Candidate Profile
Ben Toma

Republican , Arizona

Biography

Name
Ben Toma
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 22
Incumbent
Yes
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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.

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:  87%, 91% (cum.)

97%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

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

12%

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

4
Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Nurses Association PAC, *Arizona Police Association, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Arizona

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
3
Debbie Lesko (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2018), Trent Franks (2015)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Arizona Free Enterprise Club (2020), Arizona Leadership Fund (2020), Arizonans for Stronger Universities (2020)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

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?

Only if the mother's life is at risk.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

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?

We have a balanced budget here in Arizona and I will never support deficit spending.


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?

It is a reference to a judicial opinion. I agree that the state should avoid promoting any specific religion, but eliminating religion from the public sphere is wrong and frankly, impossible.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

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

Allow free market choices in healthcare coverage including higher deductible plans, and increase cost transparency in combination with incentives to keep costs from escalating.


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?

We are a nation of immigrants and should continue to welcome legal immigration. We should prioritize and expand immigration to those that share our values. We should also prioritize merit based acceptance...all while working to secure our borders.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

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.

Bible-believing Christian.


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.

My voting record is publicly available in a number of places, including the AZLEG.GOV site.

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

Have held this position for 3 years now and have a proven record of success.

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?

Happy to answer any specific questions via phone, text, or email at bentoma@gmail.com or (602)492-2620


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. The 2nd amendment should be respected.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

I will continue to pursue what I have been working on: decrease regulation, improve tax policy, and protect personal and parental rights.

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

Racism should never be tolerated in a just society. That said, I do not think it is currently a major threat to domestic security.


Background

Education
  • Arizona State University, Phoenix, BA, Interdisciplinary Studies
Work & Military
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Affiliations
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Offices
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