Candidate Profile
Michael Bartley

Libertarian , Virginia


Michael Bartley
House of Delegates, Dist. 94

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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.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Before Viability


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

Strongly Disagree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Lower government regulations. Some regulations, such as occupational licensing, have two main effects: 1-increase unemployment and 2-increase recidivism rates. Also lowering corporate tax rate. As a state candidate, I can not do it, but payroll taxes are regressive and increase unemployment.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Getting out of the way. Never do corporate welfare.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not penalize those who 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 Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.



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


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

I would propose we switch to a Singapore-like system. Require catastrophic health insurance, and use tax policy to end fixed dollar copay. If people pay a percent of their healthcare for normal things, they will shop around, and cost will go down. Iatrogenic deaths due to unnecessary procedures will be reduced. They have the best healthcare in the world and spend half as much as any other industrialized economy.

National Security

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 Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.


Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.



Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

No Answer

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."


Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.


Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Study of governments, fear of monarchy and divine inspiration.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a lifelong Christian, and the son of a retired preacher. My faith is the primary reason I am running. I can not just do nothing when our government systematically discriminates against the poor. The Sermon on the Mount is what I consider to be the most important spiritual foundation for my beliefs. My values can be summed up as love god, love neighbor. As an engineer, I try and look at charity and good works through the lens of effectiveness.


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?

No Answer

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

I am fiscally reasonable, and socially tolerant. Government borrowing is taxing our children, and I consider it immoral. I am very socially tolerant because I am required by God to love my neighbor as myself, no matter what. We need to have a nonintervention foreign policy. When it comes to foreign policy, we should consider "who would Jesus bomb?" For immigration, despite a lack of things I can do at a state level, I support elimination of all limits on the number of immigrants and would only prevent felons and people with communicable diseases. Immigrants are our neighbors and we are required by God to love them as ourselves.

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

I am an engineer with 19 years of experience. I designed the insides of the world's fastest rotor blades (x2 demonstrator).

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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I believe that we should eliminate zip code based k12 school selection. The state should determine the money for each child based on grade and special needs. That money should follow the child to any public school in the state. If the child goes to a private school, 75% of the money should follow the child. If the child is home schooled, up to 75% of the money should be reimbursed for expenses. This is the best way to end "Milliken v. Bradley" In his decent Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote: "Under such a plan, white and Negro students will not go to school together. Instead, Negro children will continue to attend all-Negro schools. The very evil that Brown was aimed at will not be cured but will be perpetuated."

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


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

Strongly Disagree

2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.



  • Tristate University, Angola In, BS Aerospace Engineering, 2000
Work & Military
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  • Warwic UCC, Deacon
  • House of Delegates, Sought 2017

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