Candidate Profile
Erik Simonsen

Republican , New Jersey

Biography

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Endorsements

Liberals

1
New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)
 

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.

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?

In cases of rape, incest, or 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   

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   

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

Trenton Democrats' tax and spend agenda is crippling the middle class and hard working families of New Jersey. It is well past-time we fight and advocate for “taxpayer justice” by eliminating pork spending in our budget, fighting to lower property taxes by reforming our school funding formula, and fixing our broken state pension system.


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.

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.

Disagree   

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?

The concept of a “separation of church and state” reinforces the constitutional right of a citizen to freely express their faith, without fear of government coercion.


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?

Trenton and Washington politicians should not have their hands on healthcare. Our government is too ineffective and bureaucratic to ensure citizens are receiving quality, affordable healthcare. In order to begin reforming healthcare I support, promoting competition between health insurance and pharmaceutical companies, reforming the Medicare payment system, and establishing clear standards of care.


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.

Agree   

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

Anyone who abides by our immigration laws and travels to the United States the right way should have the ability to become a US citizen.


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.

Neutral   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

The right to practice faith is a large part of what makes our nation so great. As an Ordained Deacon at Macedonia Baptist Church in Cape May, I know first hand the great impact faith has in our lives.


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.

Our team has been fighting for the New Jersey taxpayer against Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats radical liberal policies since 2019. It has been a great honor to serve as a conservative check on the nonsensical policies coming from State St. in Trenton. For more information, please visit our campaign website.

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

New Jersey General Assembly (2019-Present) Mayor, Lower Township; Former Ward 2 and ward 3 Councilman, Master’s Degree in Education Administration, University of Scranton; Bachelor’s degree, The College of New Jersey, Special Education Degree, Rutgers University. Currently – Athletic Director, Lower-Cape May Regional school district, Former Assistant principal, RMT Middle School, Former Special Education Teacher (18 years). Past Vice-President, Cape May County NAACP

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?

N/A


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?

No Answer   

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

By removing guns from the hands of those who are mentally unstable or threaten public safety from having a prior record, we can ensure that citizens remain protected. However, we should not further restrict the constitutional right to bear arms of law abiding citizens.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly 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?

Reducing bloated government spending, taxes, and debt, protecting gun rights for law abiding citizens, and investing in South Jersey healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

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

Every citizen is granted equal protection under the law, racism is a grave threat to such a premise and thus a threat to domestic security in the United States.


Background

Education
  • The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, Bachelors
  • University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, Masters in Education Administration
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Special Education
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Cape May County NAACP, Former Vice President
  • Macedonia Baptist Church, Cape May, Ordained Deacon
Offices
  • New Jersey General Assembly, Held 2
  • Lower Township Mayor, Held 1
 

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