Candidate Profile
Michael Koontz

Republican , New Jersey

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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.

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 Disagree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only at a Time when the mother's life is at risk or the mother is suffering from both a mental or health issue that places her and the human unborn is threatened. These are only under extreme circumstances.


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   

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

5-7 % of the State workforce and audit the entire state cutting back sweetheart deals, pork, and programs that breed waste. Let's get the funds in working people's pockets. Stop the waste.


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.

Neutral   

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?

Simple the Laws of God and Nature should not be challenged by Government as long as there is no personal wrongdoing or criminality in houses of worship. It also means that you can not impose your religious belief on our Government but understand that this country was founded on the Principles of God Read Madison and Adams Without God as a standard we have no Country we have no virtue.


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?

Most health care is available through both Fed, State, and County levels for those who need them. No one is turned away at the ER or a means of paying for extreme medical care through medical programs and safety net on State level. You need to know. Employers should provide health care for their employees along with Government employment. But personal health care should remain open to free enterprise system of choosing the best for you.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

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 Disagree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Only through Title 8 Sec 1325 only with the documentation and following normal advances into naturalization as all people must follow otherwise you will mass confusion and undesirables entering our country including drug dealers, Sex Traffickers, and gangs and bankrupting our country and security. Wait in Mexico or in your country and apply for your hearing and wait. These are the laws and it benefits everyone. I would also support ICE in finding and deporting immigrants who have committed crimes or are illegal. ICE is protecting you.


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that 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.

Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

That God exists in our life both in our waking time and sleeping time and should be followed in spirit and as an understanding of right living and making your journey productive for yourself and others in order to ascend to a greater place we call heaven. Your way to get there is through your choice of spiritual practice.


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.

Fiscal Conservativism means just that Conserving in one's life so waste does not become an option this leads to self-empowerment and freedom, liberty, and sharing with others. I follow these ideals as closely as possible.

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

Education is all good and I have learned much in school and advanced education however it will never take the place of experience. My leadership roles in Business, Entertainment, and Creative roles have shaped my leadership abilities to move forward for the betterment of all during hard times and good times Remember a challenge is simply an opportunity.

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?

Just that I will work tirelessly with every member of the community to solve issues until they are solved and find opportunities for all to increase their success and independence through hard work and persistent focus. Or I won't take a penny salary. Let's solve problems for all. And make the 37th District Strong Again. Thanks


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   

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

State registration of firearms and personal history check to determine mental illness or past criminal behavior. Out of all the criminal behavior that includes firearms the weapons are usually illegal. I am a great supporter in the 2nd amendment.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Agree   

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?

Property Tax Averaging and reviewing Abbott Districts limiting low property taxes while others pay the costs. This enhances real state developers who buy properties in these districts and do it as a benefit to themselves to sell properties with low taxes as an incentive. It's not fair I also believe we can have higher rebates by cutting spending. A bill that limits the Critical Race Curriculum and gives choices to parents, not bureaucrats There is only one ism Americanism for all people today. I am a firm believer in IR Initiative and Referendum let voters decide at the ballot box on issues on important issues, not politicians. Remove the tolls on GSP finally. And cap gas tax with accountability.

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

No Its a Political Narrative made up of trouble makers and Radicals who seek to defend a personal cause for power and fame. Is there racism? Yes, and there are laws in place that would punish any individual who uses physical force or corruption in any area of society from housing to education to access and those will be punished to the letter of the law. But the narrative spun today is false and for political gain and to divide our people whatever complexion and religion. All lies and supported by many politicians. Most Democrats what to divide through conflict, not common alliances.


Background

Education
  • NVRHS, Demarest, HD, 1972
  • Ramapo State College, Mahwah, BA, 1979
  • School Visual, New York City, MCA, 1981
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Students For Reagan, Presidential Election Volunteer
  • County Organizer Ross Perot, Less Government more business
  • Senior Food Bank Cresskill, Re-organizer and active member
  • National Arts Organizer, Director
  • National Food Week, Director
Offices
  • Governor NJ, Sought 2001
  • US Congress, Sought 1998
 

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