Candidate Profile
John Ritter

Republican , Pennsylvania

Biography

Name
John Ritter
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 25
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

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

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

1
Monroeville Republican Committee

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2016)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Questionnaire*

*The questionaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
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?

A fetus may be removed that has already died, for example, death by natural causes, or death by other types of unforeseen circumstances (such as car accidents). Abortion, that is, the abortion of a person's life -- involves at least four primary individuals (without which, an abortion cannot occur): A father, a mother, a baby, and a person who performs the abortion. A baby's father or mother should not be aborted unless proven guilty of a capital crime by a jury of its peers in a court of law. A person who performs an abortion should not be aborted unless proven guilty of a capital crime by a jury of his/her peers in a court of law. A baby who is in the womb should not be aborted unless proven guilty of a capital crime by a jury of his/her peers in a court of law. This analysis (though seemingly quite strained) begs the underlying question: Does all human life have equal dignity?


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?

Many government institutions might function better if their core or supportive operations were handled in the private sector (the "minimal governance" component being relegated to the government).


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 term "separation of church and state" is a logically incoherent term-of-art, often used by people as a means of bending the concepts of church and state to their perception of each -- and attempting to impose their interpretations on others. The concept is not found in the scriptures -- nor in the mind of God -- nor in the Person (Jesus) who is the simultaneously and inseparately the head of the church (His Body) and who is the King of the kings of the Earth.


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?

Private insurance is preferable to public healthcare economic coverage; however, public healthcare coverage should be available to provide a minimal and temporary safety net when other means prove to be inadequate.


National Security

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

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?

People who seek to become U.S. citizens should be allowed to do so -- within the law.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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.

God the Father, in an ultimate demonstration of His goodness, sent His Son Jesus Christ to become a man and take on the punishment for man's sins. Jesus, in an ultimate demonstration of His love, laid down His life for mankind on the cross. The Holy Spirit, in an ultimate act of His justice, mercy, and power, raised Jesus from the dead and applied Jesus' redemptive payment towards me -- a sinner -- by re-creating me as a new person, a child of God. Jesus, in an ultimate act of joy, filled me with His Holy Spirit.


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.

www.RitterForRep.com website; and "Ritter For Rep PA 25th" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ritter-for-Rep-PA-25th-106330271244204/

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

Education: Three college degrees. Experience: a lifetime of volunteer service and leadership.

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 would count it an honor and a trust to serve our community.


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.

Neutral   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

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

Long-standing, traditional, existing laws are adequate. Criminal use of guns must be opposed.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Neutral   

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?

School Health Innovations (leveraging technology). Education reform. Support for businesses.

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

Racism is (one of many) symptoms that reveal the general unhappiness and discontent of mankind.


Background

Education
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, M.S., 1989
  • Indiana Univ of PA, Indiana, B.A., 1985
  • Slippery Rock Univ, Slippery Rock, B.S., 1976
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Gateway School District, Monroeville, PA, School Board member
  • Western PA HIMSS, Board of Directors
  • Monroeville Assembly of God, Past Worship Leader
  • Monroeville Republican Committee, Past Vice Chair; Past Secretary
  • Health Level Seven, International, Co-Chair and Educator
Offices
  • School Director, Held 4
  • PA State Representative, Sought 2014
  • Mayor, Sought 2013
 

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