Candidate Profile
Veronica Fernandez

Independent , New Jersey

Biography

Name
Veronica Fernandez
Party
Independent
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
No
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Liberal
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Bernie Sanders (2019)

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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.

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.

Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I will always vote for a woman's right to choose and will not support judicial appointments that would jeopardize this right. However, question #17 above must be considered, although an EXTREMELY RARE event, I cannot imagine not protecting. The best way to avoid abortion is to provide contraceptives for prevention of unwanted pregnancies. When I was a young woman, without a lot of money for Drs, Planned Parenthood kept me from getting pregnant. No one likes abortion, let's do everything we can to prevent them.


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?

I would make sure it is funded as a priority and pass legislation it is not to be touched. That is the wish and consensus of the vast majority of Americans who have paid into SS their entire working lives. SS is threatened by politicians who are under pressure to privatize...imagine that nightmare. Campaign finance reform will go a long way in clearing that up as well.

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

Subsidies to fossil fuel industry, healthcare industry, agri industry, etc. We are indeed the richest country in the history of the world and if everyone pays their fair share, there would be no need for cuts.

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

I don't think they should at all. However, since banking laws where changed, thanks to Wall St funding congress to the tune of $500K per day, most student loans are predatory at best and should be re-negotiated at reasonable rates. Also, predatory lenders should be held accountable and fines should be used to help bring down this debt. Also, tuition is out off control....recruitment for students is a priority, while job placement is not..one university had 1700 recruiters & 1 placement coach.


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.

Agree   

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.

Yes   

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

A lot! I want us to return to the original Pledge of Alligience and I don't believe prayer belongs in school...a moment of reflection for all those who choose to participate is enough...then they can pray or whatever they want. The founders were clear on this and there must be strong separation.


Healthcare

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

Strongly Agree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Agree   

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

This is my 2nd most important issue. 1st is campaign finance reform. I support M4A 1000%. Study after study, Dem, Republican, Independent, Bi- and non partisan show it will provide the best care at the lowest cost...over $650 Billion per year in savings...that's nearly our military budget! The reason why we are the only developed country in the world not to provide this for all Americans is because of my #1 issue...Campaign finance reform...every election, millions are paid by the healthcare/pharma industry to keep low approval rated members of congress in office so they will keep us from having the best program available, because profit, not care, is the primary concern of the healthcare industry. Healthcare is a human right!


National Security

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

Disagree   

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

No more or less than they do to help eradicate the threat of white supremacy or domestic terrorism.


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.

Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

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.

Disagree   

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

Agree   

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

I believe in strong boarders. There may be places where a wall is warranted, other areas where fencing, electronic or physical protection is best. I also believe in a strong immigration policy. The US and its foreign policy involvement in other countries has created devastation for families across the globe. All applications should be reviewed, no ban based on race, religion or country of origin.


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.

Disagree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I once heard someone say they have "A deep and abiding faith that comes and goes" and that best describes my position. I am a recovering alcoholic...32 plus years, and I have had 3 instances in my life when I cried out to God for help and received it....whether that was divine intervention or not, I cannot prove, but I prefer to believe it was. And I say that for me only. I hope that what you believe works for you and what others believe works for them. We have the right to believe whatever we want, however, no one person, ideology, or religion, has the right to claim sole "access" to a God. I believe in the values of respect, do onto others, and an open mind.


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?

Somewhat Liberal   

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

You can search my social media postings and website for my views on almost every major issue. I define myself as a fiscally conservative pragmatic progressive. If it benefits people, business and is cost effective, I'm probably for it!

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 not a typical candidate, what I am is an angry Mom and fed up taxpayer who is really worried about our future and more importantly, our children's futures. The more I learn, the more I see where special interests and big donors have control of our congress (both sides) and until we get the money out, nothing of significance will change on ANY issue, whether you are pro choice, pro life, strong 2A or anti guns, industry is calling the shots. It was bad before, but since Citizen's United, there are billions spent every election and that has got to change. I am not the perfect candidate, I am not a perfect person, but I do care....tremendously...enough to go way out of my comfort zone, lose friends, and put myself out there because I know we can do so much better. We need to be kinder to each other, respect opinions other than our own and learn to compromise. I want to live in the country I thought I lived in when I was a fifth grader in American History. Thank you!


Criminal Justice

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

No Answer   


2nd Amendment

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

Re-instate the ban on assault weapons. Gun violence is out of control and has been for too long...again, NRA and manufacturer influence w/money on congress. I support the 2nd A, but you need to be qualified including mental health, background checks, etc. If you want a gun, you need to prove, yes prove, you are not a threat.


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?

Campaign finance reform - Constitutional amended required to clear up once and for all. M4A passage Tax reform...all need to pay their fair share...too many large corps, Amazon, Chevron, Eli Lilly, etc. getting away with ZERO Fed taxes because they control congress thru donations. We are the richest country in the history of the world, but the people don't look like it, large corps do.

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

Yes it absolutely is....why...just turn on the news and read history. For far too long this racism and disparity has not been addressed from education and housing, to jobs and healthcare. I believe in reparations, but have no idea how we can honestly atone for this national disgrace. I believe Juneteenth should be a national holiday and I would love to see a panel of smart, well intentioned representatives assembled to figure out how to best go about this.


Background

Education
  • Sussex County Vo-Tech, Sparta, HS, 1977
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Washington Twsp Democrats, Candidate/Volunteer
  • Interfaith Council of Homeless Families of MC, Coordinator/Volunteer
  • American Promise, Member
  • League of Women Voters, Member
  • Delaware River Keepers, Contributor
Offices
  • none
  • Washington Twsp Committe, Sought 3
 

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