Candidate Profile
Joel Anabilah-Azumah

Other , New York


Joel Anabilah-Azumah
U.S. Rep., Dist. 9

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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.


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?

Any situation in which the baby was conceived involuntarily or because of illegal actions (such as incest or rape). The government should use all available means to get people to voluntarily reduce the conception of unwanted babies.


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


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

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Social Security must be invested in a similar manner to how insurance companies invest their assets.

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

I would end the wars in Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen in order to help balance the budget.

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

Taxpayers should help pay for student loans when they study in a field that the government deems critical. For example, the government should pay for the education of doctors and nurses because we never have enough of them.

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   

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.


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

It means that the state does not exert any control over the religious affairs of any church unless there is a public safety need.


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


I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.


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

Middlemen that do not add value to health care must be removed. Hospitals should have a fixed range of pricing for routine procedures on their website. That way, people can manage the cost of their care by cross shopping facilities. The government should not pay for drugs that are unreasonably priced and/or largely ineffective at life extension. Insurance offered through the ACA should have lower deductibles. Often, the deductible is equal to or greater than the premium paid for the policy.

National Security

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


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

The United States should stop covert usage of Islamic militants in their classified operations.


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   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly 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 Agree   

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


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

Anyone that can improve the quality of life or function of the US should be admitted. A new guest worker program should be implemented in order to address shortages of employees in certain industries while giving those people full protection under US law.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



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.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that there is a God and I am subject to his rules. My belief system is closest to a Pentecostal.


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?


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

You can see my views on multiple issues at

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Transformational policies to make America better require bipartisan cooperation and common sense policies. NYC is dominated by single party rule and bad ideas go unchallenged. I hope to change that if I am elected.

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

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

All of the necessary restrictions are already in place. The Stand Your Ground law should be national, along with the penalties for misuse of firearms.

Other Important Issues

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


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

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

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?

Introduction of term limits for Congress & Senate. A new, expanded infrastructure bill. National gun ownership reciprocity.

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

Racism is not a threat to domestic security in the United States unless it is conducted by the government. Racism by the government or its agents undermine the trust in government institutions and may trigger violence to stop it.


  • Union College, Schenectady NY, BSCE, 2005
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