Life Issues / Family Ethics Political Action Committee of Southwest Washington

Peter Silliman
Candidate for
Clark County Freeholder, Dist. 1, Pos. 4

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2013 Survey Response:

1.  A consistent ethic of life (see here, here and here) focuses on the major life issues of abortion, euthanasia, persistent poverty, unjust war, capital punishment, the use of nuclear arms, violence, racism and exploitation.  While these are nationally debated issues, there are community manifestations of these that local governments can address.  Will you as a regional government official do all in your power and authority to implement public policies and facilitate community action that further a consistent respect for all human life?


2. Even dedicated proponents of abortion acknowledge that life begins at conception.  What do you believe?  Does a unique human life begins at conception? 


         If not at conception, when?  ___  3 mths  ___  6 mths  ___ 9 mths  ___  1 yr  ___ 18 yrs?

3. 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 answer."   Do you believe that the right to life of the unborn child is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment?

I believe in Unalienable God given rights. The Supreme Court has indicated here that if an unborn child was defined as a “Person” then the rights guaranteed by our constitution would also extend to them. I support any effort to do that.

4.  Is taking the life of a pre-born child through abortion ever permissible?  Check all that apply:

_____ No, it's never permissible

__X_ Yes, to save mother's life

_____ Yes, in cases of rape or incest

_____ Yes, for physical deformity

_____  Yes, for genetic predispositions

_____  Yes, for gender

_____  Yes, for race

_____   Yes, for economic hardship

_____  Yes, to punish spouse

_____  Yes, it's always permissible

5. Do you support parental notification and/or consent before a minor (under 18 years of age) could have an abortion? A judicial bypass of parents would be allowed when necessary.  A 2013 poll commissioned by Human Life WA, found Washington State voters are widely supportive of laws requiring "parental involvement" in abortion decisions for girls under the age of 18 (62-29% with just under 10% undecided).  Read a summary of the results here.  Do you support:

Notification? YES

Consent?     YES


"Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race, class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is needed most" (World Conference of Religions for Peace).  Southwest Washington has a broad range of religious communities that contribute substantially to the welfare of families, children, seniors, the homeless, sick, and refugees.  They are a highly valued part of our community which respects and defends human life at every stage.  Are you an active member in a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other religious assembly?

We believe in the Truth of the Bible and are actively seeking to apply its teachings to our life.

If so, you may state here where at: We attend Ridgefield Nazarene the most.

The White House's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships ensures that religious and other community organizations are able to compete on an equal footing for participation in Federal programs without impairing the character of such organizations and without diminishing the religious freedom of those served.  Does the collaboration of government with faith-based charitable works lawfully ensure fair treatment of religious organizations, and is it good for our communities?

Government should be seeking to work with organizations already providing needed services to the community.

8. Please state your professional experience, community involvement, education and other qualifications for a port commission or other position.

Peter Silliman has been married for 23 years to Lorinda. They are a pro-life family with 12 children. They spend a lot of time encouraging young mothers and families directly. They support home births, home schooling, and nursing mothers. Their oldest daughter volunteers at Life Hope in Woodland WA.

Peter and several of the children volunteer at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. They are also active in sharing their faith in the Bible.

Peter is the past president of Professionally Speaking Toastmasters in Vancouver.

Peter has risen to his position as Senior Engineer at CenturyLink through hard work and dedication to doing his job well.

I have spoken before the Clark County Commissioners, the C-TRAN Board, and the Coast Guard in opposition to the CRC.

I have been involved in the Republican Party. I served as a delegate to the county and state Republican conventions in 2012.

9. You may state here any policy positions you have in relation to the office you are seeking:

I oppose the creation of an elected county executive position. I favor the expansion of the commissioner board to 5 members. I want the commissioners to be elected by their districts. I want the citizens to have the power of initiative and referendum added to the county charter.

More details can be found at my website.

10. May Life PAC post your returned survey on our website?  YES Surveys are posted only with your permission.

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