Candidate Profile
Brian Smith

Republican , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
Brian Smith
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 66
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?

Rape and if the life of the mother is in danger.


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?

I would like to find the wasteful spending in the budget and the money that has been earmarked for projects that are not going to come to fruition and bring that back into the general accounts to balance the budget.


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.

Neutral   

iVoterGuide Note:  After the voter guide was published, candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this survey question should have been ‘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 means the freedom of religion to everyone of us. It does not mean removing prayer from schools and government.


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?

Healthcare should be a free enterprise system that individuals decide what coverage is best for themselves. The government should have limited dealings with providers and drug manufacturers other than trying to help keep 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?

Anyone who legitimately wants the "American Dream" and is not wanting to destroy our way of living.


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.

Agree   

iVoterGuide Note:  After the voter guide was published, candidate notified iVoterGuide that the intended answer to this survey question should have been ‘Strongly Disagree’.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in a higher power and feel that living the most moral life you can is very important.


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 attended Penn State for two years in Business and Accounting. I began working in different fields until I found myself in trucking. I started my own trucking company in 2001 and have since started two other companies that are still viable today. I feel my experience in business and my nose for numbers gives me the capabilities to be a great legislator.

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 common sense candidate, who feels that what we need are more men and women like me with a business background and a sense for numbers that can go to Harrisburg and get items of concern in our government corrected with common sense legislation and also repealing legislation that does not make sense.


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?

Yes   

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

The restrictions in place today on violent felons is all we need. There should be no restrictions on the general public.


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) Property Tax Reform 2) Dealing with the Opioid Crisis 3) Expanding the use of ATV/UTV's for increased tourism.

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

I feel it is still a problem. We have come along way as a country but we still have a ways to go.


Background

Education
  • Marion Center High School, Marion Center, PA, Graduate, 1987
  • Penn State, Dubois, PA, Attended, 1987
  • Penn State, York, PA, Attended, 1988
Work & Military
  • Fastrak, Inc., Owner - President, 19
  • Orion Logistics, Inc., Owner - President, 17
  • Abacus Housing, LLC, Partner, 8
Affiliations
  • Punxsutawney Rotary Club, Past-President/ Current-Treasurer
  • Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, Past Vice-President
Offices
  • Punxsutawney Borough Council, Held 4 years
  • District Magistrate 54-3-01, Sought 2017
 

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