Candidate Profile
Mark Polston

Republican , Kentucky

Biography

Panel Rating*

Conservative *

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

Endorsements*

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

Conservatives

1
*Kentucky Right to Life Association (KRLA)

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?

I am pro-life. I do not support abortion on demand.


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?

All programs should be evaluated for waste and be reduced accordingly.


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 should not involve itself in the affairs of the church.


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?

We currently have medicaid and medicare programs available on the federal level to provide for elderly and indigent care. I believe these programs should be continued with vigorous oversight and stringent guidlines. Non-profit private programs to care for lower income individuals and families who do not meet medicaid guidelines should be encouraged. The current coronavirus pandemic reveals the need for all people to have access to coronavirus testing and treatment. I agree with President Trump that this situation is a public health crisis. I also agree with proposed federal legislation that makes testing free for everyone.


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?

Those who comport with the law of the U.S. and comply with the requirements for citizenship should be allowed to immigrate here.


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. I believe in the authority of the bible and that it is the inspired word of God. I believe it is the only safe rule of faith pracitce and that its directives give us guidance in all aspects of our private and public life.


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.

Mark F. Polston page on Facebook markpolston.com

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

I have a law degree and am a practicing attorney with 25 years of experience. I also am a pastor with 42 years of ministry experience. I've assisted countless individuals and families with their personal needs both through my ministry and law practice.

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 will be a voice for all the citizens of my district. I will take our shared values to Frankfort and work to assure that the laws of the Commonwealth reflect those values.


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 Disagree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Current state and federal laws prohibit gun ownership by violent offenders and those with diagnosed and verifiable mental illness. Those laws should be enforced. Generally, any additional laws prohibiting gun ownership must be avoided.


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. Abolish abortion on demand 2. Economic and insfrastructure development for my district 3. Opiod abuse eradication and rehabilitation

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

"All men are created equal..." was penned by Thomas Jefferson and is part of the Declaration of Independence. I believe these words are still true. We must protect the rights of our citizenry regardless of the color of their skin.


Background

Education
  • Somerset Community College, Somerset, KY, Associates, 1982
  • Campbellsville College, Campbellsville, KY, Bachelors, 1984
  • IU - McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN, J.D., 1995
Work & Military
  • Office of the Attorney General, Deputy, 1996-2005
  • Mark F. Polston Attorney, Solo Practicioner, 2005-2009
  • Dean Stewart Law Office, Associate, 2009-2010
Affiliations
  • General Association of Separate Baptists In Christ, Clerk
  • General Association of Separate Baptists In Christ, Moderator
  • South Kentucky Association of Separate Baptists, Pastor - Multiple Churches (Currently Calvary)
  • Central Indiana Association of Separate Baptistis, Pastor - Edinburgh Separate Baptist
  • Northeast Florida Association of Separate Baptists, Pastor -Harmony Separate Baptist
Offices
  • Kentucky State Senate, Sought 2012
 

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