Candidate Profile
Ken Heath

Independent , Virginia


Ken Heath
State Senator, Dist. 40

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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.

No Answer

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?

I am personally opposed to abortion, but as a man, will never face that decision. My wife and I tried to have children of our own, unsuccessfully, so I know how precious each life is. I am completely opposed to infanticide and would fight against that. However, I believe there are circumstances where I do not want the government having control over our lives, such as cases of incest, rape, or imminent threat to the life of the mother. I believe that decision should rest between the mother, her doctor, and God, without government intervention.


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?

Creating jobs and opportunity, increasing workforce training, redeveloping systems so that high school students understand there are additional pathways that include college, but also include community college and traditional trades through vocational education and training.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should be a safety net to catch those who falter, a rope ladder to help each individual pull themselves up, but not a hammock in which to lay down. The best government follows Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand", providing less taxes and fewer regulations to help businesses grow.

Religious Liberty

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


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.


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?

Providing oversight to hospital mergers, pharmaceutical companies, and government programs designed to help our citizens is the first step. A big part of that is to remove opportunities for those to influence legislation through campaign donations. Next, we must address the vanishing of primary emergency services in rural communities, as our population ages and health care becomes more remote. It’s a crisis no one is addressing.

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 Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Agree


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.



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

Strongly Agree

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


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?

A strong division of powers provides the necessary checks and balances for a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Methodist, raised in the Methodist church from my earliest years of being christened at Grace in my home church on Fairground Hill here in Marion. I thank God for my abundance of blessings, and pray each day that He strengthens me to be able to do His will, and quietens me enough to hear His voice, that He uses me as an instrument of His Peace, an ambassador of His Word, and a reflection of His Love in all I think, say and do.


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’m a Reagan/Teddy Roosevelt Conservative, with the belief that “a government governs best when it governs least”, allowing individuals the freedom for as much control over their own lives up until their choices begin to infringe on the rights of others.

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

I've been honored to twice be elected to local office, and for over 25 years, have worked to help communities large and small across Virginia to revitalize our downtowns, reinvigorate their small businesses, grow opportunities for our citizens to have good jobs so they can provide for their families, and so they can provide opportunities for their kids to stay in their hometowns to continue to make a difference. Our "Pop Up Boot Camp" entrepreneur training program has trained over 275 folks from Bluefield to Bristol, and here in my hometown of Marion, has sold 11 downtown buildings, filled an additional 22 storefronts, created 30 new businesses and 118 new jobs, dropping our storefront vacancies from nearly 18% to under 4% and spurring over $2 million in private reinvestment. Our program is now used as a model for Business Competitions across Virginia. Creative problem solving to tough issues - that's what I've made my career, and I want to bring that to Richmond to help SWVA grow.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:, (276) 759-1102

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

I’m a passionate, dedicated problem solver who is readily accessible and open to discussions. I have over three decades assisting small businesses, creating real opportunities for our hometowns. While no two people will always agree on all issues, I believe my experience in “boots on the ground” Economic Development, community service, commitment to my hometown and my SWVA, my vow to never take PAC/Corporations/Union campaign contributions, and my willingness to “disagree without being disagreeable” while never having to answer to a political party, but to you the citizen, positions me uniquely to be a true, unfiltered, passionate voice for our region and all of rural Virginia that’s far too often left out.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Disagree


  • Marion Senior High School, Marion, HS, 1980
  • Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, AAS, 1984
  • East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN, BA, 1986
Work & Military
  • Town of Marion, Director of Community & Economic Development, 25
  • Marion Volunteer Fire Department, Firefighter, 8
  • Marion Police Department, Public Information Officer, 11
  • First United Methodist Church, Administrative Board Chair
  • Marion Town Council, Held 2002-2006

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