Candidate Profile
Joe Harding

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Joe Harding
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist 22
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

2
Anthony Sabatini, Stan McClain

Others

2
Levy County Professional Firefighters, Marion County Professional Firefighters

Reported by Candidate

6
Former House Speaker Larry Cretul, Representative Stan McClain, Sheriff Bobby Mcallum, Sheriff Robert Schultz, Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Mayor Jerry Robinson

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
National Rifle Association (2019)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Building a Better Economy (2019)

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2020)

Summary

34%

LIBERAL

66%

CONSERVATIVE

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?

Never


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?

Any contributions to Planned Parenthood. Responsibility and reform to welfare. Welfare recipients should be required to take a drug test.


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.

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?

The State staying out of the church's business and not the other way around.


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?

By working to get rid of the hidden tax of trial and malpractice lawyers off the back of doctors.


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?

Immigrants that follow the rules and come through the correct channels. Immigrants that come because of religious persecution or those that offer a skill or trade that fills a void US citizens are unable to fill should be priority.


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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a born again Christian and my faith lays the foundation for the decisions I make. I believe right and wrong is defined by the bible. God's Word is a wealth of wisdom and answers to all of our current issues can be found in His Word!


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?

Very Conservative   

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

I have served in church most of my life. My father is the longest serving Baptist pastor in the District and I am a small group leader at Meadowbrook Church of Ocala. My faith lays the foundation for the decisions I make!

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

I have built over $ 400 million dollars worth of Construction Projects and I currently own and operate my own business. Every week I make a payroll and I understand what it takes to manage a budget. Because of my business experience I know how to get results and get things done. I will bring strong work ethic and a conservative fighter voice to the Florida House.

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?

Endorsements: Speaker Larry Cretul, Fanning Springs Mayor Trip Lancaster, Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, the Gator Fire Council, the Professional Firefighters of Ocala, the Gainesville Professional Fire Fighters, Representative Stan McClain, the Levy County Firefighters, Levy County School Board member Ashley Clemenzi, Levy County Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson, Belleview Mayor Christine Dobkowski, and the Marion County Firefighters. * * * About Joe Harding for State Representative Joe Harding, a conservative Republican and seventh generation Floridian, is a small businessman who was born and raised in Williston. Harding's priorities are ending illegal immigration, outlawing sanctuary cities, and supporting agriculture. Also topping his agenda are defending Second Amendment rights, protecting all human life, and addressing skyrocketing health insurance.


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 ability to own a firearm is protected by our constitution. Our Founding Fathers got it right the first time and we do not need politicians to tamper with that right!


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

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?

Pro-Life Pro-2nd Amendment Pro-Workforce Development and Trade Schools

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

It is not. Racism is wrong and should not be tolerated, however the media is just another tool the left uses to exaggerate issues and control the masses.


Background

Education
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Work & Military
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Affiliations
  • Big Borthers Big Sisters, Mentor
  • Meadowbrook Church, Small Group Leader, Usher
  • Rotary International, VP of my club
  • Marion County Chamber of Economic Partnership
  • Farm Bureau, Member
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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