Candidate Profile
Jeff Coen

Republican , Kansas

Biography

Name
Jeff Coen
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 53
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

2
Kansans for Life PAC, *National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)

Reported by Candidate

2
Kansans for Life, National Foundation of Independent Businesses

Questionnaire*

*The questionaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
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?

Too many times, abortion is used as a contraceptive/birth control, and that should not be, and a life is terminated.


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?

There is so much extra spending, it's not even funny. I was a State employee at one time, and had a Department Director call me because they had to spend such and such amount of money before Friday. I wish we had a plan to reward state employees that discover savings with a monetary reward. I would bet all kinds of savings ideas would come to light if we let State workers join in the process.


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?

"Separation of Church and State" means the pastor shouldn't be telling the congregation "who" to vote for. But for some reason, the Church doesn't even talk about politics at all. As a matter of fact, many churches run away from politics so much so that you wouldn't even know there was an election coming. Pastors are generally afraid of the Government taking away their tax free benefits.


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 think expanding Medicaid is the right direction for Kansas, especially since our Medicaid system is already a broken system. I have a child who falls in the high health risk category, and we are on Kansas Medicaid because their medicine is $3,000 per month. When signing up for Medicaid, the Kansas Medicaid processing center lost our paperwork twice, even though we hand-delivered the paperwork to the clearing house, twice. Their systems are so overloaded that it wouldn't be a good idea to put more people on this broken system. Then Medicaid denies to pay the medicine about every quarter and we have to call and explain why this is life-saving medicine needs to be delivered every 30 days.


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?

Any law abiding person who wants to make a better life for themselves.


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 am a preacher's kid, I was baptized as a kid, and was raised in the Church. I currently serve the Lord at Grace Point Church in Topeka in the band and welcoming committee.


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.

There were 5 instances in 2019 when I voted against property tax increases. There were more times in other years, but here's a link to show my conservative stance on economic matters: https://www.cjonline.com/news/20190212/city-governing-body-rejects-property-tax-hike-for-topeka-metro-bus-service Then at the end of my term, I was the Chair of the Policy and Finance Committee and fought the social justice warriors when it came to forcing Topeka businesses to have LGBT preferences in their hiring practices. https://www.cjonline.com/news/20191111/city-committee-to-discuss-expanding-list-of-protected-classes-in-topeka Our effort to stop it succeeded.

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

I was a Topeka City Councilman from 2-15-2020 and Deputy Mayor of Topeka in 2017. I know how to reach across the aisle to get the job done. I sponsored the Topeka Public Nudity Ban, which had been tried multiple times. I got it passed unanimously (which never happens with policy issues).https://www.cjonline.com/article/20150818/NEWS/308189750

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 pro life, pro 2nd amendment. A Christian, A husband and father to 2 girls. I am ready to serve the constituents in District 53.


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 think that any restrictions should be made for firearm ownership at this time.


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?

1. I would support The Value Them Both Amendment 2. We need to do something about transgender males competing in female sports. 3. I wish we could go back to having Civics class in High School instead of "Social Studies". The kids graduating have no clue why everyone wants to come to America, why our country is the best in the world, and students certainly don't know their rights as a citizen.

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

There seems to be a lot of demand for racism and stories of racism. But the demand seems to exceed the supply of real racist actions and stories.


Background

Education
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, 1989
  • Washburn University, Topeka, 1991
Work & Military
  • Kaw Area Technical School, 1993-1995
Affiliations
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, Advisory Board Member
  • Topeka High Web and Digital Advisory Board, Advisory Board Member
  • Shawnee Heights Digital Advisory Board, Advisory Board Member
  • The Arthritis Foundation of Kansas City
  • Sons of the American Legion, Member
  • JEDO Voting Board Member, 2015 and 2016
  • GoTopeka Board of Directors, 2015
  • Kansas Expocentre Advisory Board, 2016-2020
Offices
  • Topeka City Council, Held 2015-2020
  • Deputy Mayor of Topeka, Held 2017
  • Shawnee County Commissioner, Sought 2017
 

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