Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
iVoterGuide Note: "We must protect human life from conception to natural death." §§ "We must also protect Texans to ensure that hospitals cannot remove life sustaining treatment from Texans without the patient’s permission." Issues-Life.Candidate website. https://shelleyluther.org/issues/ Source
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Never. A tubal ligation, which to me is not considered a pregnancy that is viable, may be removed to protect the mother's life.
iVoterGuide Note: "Abortion is murder and we must stop killing children in Texas. I will defend the unborn at every level and fight to end this atrocity in our state." Issues-Life. Candidate website. https://shelleyluther.org/issues/ Source
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
iVoterGuide Note: "Politicians in Austin love to tell us about all the property tax reform they do for us, but our property taxes keep going up. I want real property tax relief that lowers your bill. We must stop taxing people out of their homes." Issues-Lower Property Taxes.Candidate website. https://shelleyluther.org/issues/ Source
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
Welfare, food, housing, schooling for illegal immigrants, taxpayer-funded lobbying, corporate welfare and subsidies, omitting programs that should not be government funded, eliminating state-mandated testing, and creating more local control of government.
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.
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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
The government does not have the authority to shut a church down or keep a church service from happening.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I would increase access to telemedicine and other healthcare efficiencies while lowering state regulations on healthcare professionals so they can concentrate on patient care.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
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.
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.
Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?
Immigrants that legally go through the process of becoming a United States citizen should be allowed to live in the U.S. If that person happens to commit a felony or he/she publicly denounces our country or flag, that person should lose residency and be deported.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.
I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.
Promotion of the LGBT agenda in public schools, including teaching of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, is completely inappropriate and should be opposed at the state and local level.
iVoterGuide Note: "We must ban the sexual transitioning of children. In North Texas today we have boys and girls as young as 3 being transitioned to the opposite of their God-given gender. This is wrong and must end". Issues-Transgender Ideology. Candidate-website.https://shelleyluther.org/issues/ Source
I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe that God is the center of all decisions and outcomes. His plan is already in place, and we are to follow Him and listen to his guidance. The Republican, Conservative party is a great example of leading with God's example.
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?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
On my website, shelleyluther.org you can find my very conservative platform.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
My father is a 26 year Marine veteran so I understand the importance of The Constitution and our freedom. I was also a Public School Teacher for 13 years and wrote curriculum for the last district in which I worked. I am a small business owner, a mom, and I was the only person to stand up to the government overreach and go to jail fighting for liberty.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am not a career politician, and hope to challenge our current government to listen to We the People. Career politicians have become too disconnected with the communities they represent, and it's time for regular citizens to step in and be a voice for the people.
iVoterGuide Note: "The role of government is to protect the rights and liberties of citizens. Government that reaches beyond this core role begins to not only erode the rights of people, but it has the ability to threaten all of our lives and livelihoods. We must restrain government".Issues-Role of Government. Candidate website. https://shelleyluther.org/issues/ §§ "We must end taxpayer-funded lobbying. Right now, politicians are working to ensure that lobbyists get your tax dollars, and then use it to work against your best interests. Those same lobbyists then employ and donate back to politicians. We must end the corruption". Issues-Abolish taxpayer-funded lobbying. Candidate website. https://shelleyluther.org/issues/ Source
I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
I support Constitutional Carry, meaning if someone can legally purchase a gun, there should be zero restrictions on the type of gun or ammo, no permits or licensing, and he/she can carry it anywhere with no governmental fees.
iVoterGuide Note: "Your second amendment right is essential. I will fight to ensure that Texas leads with pro-gun laws by passing Constitutional Carry, legislation that is already in 15 other states. If you can legally purchase a firearm, you should be able to legally carry that firearm without having to pay the government and get permission." Issues-2nd Amendment.Candidate website. https://shelleyluther.org/issues/ Source
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
The Electoral College should be abolished.
In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?
Prevent government overreach, shutdowns, and mask mandates from ever happening again. Abolish abortion Constitutional carry
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
Yes, Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a Marxist, domestic terrorist group that threatens security in the United States. Part of their agenda is to defund the police and violence is their answer to everything. It must become a criminal offense to loot, riot or destruct the property of anyone, and also criminals who endanger the lives of others (especially police officers) should be held criminally responsible.