Candidate Profile
Arthur Purves

Republican , Virginia


Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Selected Contributions


Corey Stewart (2018), David Alan "Dave" Brat (2018), Donald Trump (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Mitt Romney (2013), State Republican Party Organizations (2015)







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

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, incest, to save the life of the mother, or if the baby cannot survive beyond birth, as determined by competent medical counsel. counsel. Even these exceptions do not justify abortion automatically.. From an article "Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless" by Russell M. Nelson, now president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


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.


Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

Strongly Disagree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Public schools ruin the employment prospects of many students. We need to return intensive phonics, arithmetic drill, history (instead social studies), and the Ten Commandments to public schools. These were forced out over the last century by John Dewey's (not to be confused with the Dewey decimal system) "progressive education" that replaced phonics with "whole word" (also called "look-say") reading instruction, called drill evil, crowds out history with social studies, and replaced the Judeo-Christian faith with atheism. "Progressive education" actually doesn't teach much, and low-income children whose parents cannot supplement public school instruction have their futures ruined by 4th grade, as they will not be able to get good jobs. Also tax hikes needed to provide remedial education and to deal with poverty and crime caused by "progressive education" make it harder for businesses to hire.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Cut taxes and regulations. However cutting taxes requires cutting spending, and cutting spending is difficult given the demand for welfare and entitlements and the amount spent on education. The first step to cutting the demand for government is either getting students or the John Dewey "progressive education", described above, out of public schools. Racial inequality in achievement will disappear and by 4th grade students of all races will be prepared for high academic achievement because they will have mastered reading and basic arithmetic. This will reduce the demand for corrections, law enforcement, and welfare. It will also reduce the cost of public schooling because their will be much less need for remediation.

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 Agree

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

Strongly Agree


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

Strongly Disagree

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

Reduce healthcare costs by restoring free-market forces. Specifically, reduce premiums and eliminate fixed deductibles and co-pays and instead have everyone pay 5% of their medical bills. Why 5%? The percentage has to be low enough to be affordable but high enough so patients demand to see prices before they buy. Once providers are forced to post prices, competition will set in and prices will drop. In addition consumers will check their bills (prevents fraud) and will trade off cost and benefit, especially for costly end-of-life procedures, instead of having central planners do so, Perhaps most important, consumers will have a financial incentive to avoid costly chronic diseases by exercising, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoiding meat and chemicalized cancer-causing processed foods.

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.

Strongly Disagree


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.

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Agree

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?

Greed and susceptibility to demagoguery

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God, the Eternal Father, and His son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost. I believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. I believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. I also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent and virtuous and in doing good to all men. Indeed I may say that I try to follow the admonition of Paul to believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. If there is anything virtuous,, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, I seek after these things. -Adapted from the Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


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. (I wrote it.) Facebook @votepurves Twitter @votepurves

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

For 23 years I've been president of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance. In that capacity I have studied many aspects of federal, state, and local spending trying to identify what drives up taxes and how to cut taxes while maintaining or improving the quality fo life. This is also my 8th run for office. In 5 of those races, if I had not run, the Democrat would not have had a Republican opponent. For 24 years I have been campaigning for fixing the early elementary curriculum that is the underlying cause of racial division in the United States.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 703-281-0176

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

Abraham Lincoln summed up our day in his 1863 proclamation for a national fast day: "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!" Two months after the fast day, Lee lost at Gettysburg, and in the same week, Grant captured Vicksburg and an army of 30,000 Confederate soldiers.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


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


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


  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, BA, 1973
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, MS, 1976
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, MBA, 1976
Work & Military
  • General Dynamics, computer programmer, 25
  • TRW, computer programmer, 16
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, youth leader
  • Boy Scouts of America, Scoutmaster
  • Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance, President
  • Fairfax Committee of 100, Treasurer
  • NAACP - Fairfax Branch, member
  • Fairfax County Republican Committee, candidate
  • Chmn of county board, Sought 2015
  • State delegate, Sought 2011

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