Candidate Profile
David Black

Green , Illinois

Biography

Name
David Black
Party
Green
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Green Party (2019)

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

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.

Disagree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Disagree   

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.

Disagree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

This should be a decision between a woman and her physician.


Economy

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

Strongly Agree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Raise the threshold to allows the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Military

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

All circumstances.


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 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.

No   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

It means that individuals have protected religious freedoms, but the government does not aid any particular religion.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Agree   

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

I strongly support improved Medicare for all.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Disagree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

I don't see this as a primary threat we face.


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 Disagree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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 Disagree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Anyone needing protection from threats in their home countries should be allowed to enter the United States.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree   


Values

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

Disagree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I strongly value human life and justice for all. My spirituality primarily based on nature on service to mankind.


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 Liberal   

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

I have consistently opposed war in any form, I provide free legal services to people with criminal records, I have twice assisted asylum seekers in Tijuana.

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 support equal treatment of Israel and Palestine.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Disagree   


2nd Amendment

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

At the very least, a ban on assault weapons and universal background checks.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Agree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Agree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Agree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Improved Medicare for all. Cuts in the military budget. Legal status for childhood arrivals ("Dreamers")

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

Yes. We will not end the current unrest until we end racism.


Background

Education
  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, JD, 1979
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, PhD, 1975
  • Oakland University, Rockester, MA, 1972
Work & Military
  • UAW-Chrysler Legal Services, Managing Attorney, 37
Affiliations
  • Illinois Green Party, Secretary, candidate
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Pro bono volunteer
Offices
  • Illinois Attorney General, Sought 1996, 2000
 

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