Candidate Profile
Spencer Roach

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Spencer Roach
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist 79
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Conservative Union FL (ACU-FL), 2019:  96%, 96% (cum.)

96%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Others

2
Florida Chamber of Commerce, *Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Ana Maria Rodriguez (2019), Matt Caldwell (2018), Mel Ponder (2019), Ray W. Rodrigues (2019), State Republican Party Organizations (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
21
Alliance For Honest Government (2019), Better Florida Education (2018), Building a Brighter Future for Florida (2018), Committee for Special Purpose Government Study (2020), Conservative Coalition for Floridas Future (2018), Conservative Principles for Florida (2020) and 15 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Florida Justice Association (2019)

Summary

4%

LIBERAL

96%

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?

None.


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?

The state legislature should always be looking for ways to cut frivolous government spending, and I support a thorough examination of the budget to find ways to cut spending and keep the budget balanced. Specifically, I think we need to take a good, hard look at cutting member projects. A legislature (and taxpayers) should not be held hostage by recurring member projects that were passed twenty years ago.


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 Disagree   

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

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 separation of church and state means that every citizen is free to worship how they desire without government intervention or oppression.


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?

As a member of both the Health and Human Services Committee as well as the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked with my fellow legislators to move forward packages to expand access to healthcare and increase competition. Through free market values we can lower cost of health care to Floridians, improve access, and expand scope of practice.


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?

I am calling for a 25 year moratorium on all immigration; both legal and illegal immigration into the US. This moratorium is predicated on my belief that the constant and steady flow of immigration does not allow time for cultural assimilation into our society.


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.

My principles are built on the foundation of my belief in God and my Christian values.


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 proudly stand by my record in the Florida House of Representatives and my consistently conservative voting record.

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

I studied law at the University of Miami, I served my country in the Coast Guard, and I took an oath to the uphold the Constitution when I was sworn in as a State Representative. I have the public, private, and military experience needed to be effective in this office and I look forward to the opportunity to serve my district once again.

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?

Two years ago I was elected to serve in Tallahassee, and it has been an honor and a privilege to work for my constituents every day. I am a Christian, constitutional conservative and I take my oath to protect and defend the Constitution very seriously.


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?

I strongly support the Second Amendment, and any restriction on legal ownership of guns on law abiding citizens only increases advantages to criminals who obtain them illegally.


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?

1. Legislation to preempt unconstitutional rules, regulations, and laws passed at the local government level. 2. Legislation to curtail the powers of the executive during times of a statewide emergency, to ensure that the people's representatives are involved and voting on measures that can destabilize our economy. 3. Legislation to reform Florida's Department of Children and Families.

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

No.


Background

Education
  • University of Miami Law School, Coral Gables, FL, JD, 2012
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, BA, 2005
  • Edison Community College, Fort Myers, FL, AA, 2003
Work & Military
  • United States Coast Guard, E1 - O3E, 1996-2016
Affiliations
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SWFL, Big Brother to 2 children needing mentors
  • Guardian ad Litem, 20th Judicial Circuit, Court Appointed Guardian for children in state car
  • Financial Literacy Teacher, Volunteer teachers for kids in foster care
Offices
  • State Representative, District 79, Held 2018-2020
 

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