2012 State Questionnaire
THE NATURE OF
1. Direct threats to human life
include first of all abortion, which takes the lives of well
over a million US children annually; embryonic stem cell
harvesting; euthanasia; and cloning. Additional threats to
human life include poverty, capital punishment, racism, war,
nuclear arms proliferation and exploitation. Since each and
every human being is unique and important, one's personhood
or worth should not be arbitrarily determined by another's
choice. No one exists solely as a means to someone else's
happiness. The choices we make, as individuals and as a
society, must be weighed in light of their impact on human
life and dignity.
Do you acknowledge both the breadth of pro life issues,
and the primacy of some of those issues, namely abortion,
embryonic stem cell harvesting, euthanasia, and cloning? YES
2. Do you believe that a unique human life begins at
If not, when? ___ 3 mths ___ 6 mths ___ 9 mths ___ 1
yr ___ 18 yrs?
The 14th Amendment states "nor shall any state deprive
any person of life, liberty or property without due process
of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the
equal protection of the laws." The Supreme Court in
Roe v. Wade, 1973, stated that "if this suggestion of
personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course,
collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be
guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment." The Court
regrettably concluded though that "we need not resolve the
difficult question of when life begins. When those trained
in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and
theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the
judiciary, at this point in the development of man's
knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the
you believe that the State has a compelling interest in
protecting human life
Yes, as a brother who has navigated the terrain for his
sister (who has developmental disabilities), I believe that
she is a valuable part of our family. As my mother has
stated (and I agree with her), had she known the disability
status prior to my sisters' birth, she would not have chosen
a path of termination of the pregnancy.
4. Is taking the life
of a pre-born child through abortion ever
all that apply:
_____ No, it's
Yes, to save mother's life
Yes, in cases of rape or incest
Yes, for physical deformity
Yes, for gender
_____ Yes, for race
_____ Yes, to punish spouse
it's always permissible
EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS AND
5. Do you oppose embryonic stem
cell research or human cloning,
whether publically or privately funded?
support stem cell research (not human cloning) in an
enviroment in which privately funded dollars are utilized.
INVOLVEMENT IN ABORTION
6. Peer reviewed studies have
shown that parental involvement laws reduce the occurrence
of risky sex in teens, and more than 30 states currently
have some form of them. Either the teen refrains from
engaging in sex or is more careful before having sex. These
laws help teen mothers and fathers get the support and
guidance they need from parents in this important decision.
Not having them risks parental estrangement or alienation
from the child when in the greatest need and denies the
dignity of the family. Minors already must have parental
approval for even the most minor types of medical procedures
or medications and should also for the complex procedure of
abortion. Without parental involvement, a minor impregnated
by an adult often times is pressured into having an abortion
so as to conceal the fact that the adult is guilty of
promote/support parental involvement laws (with judicial
override) for minors when seeking an abortion?
I fully support
parental involvement laws for minors when seeking an
"The trend toward accepting the termination of some human
lives as a normal part of medicine is accelerating ...
Courts, policymakers, media leaders - even the elites of
organized medicine - increasingly assert that patient rights
and respect for patients’ choices should trump the
consciences of medical professionals. Indeed, the time may
soon arrive when doctors, nurses, and pharmacists will be
compelled to take, or be complicit in the taking of, human
life, regardless of their strong religious or moral
objections thereto." (Westlie
J. Smith, 2009).
Should doctors, nurses,
pharmacists and other medical professionals be granted the
right to refuse participation in the provision of medical
services that violate
person's moral, ethical or religious beliefs?
Washington State Initiative 1000 which was passed in
2008, legalized Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) by allowing
doctors to prescribe lethal doses of barbiturates to certain
patients. An objection to this sanctioning of suicide is
that some vulnerable persons, such as those who are feeble,
depressed, mentally ill, or handicapped, will likely
experience coercion to end their lives. For them a right to
die, already protected in the Natural Death Act, (RCW
70.122), may become a duty to die. The American Medical
H-140.952) as well as the Washington State Medical
Resolution A-7) oppose PAS. The AMA states that
"physician assisted suicide is fundamentally inconsistent
with the physician's professional role." The initiative uses
vague language that enable doctors "acting in good faith" to
assist mentally ill or depressed patients to commit suicide,
while protecting doctors from civil and criminal lawsuits.
Health care insurers can cut costs by providing
prescriptions for suicide. Will society's sanction of
suicide have unintended consequences? Sponsor and former
governor Booth Gardner says that this is only a “first step”
in legalizing assisted suicide for anyone who wants it. When
society fails to protect vulnerable people in their
troubles, but instead offers them the violence of suicide,
has not society abandoned them?
Do you oppose the availability of
physician assisted suicide in Washington State?
I would continue to voice the objection to sanctioning this
role to vulnerable persons (developmenatl disabled ).
9. Children develop best within
the context of a biologically related family. This is a
scientifically proven fact which the
Washington State Supreme Court referenced when in 2006,
it ruled on the state's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
The court determined that the state's limitation of marriage
to heterosexual couples "is constitutional because the
legislature was entitled to believe that limiting marriage
to opposite-sex couples furthers ... the well-being of
children by encouraging families where children are reared
in homes headed by the children’s biological parents." In
Justice James Johnson wrote "The unique and binary
biological nature of marriage and its exclusive link with
procreation and responsible child rearing has defined the
institution [of marriage in law]."
In order to affirm and protect
children’s rights and the primacy of those rights over
adults’ aspirations for novel family forms, do you oppose
laws that change the definition of marriage to include
homosexual and polygamous relationships?
I grew up in a
Hispanic household that encompassed conservative values and
traditions; many of those I still hold onto today.
Additionally, when growing up, I experienced both
verbal and physical discrimination due to my ethnicity.
These are experiences that no one should be subject
to. I support an environment that
is free of discrimination and I believe our domestic
partnership structures can provide that in Washington State
so long as we have a willing Federal partner who provides
recognition of tax legal statuses for same sex couples for
example. I believe we can do this while preserving the
current definition of marriage between a man and a woman,
which I support.
PUBLIC SCHOOL SEX EDUCATION
10. The Washington State Legislature in 2007 passed
ESSB 5297 requiring school districts to teach
"scientifically accurate" (aka comprehensive) sex education,
if they teach sex ed at all. The typical comprehensive sex
education program spends as little as 5% of the time
teaching abstinence principles (Zogby
3/27/07), instead spending significantly more time
teaching students how to put condoms on models of male
genitalia and promoting alternative forms of sexual activity
called outercourse, which may include showering together and
mutual masturbation as effective ways to avoid pregnancy and
disease. In contrast, an emphasis on abstinence means
teaching students about building healthy relationships and
bolstering self worth and self-control.
Given that ESSB 5297 allows school
districts a wide range in how the law is applied, will you
work to maximize sex education that is wholesome, not
dehumanizing and truly safe?
11. The death penalty in the United States should:
_____ not be used
___X__ be used about
_____ be used less
_____ be used more
proposed casino off I-5 near Ridgefield is projected to be
one of the largest in the nation. What is your position on
the building of this casino?
13. Please state your qualifications for
office such as professional, educational, family and
community accomplishments. You may also add any any further
comments regarding the relationship of your candidacy to
respect life issues.
I lived in
the Battle Ground area since age six, graduated from the
Battle Ground School District and currently live in the city
of Battle Ground with my wife and my two daughters. In
addition to full time family responsibilities, I manage a
private family owned real estate holding company. I have an
Associate’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics (3.95
GPA-highest honors). Additionally, I am currently attending
Warner Pacific College finishing my Bachelors of Sciences
Degree in Human Development.
my selected accomplishments and volunteer experience
Currently serve as a publicly elected official
with the city of Battle Ground, Washington City
Currently serve as Chairman of the planning
committee for a proposed Regional Fire Authority
(RFA) involving the cities of Woodland, Battle
Ground, and Fire District 2 and Clark County
Fire and Rescue.
Currently serve on the Battle Ground Chamber of
Commerce Board of Directors
Currently serve on the Washington State
University Diversity Advisory Board
of the founding Charter members for the Battle
Ground Rotary Club
Additional Volunteer Experience
Served as an appointed commissioner with the
Battle Ground Planning Commission (2007-2011).
Elected twice as the Chairman of the Commission.
Past Board member with the Arc of Clark County.
Served a four year term on the Vancouver-Clark
Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission
Represented the city of Battle Ground on the
regional Blue Ribbon Commission which was tasked
with planning and communicating the future of
parks and recreation on a regional basis.
Participate annually in “Washington State
Legislative day” in an effort to lobby on behalf
of several organizations.
Clark Public Utilities “Stream Team” volunteers.
14. Do you have a campaign website?
What is the address?
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