Candidate Profile
Michael Owen

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Michael Owen
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist 59
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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Endorsements

Conservatives

1
Jim Boyd

Others

2
Hillsborough Fire Action PAC, Tampa Firefighters - IAFF #754

Reported by Candidate

6
Representative Mike Beltran, County Commissioner Stacy White, School Board Member Melissa Snively, Hillsborough County Fire Fighters, Tampa Fire Fighters, Former Representative Jim Boyd

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Ross Spano (2018)

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2019)

Summary

50%

LIBERAL

50%

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?

Life of the Mother


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?

Florida is constitutionally bound to have a balanced budget. Saying that, due to COVID-19, tough decisions will need to be made moving forward on the state budget, especially due to reduced sales tax collections and anticipated depletion/reduction of state reserves.


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?

Its meaning has been taken out of context and manipulated for years. Separation of church and state actually can't be found in any of our nation's founding documents. The term came to be from the Jefferson era, where it was actually said to reassure the First Amendment prohibited the government from trying to control religious expression. I reject the notion that God and government can't coexist.


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?

I believe health care should be available, affordable and adequate for everyone. I would not object to re- evaluating our system of care, however who pays for it makes the conversation much more complex.


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?

We must first and foremost protect our country from those who wish to do us harm. I see no reason why those who wish to immigrate to the United States, and add value to our economy and communities while following the law, would not be able to do so.


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 believe the word of God is the divine fundamental authority of my Christian faith. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and believe the values and more character that I have are because of that.


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?

Conservative   

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

(Did not answer)

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

I believe I'm qualified to hold elected office. I have a background in the law, as a Real Estate and Consumer Protection attorney. My family and I both have operated small businesses in the real estate industry and I understand what it takes to make payroll. God willing, if elected, I will listen and ask questions and will serve with integrity and humility.

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?

I'm a conservative small business owner and have lived in our community over 40 years. I have a fundamental belief in limited government, that free and competitive markets work the best and that freedom requires accountability and personal responsibility.


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 best way for law abiding citizens to ensure public safety is to protect their ability to defend themselves and their property. I am supportive of keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally deranged.


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?

If elected, I will make those decisions after taking of oath of office. I am highly interested in workforce education, working to ensure businesses can come back stronger than ever and working to uphold law and order.

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

What we have seen in recent weeks is deeply troubling on a variety of levels. Yes, in the sense that radical leftist groups are hijacking the conversation about racial injustice to advance their radical agendas.


Background

Education
  • St. Leo College, Dade City, FL, BS
  • Western Michigan, Thomas Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI, JD
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • CenterState Bank, Advisory Board Member
  • Angel Foundation, Board Member
  • Brandon Rotary, Former Member
  • Tony Saladino Baseball Tournament, Board Member
  • Arise Church at Brandon, Member
  • Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Former Member
Offices
  • None
 

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