Candidate Profile
Anthony Kern

Republican , Arizona

Biography

Panel Rating*

Very Conservative Information icon *

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

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), 2019-20:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business AZ, 2017-18:  100%
American Conservative Union AZ (ACU-AZ), 2019:  92%, 94% (cum.)

98%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Secular Coalition for Arizona, 2018:  0%
Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, 2019:  F

0%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

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
Arizona Free Enterprise Club, Arizona Right to Life Action, Center for Arizona Policy Action (CAP Action), National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

3
Arizona Farm Bureau, *Arizona Police Association, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Arizona

Reported by Candidate

3
Phoenix Councilmember Sal DiCiccio, RNC National Committeewoman Lori Klein, Paul Owens, Pastor www.freshstartaz.com

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), Paul Boyer (2014), State Republican Party Organizations (2016)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
American Legislative Exchange Council (2020), Arizona Free Enterprise Club (2020), Arizona Leadership Fund (2020)

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
International Association of Firefighters (includes national, state & local affiliates) (2019)

Summary

15%

LIBERAL

85%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

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?

Never.


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?

Most. I would ask government to operate on the numbers from the last budget cycle and freeze any new positions.


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.

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?

It means Government cannot stop religion from the public square. It is not in the Constitution but in a letter written to Danbury Baptists by Thomas Jefferson to let them know the government cannot interfere in their church services.


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?

Free market principles; competition and deregulation. Get government out of healthcare.


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 who goes through the current process and is vetted to ensure domestic security.


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.

Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ and that He died on the cross for my sin. He rose from the dead. I will live with Him in eternity. John 3:16


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.

AZ House of Representatives voting record. www.azleg.gov American Conservative Union Rating Free Enterprise Club Rating Club for Growth Fellowship Program Milton Friedman Award Liberty Award Foundation for Government Accountability Award

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

Life experience. Common Sense. Abide by principles and freedoms in the United States Constitution.

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?

Married with 4 children, 2 of which served in the United States Army. Attend Fresh Start Church in Peoria, AZ www.freshstartaz.com. I grew up in central Minnesota and have 13 brothers and sisters from two wonderful parents. I am currently a certified Law Enforcement Officer. I am currently the House Rules Chairman; House Joint Legislative Audit Committee Chairman; Vice-Chair Public Safety Committee; and serve on the Appropriations Committee, and Commerce Committee.


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?

None. I firmly believe in the Second Amendment.


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?

Immunity for small business, churches, persons, etc as it relates to Executive Orders by Governors. Privacy issues relating to personal information. Ensure a balanced budget is passed.

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

Yes. A House divided cannot stand. We are all God's creation and the media does a good job stoking racial tension on a continual basis.


Background

Education
  • Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Public Policy
  • Western International University, Phoenix, Business
  • Glendale Law Enforcement Academy, Glendale, Law Enforcement
Work & Military
  • A & J Investigations LLC, Owner, 5
  • Tombstone Arizona, Reserve Deputy Marshal, 2
Affiliations
  • Fresh Start Church Peoria AZ, Treasurer
  • Gold Canyon Heart and Home, Volunteer
Offices
  • AZ House of Representatives, Held 5
 

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