Candidate Profile
Steven L. Nelson

Independent , Virginia


Steven L. Nelson
State Senator, Dist. 21

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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.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape or incest.


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?

We are already doing this under President Trump's business policy.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Reduce Federal regulations. Open up Federal lands for energy exploration.

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.



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?

Open up competition through state lines.

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."

Strongly Disagree

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?

The government is no the solution but the problem.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in a higher being and God has a plan for all of us.


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.

The Federal gov't stifles commerce with undo regulations for example the EPA and liberals who proclaim to know better than the citizens. The Federal Gov't has too many levels of bureaucracy and is in by nature inefficient. Regarding immigration without ORDERLY entry there is chaos. We need to know who is in our country. WE banned immigration for decades in the early 1900's due to the assimilation process. We also controlled and blocked immigrants with diseases.

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

I have a degree in Public Administration and Economics from Appalachian State University. North Carolina cities/counties probably has 60% of their localities run by ASU MPA students. I also went to Harvard University for 2 years at night in their Business Administration program while working full time. I was hired by the former founder of Piedmont Airlines, Tom Davis to open Boston. 4 years later I was asked to open the Dayton, OH. hub which was the largest expansion in aviation history. I also managed the Catering operation for a year until we could get staffing. 2 years later I was hired to open up the Revenue Enhancement/Yield Management office where I managed $200m out of $1B in Rev. VP at Morgan Stanley in Roanoke.

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

no answer

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

I bring a BUSINESS prospective in governance and not a career politician. We have a State Senator who has been in office for 24 years. I believe in Gov't efficiency and reducing overlapping bureaucracy. FIX 81 and eliminate FUTURE 73 which began in 1992. Fix existing 220S corridor. 11 miles (Collinsville bypass) is interstate quality.

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


  • Appalachian State University, Boone, BA, 1978
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, 1982
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Roanoke Valley Chamber, Transportation Committee
  • Easter Seals Valley Point, Board of Directors
  • 19th State Senate, Sought 2015

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