Questions for Candidates

Each candidate and representative is asked to fill out the questionnaire below. It is designed to provide the reader with a better understanding of the person's view and a better feel for how the candidate or representative will respond to future issues.The candidates can answer the questions in an email or using their facebook login on this site. The responses to this questionnaire are shown under the appropriate issue. The candidate can answer as many or as few of the questions as they desire. If you would like a candidate or representative answer these questions, email them.

The Constitution

The bill of rights guarantees the right to bear arms, freedom of speech, and a number of other civil liberties. One view on the constitution is that the bill of rights also guarantees that the states cannot violate those rights against any citizen of the nation. The opposing view is that the bill of rights applies only to what the federal government can do and not to the states. As an example, the second amendment protects citizens from federal laws forbiding firearms. However, under one view the states may still be allowed to restrict them, while under the other the constitution protects the rights of the citizens within the states as well. Where do you stand on incorporation?
Church and State
The infamous line declaring a wall separating the church from the state does not appear in the constitution but was written in a letter referencing the intent of the constitution. What is your position on the role of a person's religion in their governance?