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George Brian Vachris

Election Information:

Party: 
Republican
District: 
15
Office: 
State Senate

Contact Information:

vachriscampaign.com
George Brian Vachris

Survey Responses:

S = Support
O = Oppose
NR = No Response
Life
S O NR
1.
Prohibiting Abortion: Prohibiting abortion except when necessary to save the mother's life.
X
2.
Taxpayer Funded Abortion: Allowing taxpayer dollars to fund organizations that provide abortion.
X
3.
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Allowing voluntary physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
X
Candidate's Comments:
I believe life begins at conception and terminates at natural death. I do respect the wishes of those who request not to be kept alive in a comatose state, on a machine that keeps them artificially alive.
First Amendment
S O NR
4.
Conscience Rights for Creative Professionals: Allowing creative professionals (photographer, baker, wedding vendor) to decline to participate in events or create messages that violate their moral or religious beliefs.
X
5.
Conscience Rights for Faith-Based Organizations: Exempting faith-based organizations from regulations that cause them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
X
6.
Free Speech on Campus: Prohibiting speech zones or speech codes that restrict where students can discuss controversial or unpopular issues on college campuses.
X
7.
Donor Privacy: Protecting confidential donor information so individuals are able to privately support charities of their choice without fear of being doxed.
X
Candidate's Comments:
I fully support the First Amendment and the right of public debate on ALL political issues, especially on University campuses, where free inquiry should be most protected. However, free speech means the ability to speak freely, NOT the ability to shout down a speaker whose views some mob may oppose. Thus, a person on a University campus should not be allowed to interrupt a speech or religious service that they do not like. Students should not be allowed to invade a professor's class and shout him down because his views do not agree with theirs. I find Question 6 ambiguously difficult to understand and that is why I have written this contextual clarification. I also do not like the wording of Question 7, because it groups two different issues together. If a Corporation donates money to a Marxist group, I would like the public to have access to that information. Doxing is a form of harassment, and should be illegal, and those who protest outside the homes of judges and justices should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I hope that clarifies my non-answer to question 7.
Family
S O NR
8.
Women's Sports: Preventing biological males who identify as female from competing in women's sports.
X
9.
Gender Identity Counseling: Allowing parents to obtain professional counseling for children struggling with gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.
X
10(a).
Protected Class for Sexual Orientation: Adding “sexual orientation” as a protected class alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law.
X
10(b).
Protected Class for Gender Identity: Adding “gender identity” as a protected class alongside race, religion, sex, age, and disability in nondiscrimination law.
X
Candidate's Comments:
Again, question 9 is ambiguous. Does this refer to helping the parent attempt to achieve the biologically impossible task of changing their child's sex, or does it refer to helping a parent who is trying to get their child to accept the child's natural genetic nature? Whose desired outcome does the question refer to? If a child is manipulated to think that the child will be better off if the child is coached to cut off body parts, then I believe that the cutting off of body parts or the prescription of puberty blocking hormones should be defined as felonious child abuse. Children and adolescents could have their lives ruined due to a transient series of events. Some states have discussed the passage of laws to prohibit counselors from attempting to affirm the child's birth sex as the natural path for child adolescent development. One cannot change their sex. Sex is embedded in every cell, either "XX" or "XY".
Education and Public Safety
S O NR
11.
School Choice: Allowing the use of tax credits, vouchers, and education savings accounts to cover the cost of children attending the school of their parents' choice, including private schools.
X
12.
Parental Rights for Opt-Out: Giving parents the ability to opt their children out of school materials and lessons to which the parents object.
X
13.
Critical Race Theory: Allowing schools to teach children that America's laws, policies, and society perpetuate systemic racism and that people are either oppressors or oppressed, or privileged or marginalized, based on their skin color.
X
14.
Parental Rights for Transparency in Education: Giving parents access to the curriculum and materials their children are learning in school and allowing them to decide whether or not their children should be exposed to certain ideas.
X
Candidate's Comments:
I refer to the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." As a teacher, my lessons were all posted on a district wide digital "HUB" where any parent was free to access the content, typically as MS Power Point or MS Word or MS Excel documents. I might add, that the question 11 does not mention "Home Schooling". I fully support the right of parents to "Home School" their own children.
Health and Welfare
S O NR
15.
Medical Rights of Conscience: Allowing health care workers and providers the freedom to practice medicine in accordance with their personal beliefs and conscience.
X
16.
Parental Rights for Healthcare Disclosure: Requiring schools to disclose to parents if the school is providing counseling or medical services to a child who desires to undergo “gender transition.”
X
17.
Parental Rights for Mental Health Disclosure: Directing schools to inform parents of any mental, physical, or emotional health information and treatment that a child is receiving at school.
X
Candidate's Comments:
Question 16 does not go far enough. Gender transition medical activities should be prohibited for minors.