Candidate Profile
Daniel A. Fister

Republican , Kentucky

Biography

Name
Daniel A. Fister
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 56
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

4
Commonwealth Policy Center, *Freedoms Heritage Forum, Kentucky Right to Life Association (KRLA), National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

2
*Americans for Prosperity Action, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Reported by Candidate

1
Ky Right to Life

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
9
Bluegrass Committee (2018), Jerry T. Miller (2016), Kevin D. Bratcher (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Lynn Bechler (2016), Mike Harmon (2018) and 3 more

Summary

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LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

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?

I believe abortion is wrong under any circumstance.


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?

I firmly believe that if we start to address our problems instead of throwing money at them we will get a handle on our spending and our budget. For example, the longer we allow our pension system run unchecked and we continue to ignore the ARC payment ( our current Governor has proposed a budget that is $83 million short of funding it) the deeper the financial hole gets. You can’t balance a budget and control spending when you continue to create such a future liability.


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 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.

Yes   

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

To me, the phrase “separation of church and state” is nothing more that a misquote of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” has long been misconstrued by some to mean there should be a divide between religion/God and our government when in fact it only prohibits the governments ability to restrict or interfere in our religious beliefs. The 1st Amendment is there to protect our right to freely practice our religion and prohibit the government from establishing it’s own religion and requiring us to follow it.


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?

I don’t know if I have a good answer to this question. Healthcare coverage is a problem that effects everyone including me and my family. I do believe that many of the problems we face in healthcare today are because of government’s involvement and that it’s not a function of government to promote healthcare. In many ways, I believe that free market forces could solve many of the problems we face in healthcare if we could get government out of the way.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Anyone that is willing to immigrate to the United States in accordance with our laws should be welcomed and allowed to do so.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am Catholic. I am a very Pro-God, Pro-Life Christian who believes very strongly in the right of everyone to practice their religious beliefs, even if they may differ from my own. I do not believe the Government or any individual has the right to require anyone to act in a manner contrary to those beliefs.


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 Conservative   

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

Please see my website: DanFister.Com and /or my Facebook Page: Dan Fister for KY State Representative

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

I believe that my 44 years of experience owning and operating my own businesses, my volunteer service to our community through my work with non-profits and civic organizations, and my vested interest in the future of our children and grandchildren have not only prepared me to be a State Representative, but has given me the necessary skills and motivation to succeed in the office.

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?

While the process of choosing our Representatives is deeply rooted in partisan politics, I believe the job of our Representatives is to represent the people of the District regardless of their Party affiliation. Bad roads and “red tape” effect us all equally and I will strive to represent ALL the people of the 56th District when elected. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of help to you.


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 Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

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

I don’t believe new restrictions on gun ownership will improve public safety in any way. In fact, I believe restrictions on the law abiding citizen’s ability to own guns will actually have the opposite effect and will increase crime and criminal activity in our communities.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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?

I don’t know if I can prioritize these other than to say they are equally important for different reasons. Tax reform, we need a fair tax that doesn’t penalize people for earning and saving money. Education, I think our one size fits all system is failing many of our children and has become ridiculously expensive. Fix our pension system so we can get a handle on our budget and control our spending. And finally get out of the way of business so they can create jobs and grow our economy.

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

Yes. Any mechanism that can be used to alienate us as Americans from each other can be used to threaten our “domestic security.”


Background

Education
  • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Ky, BBA, 1992
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Central Ky Right to Life, Board Member
  • Woodford Co. Republican Party, Chairman
  • Knights of Columbus, Trustee, Grand Knight - 3 terms
  • Bluegrass Sportsman’s League, Pres - 5 terms, Treas - 2 terms, BOD - 18 years
  • League of Ky Sportsmen, Board of Directors - 2 terms
  • Ky Land Heritage Fund Board, Board Member
  • Friends of NRA, Committee Member
Offices
  • State Representative, Sought 2018
  • State Representative, Sought 2016
 

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