Candidate Profile
Clarke Sanders

Republican , Kansas

Biography

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
Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, Kansans for Life PAC, *National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF

Others

2
Kansas Chamber PAC, Kansas Farm Bureau

Reported by Candidate

3
Kansans for Life PAC, Kansas NRA, Salinans for Life

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?

To save the PHYSICAL life of the mother.


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?

Legislature working overtime for starters.


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?

I believe in freedom OF religion and not freedom FROM 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?

I would find colleagues in the Legislature more versed on how to accomplish this goal and work with them.


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.

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?

Anybody who legally applies and agrees to follow the laws of our land.


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.

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 believe in God. I believe Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I believe the Holy Spirit is at work in my life. I'm a lifelong Presbyterian. I attend worship every week (when offered) and on other occasions such as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. I am an Authorized Lay Preacher in the Presbytery of Northern Kansas. This allows me to fill in on Sunday mornings when the regular pastor is gone due to vacation or other reasons.


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.

Kansans for Life PAC endorsement. NRA of Kansas endorsement. I did a talk show on KSAL Radio for over 20 years (before retiring in April of 2020). Anybody who spent any time listening to me on the radio knows how conservative I am. Well known Kansas political writer Martin Hawver once referred to me as "Salina's Rush Limbaugh".

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

45 years in broadcasting, including 41 in Kansas, has given me a very good idea of the pulse of the 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 put "No Answer" to the question "Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?" because my answer is "Yes", but ONLY with proper training. I would appreciate your vote and if you have any questions or comments for me, please call me on my cellphone: 785-577-4604


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?

No Answer   

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

Reasonable background checks.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

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?

1. Pro-life legislation with a huge emphasis on getting the "Value Them Both" Amendment on an August ballot. 2. Deregulation 3. Creating rules to ensure that the Legislature gets it's work done in a timely manner.

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

Racism is a bad thing. In and of itself it is not a threat to domestic security, but extremists do create threats. I don't believe in the concept of "hate crimes" because we don't need "thought police". I do believe some people commit crimes because they are racist and should be, if convicted, punished appropriately.


Background

Education
  • Harper Jr. College, Palatine, IL, None, '75
Work & Military
  • KGNO Radio, Broadcaster & Manager, 1978-85
  • KSAL Radio, Broadcaster & Manager, 1985~2020
  • KILS Radio, General Manager, 1993-97
Affiliations
  • Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Elder & Sunday School Teacher
  • Salinans for Life, President
  • Saline County Republican Party, Chairman from 2010 to 2020
  • Project Salina (helps feed the hungry), Board Member & Past President
  • Sallina Area Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador/Volunteer
  • Salina Community Theatre, Past volunteer/Actor
Offices
  • Kansas House 69, Sought 1992
  • Kansas Senate 24, Sought 2000
 

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