Candidate Profile
Samantha Koch

Republican , Colorado

Biography

Name
Samantha Koch
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 1
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Conservative
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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.

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?

Abortion should only be considered in the cases of rape and incest. These circumstances make up smallest percentage of abortion procedures, and are the instances when it should be determined between the assault victim and a compassionate, neutral psychologist should assist her in weighing the options, discussion potential long-term psychological and physical repercussions, and ensure that a woman is making an informed decision. When it comes to a pregnancy where there are fetal abnormalities or the mothers life is in danger, that is something that she and her trusted doctor can address. In a hospital setting or an OBGYN Clinic, the determination of the state of the unborn baby, or the potential risks to the mothers life can be determined most safely and accurately, and if a plan for early delivery is what provides the best outcome for both patients, there are already medical providers ready to assist with that plan.


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?

Unnecessary personal expenditures for elected officials. Reducing government regulation and involvement in the private sector.


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.

Neutral   

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?

That government can not make laws to favor one religion over another, to declare a national religion for all people to follow, or to discriminate against the practice of particular a particular religion.


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?

We need to work with our hospitals and medical providers to streamline certain administrative procedures, to cut down on unnecessary processing costs, to require greater transparency for procedures so individuals can shop around for costs that fit their budget and insurance plans.


National Security

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

Strongly 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.

Agree   

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

I believe that those who have criminal charges, allegiance to extremist religious practices or terrorist affiliations should be disqualified from being able to immigrate to America. Other than that, anyone who takes the legal and official steps to become an American citizen should be able to do so.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree   


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.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a religious person, with strong Conservative values. I believe in limited government, and wholly support the foundation on which our country was founded. I believe in the vision that our Founding Fathers had for America, and that individual liberty, freedom of speech, second amendment rights, religious freedom and whatever the pursuit of happiness looks for each person is what contributes to a country that thrives at its highest level.


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.

I believe it is important to expect people to respect our country, and to go through the legal process to come here. We have to have measures in place to make sure that those we allow across our boarders are not coming to do harm to American citizens, are not bringing drugs into our communities, and are not attempting to traffic abducted children, teens and adults into America. Every time someone crosses our boarder illegally, it pushes another individual back further in the line who is trying to come here the right way. Every time a criminal comes into our country, they take the place of someone who wants to come here and strengthen our communities. Lets make sure that we're enforcing a fair process, to bring people here who want to join our society and lend their hand to the effort of making us a stronger nation.

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

I attended some college, I have worked in various fields and industries, I engage with people from all over the world in my current profession which gives me the opportunity to have conversations to learn about different professions, backgrounds, life experiences, concerns, and how to relate to a variety of people.

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 am a mom, a business owner, and an active member of my community. I relate to many of the issues that voters have expressed concerns about recently, and feel that connection on these issues will allow me to legislate in favor of real people, families, and business owners throughout my community. I believe in freedom, capitalism, accountability, helping those in need, and that when people have the power to make choices in every aspect of their lives, that's when our communities see their greatest successes.


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.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

Strict background checks, wait times to ensure identification and that the individual is mentally fit to own a firearm.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Neutral   

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?

Protection of school choice, education choice, and having education funds follow the individual student. Getting Coloradans back to work, repealing authoritarian restrictions on private businesses so we can get our economy up and running again. Maintaining our law enforcement system, and reexamining the areas to improve while preserving safety in our cities and neighborhoods.

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

I believe there is racism on a personal level for some individuals throughout society, which can lead to decisions being made within certain systems that give the idea that those particular systems are entirely prejudice. I see racism as a threat in the sense that we have a radical party in our political system that has focused so much on skin color, that good people have succumbed to the belief that their skin color is determinant of everything else in their lives. I think if we can get away from this hyper-focus on race, we can start to address the real causes of certain problems, and uplift struggling communities at a greater level.


Background

Education
  • Salt Lake Community College, Taylorsville, Some College
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Impact, Contributor
  • Church, Contributor
  • Bonfils Blood Center, Contributor
  • Light The World, Contributor
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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