Candidate Profile
John Carl Hjersman

Libertarian , Colorado


John Carl Hjersman
State Rep., Dist. 16

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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.


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.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

When the pregnant woman finds it necessary to make that heart-wrenching decision.


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?

I would attempt to reduce support to any agency or project that fails to provide real value to the people of Colorado. These entities would be identified by a task force.

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 Disagree   

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 religion is neither encouraged nor discouraged by government agencies. That means that churches should get no tax exemptions and should be unrestricted in political activities. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion go hand in hand. Religious activity that is illegal should receive discipline based on the act, not the religious affiliation.


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?

I would support removing healthcare coverage for all except for catastrophic coverage. I would support price transparency for all health services to encourage competition and would discourage inefficient (all) red tape.

National Security

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



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.


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.


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

Anyone who would not burden or endanger society. Thus, the unemployable should be discouraged and criminals should be banned.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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


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 humanity prospers best when allowed to freely engage in voluntary exchange of ideas and property and that no one has the right to initiate aggression against another.


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?

Somewhat Conservative   

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

I am a slightly right-leaning Libertarian who serves on the Board of that party.

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

My education is mechanical engineering. My career experience is managing and being accountable for a department of from 8 to 18 men.

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?

Elected officials are public servants, not rulers. I would oppose any legislation that denies individual rights or that grants special privileges to any individual or organization.

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?


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

The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Agree   

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?

Identify and remove legislation, including bureaucratic entities, that have been shown to be ineffective in efficiently accomplishing the goals for which they were created. Repeal of red flag laws. Eliminate barriers to private or home schooling.

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

Of course it is. Being denied equal treatment under the law as well as socially causes resentment. Such simmering resentment can erupt in violence. I do not excuse violence for this or any reason other than defense of self, others, or property.


  • US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, BS, 1968
Work & Military
  • USNR, Lieutenant JG, 3
  • Libertarian Party of Colorado, Treasurer
  • Libertarian Party of El Paso County, Treasurer
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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