Candidate Profile
Timothy Runkle

Green , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
Timothy Runkle
Party
Green
Race
Treasurer
Incumbent
No
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Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Green Party (2020)

Summary

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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?

Women's right to control their bodies is non-negotiable. It is essential that the option of a safe, legal abortion remains available. The "morning-after" pill must be affordable and easily accessible without a prescription, together with a government-sponsored public relations campaign to educate women about this form of contraception. Clinics must be accessible and must offer advice on contraception and the means for contraception; consultation about abortion and the performance of abortions, and; abortion regardless of age or marital status


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.

Neutral   

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

We must first address fair taxation. Update our tax code to allow for an equitable graduated tax rate structure and address loopholes in corporate taxes. Institute an equitable graduated tax rate on income. Repeal the ‘uniformity clause’ in the PA Constitution allowing for an increased tax rate on income from wealth. Institute ‘combined reporting’ for the corporate net income tax. Combined reporting captures the actual profit of the product and requires a state tax on the total profit.


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   

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.

Strongly Disagree   

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 United States Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of religion. I affirm the right of each individual to the exercise of conscience and religion, while maintaining the constitutionally mandated separation of government and religion. I believe that federal, state, and local governments must remain neutral regarding religion.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Healthcare is a human right and can be best managed through a national single-payer healthcare system. The for-profit healthcare experiment has failed to provide adequate, affordable or accessible healthcare for all.


National Security

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

Strongly Disagree   


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.

Disagree   

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   

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

The question should not be who should be allowed the question should be how much immigration can the U.S. sustain. Many areas Pennsylvania, for example Lancaster City, have experienced great economic and cultural benefit due to solid immigration programs. However immigration must be balanced with existing communities so not to create unsustainable stresses on local economies, school districts, and public services.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Agree   


Values

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

Strongly 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 was raised Christian, within the Church of the Brethren, whom I attribute my passion for Christ and the values of Peace, Social Justice, Ecology, and a peoples' Democracy.


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.

Most people will describe my views as very liberal in the sense that they are traditionally applied. However my views, just like many others, are inadequately characterized as by a liberal-conservative scale. For instance I believe that all individuals have the right to self-determination however we all have a responsibility to one another to provide social safety nets that strengthen and bond us as a community.

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

I've years of treasury experience through my position within the political party and my professional career has made me skilled in customer service, strategic planning, project planning, and project management. The State Treasurer office is functionally a project management position. They who sit in the treasury seat must be able to manage a staff of professionals in order to best manage the monies of the commonwealth. My abilities to move projects from conception to completion with strong look backs and detailed audits is a best practice that will ensure the Commonwealth treasury is well managed.

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?

National polling indicates that nearly 40% of Americans believe the two party system is failing and that a third major party is necessary (Hart Research Assoc 2019). This position is held by 62% of independents, 37% of democrats, and 31% of republicans. Partisan powerhouses have created vast areas of the state where people feel that their vote has no impact on elections. In the US, total eligible voters compared to voter turnout lags behind other countries with multi-party systems (PEW 2018). This allows a small fraction of our population to decide our elections. Therefore, we must create an alternative to the two party system which is presently dominated by the old parties.


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?

No   

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

Address the loophole question once and for all. Integrate state and federal databases to ensure background checks are sufficient. Public safety from violence due to firearms will be best addressed by addressing the war culture caused by decades of foreign wars and domestic state violence has made common.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Agree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

The office of State Treasure does not propose or author legislation. However, I will focus my efforts on detailing how the Commonwealth generates and spends around these three issues. 1- Preparing the Commonwealth for a Green New Deal economy 2- Restructuring our outdated tax code 3- Criminal justice reform

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

Racism is a threat to the domestic well-being of the United States. Until reparations are made to the many peoples whom were violated by the United States the inequities and structures that create civil unrest will persist.


Background

Education
  • Millersville University, Millersville, PA, BS, 2009
Work & Military
  • Environmental Project Manager
Affiliations
  • Green Party of Pennsylvania, Treasurer
  • Lancaster County Green Party, Co-Chair
Offices
  • Judge of Elections, Held 2017
  • Elizabethtown Borough Council, Sought 2017
  • Elizabethtown Tax Collector, Sought 2019
 

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