized gambling in PA and design real property tax relief with a revenue neutral proposal that would completely eliminate school property taxes. Education reform. Enhance support for law enforcement.

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

No it is not. Media outlets magnify racial division to portray a nation divided far more than it actually is. The great majority of US citizens are accepting of all races. I believe we as Americans have far more in common than things that divide.


Background

Education
  • East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg PA, Masters in Ed. Administration
  • East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Bachelors in Secondary Education
  • Delaware Valley University, Doylestown PA, Bachelors in Business Administration
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Wilson Area School District, Principal of Wilson Area Intermediate School
  • Ebeneezer Bible Fellowship Church, Attendee
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Charitable
  • Nazareth Youth Wrestling Club, Head Coach
  • Nazareth Wrestling Booster Club, President
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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