Candidate Profile
Shawn McPherson

Republican , Kentucky

Biography

Panel Rating*

Conservative
(Conditional) *

*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)

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
James R. Comer Jr. (2014)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
David Givens (2008), James R. Comer Jr. (2008), State Republican Party Organizations (2008)

Summary

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LIBERAL

100%

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?

I believe life begins at conception. Therefore, only to protect the mothers life deemed necessary to save the mother's life.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Neutral   

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?

I would continue to look through all sectors in order to tighten our belt. I would in normal times be tougher on unemployment claims. I would introduce legislation that requires individuals that are capable of working, to work for their check in a way that does not penalize them for showing income on a sliding scale from 1 to possibly 2 times the poverty level.


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?

It means that the state does not tell the churches that they can or cannot worship. It means that we have freedoms of religion and speech. It protects both the church from the state and the state from the church.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Neutral   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I feel it needs to be in the competitive open market, with different plans that fit peoples needs. Example catastrophic affordable plan for young healthy adults.


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?

Anyone who is properly vetted through the legal channels of the United States.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Neutral   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

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 that the Bible is God's inspired word. I believe that when we reach the age of knowing right from wrong we are all then accountable for our sins. I believe that the Bible teaches us through baptism and obedience that we can all be forgiven for our sins. I believe that we should utilize the examples set by Christ. We should love God with all our heart, mind and spirit and we should love our neighbor as our self.


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.

First and foremost I serve as an Elder at the Scottsville Church of Christ. Currently I am a member of the NRA. Life long Republican, I have not missed an election since voting for Reagan in the Primary when I was 17 years old.

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

B.S. and M.S. degrees for Western Kentucky University in Agriculture Raised on a diversified dairy farm. Worked at the KY DOT as a staff appraiser for approximately 7 years. At age 30 I left KY DOT and started my own Appraisal business and have ran successfully for the past 25 years. I have served as CFO for family businesses in Health Care for the past 20 years. Charter member of the Ag Development Board, serving and vice chairman and chairman. Twenty five year chairman of the Ag Extension Board of Allen County Twenty seven year Treasurer of the Volunteer Meador Fire Dept. Severed and member of the Foster Care Review Board. Second term of serving on the Allen County PVA tax appeal board.

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?

Every since my time as a employee of the KY DOT I have enjoyed advocating for people and projects. I have used these skills in my daily work and in my community service. I feel like with my age and experience along with being married for 30 years, raising 4 daughters and having 2 grandchildren I have the experience, skills and dedication to be your Representative in Frankfort.


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?

Convicted felons


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?

Repeal planned parenthood abortion clinics. Tax structure that favors job creation. Expand high speed internet to all counties.

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

I consider Isis a form of racism, therefore I think it is a threat to our domestic security.


Background

Education
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, BS, 1987
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, MS, 1992
Work & Military
  • Kentucky DOT, Staff Appraiser, 1989-1995
  • McPherson Appraisal Service Inc., Owner, 1995-Present
  • family assisted living, CFO/Owner, 2000-Present
Affiliations
  • UK Extension Office, Chairman of Board
  • Tax Appeal Board, Member
  • Allen County Republican Party, Member
  • Meador Volunteer Fire Department, Treasurer
  • Scottsville Church of Christ, Elder
Offices
  • House Seat 22, Sought 2008
 

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