Candidate Profile
Gary Swing

Other , Colorado

Biography

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Endorsements

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New Progressive Alliance

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Green Party (2017)

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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?

Abortion should only be allowed in cases involving pregnancy.


Economy

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

Agree   

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

Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

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

I would greatly reduce the military budget and eliminate subsides for fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and animal agriculture. Under normal circumstances, I would also eliminate corporate welfare, although the current state of emergency should be taken into consideration.

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

I support public funding for higher education, including paying off existing student loans.


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.

No Answer   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Disagree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

No Answer   

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

There should be a wall of separation between church and state. Government should make no establishment of religion, nor shall it prohibit the free exercise of religion.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Agree   

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

I support a single-payer "Medicare for All" national health insurance program.


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?

U.S. military imperialism has been responsible for the indiscriminate mass murder of millions of Muslims. This War of Terror must stop. The United States should end its illegal, immoral wars of aggression, shut down all foreign military bases, strictly limit its armed forces to non-offensive defense of U.S. territory, end foreign military aid, abolish the CIA, stop interfering in the elections of other nations, and pursue a foreign policy of nonviolence, humanitarian aid, and respect for human rights and political self-determination for all peoples. The U.S. should provide funding for a program to eliminate world hunger and to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of the world. Ending U.S.military imperialism and pursuing a peaceful, humanitarian foreign policy would go a long way towards reducing violent backlash against the United States.


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.

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.

Disagree   

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

Under normal circumstances, I support freedom of travel and migration with international work permits available that are not tied to a specific employer. The current pandemic has created a state of emergency that requires responsible medical advice and oversight to protect public health and safety.


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 am a humanist atheist who attended services at a Buddhist temple prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.

See my campaign website at www.theswingvote.wixsite.com/unity

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?

We should abolish weapons of mass destruction and uphold the Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawing war. I support public campaign financing, campaign spending limits, equal time for qualified candidates, open debates including ballot-qualified alternative party candidates, and verifiable ballots. I support political self-determination for all peoples. I support carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in the cost of new products. We need to reduce our per capita ecological footprint and develop a “steady-state” economy based on principles of environmental sustainability. We should stop subsidizing fossil fuels and nuclear energy. We should convert to a 100% renewable energy economy by 2030, relying upon solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal power. I support the Green New Deal advocated by Jill Stein. See www.jill2016.com/greennewdeal I support equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Privately run prisons should be eliminated.


Criminal Justice

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

Disagree   


2nd Amendment

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

Criminal background checks and firearm safety certification should be required before purchasing a gun.


Other Important Issues

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

Agree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

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

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?

1) Environmental policy to transition to a "steady state" economy based upon ecological sustainability. 2) Ending U.S. military imperialism and wars of aggression. 3) Election reform: a) Abolish the U.S. Senate. b) Elect the U.S. House of Representatives by a national open party list system of proportional representation that allows any party receiving at least two percent of the party list vote to win seats in proportion to its share of the vote. c) Eliminate presidential elections and establish a parliamentary system of government. A chief executive with strictly limited authority would be chosen by Congress. The chief executive could be removed from office at any time by a majority vote of no confidence by members of Congress. d) Require that a new Constitutional Convention must be held at least once every twenty years to give each generation the opportunity to design its own system of government. e) Institute a national initiative and referendum system..

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

Yes. The United States has the highest per capita level of incarceration per capita of any nation in the world. People of color face a disproportionate rate of incarceration. The thirteenth amendment prohibits slavery except as punishment for conviction of a crime. We now have privatized prisons and contractually obligated unpaid prison labor designed to benefit private corporations. Police brutality is a serious problem. People of color remain under-represented in elected offices.


Background

Education
  • University of Colorado, Denver, Masters Publlic Administration, 1999
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, BA Political Science, 1991
Work & Military
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