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Secretary of State

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Oppose
John Thurston (Republican)
Oppose
I am 100% against all abortion.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Oppose
John Thurston (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Support
Personally I do not support the smoking of medical marijuana, but as a legislator my job is to fulfill the will of the people.
John Thurston (Republican)
Undecided
My answer is based on smoking. I am open to additional research to determine if, in fact smoking is the best vehicle to extract the necessary chemicals. It seems to me that smoking is inherently unhealthy. I am not a doctor, chemist, or a scientist; but it appears that the smoking of medical marijuana is in the vein of recreation.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Support
John Thurston (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Oppose
John Thurston (Republican)
Oppose
6. Privacy: Requiring individuals who choose to use changing facilities, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers in public schools, colleges, and government buildings to use the facility designated for their biological sex.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Support
John Thurston (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Support
John Thurston (Republican)
Support
8. Tort Lawsuits: Limiting noneconomic damages awarded in lawsuits to $500,000 or less in cases of severe injury or death caused by negligence or misconduct.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Support
I support the current Tort reform amendment as written, but I do not support a cap on damages in regards to gross negligence or misconduct.
John Thurston (Republican)
Oppose
9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Oppose
John Thurston (Republican)
Oppose
10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Support
John Thurston (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Trevor Drown (Republican)
Arkansas should continue to assist Federal Agencies in policing up those who are in this country illegally and continue to enforce the laws that are currently on the books.
John Thurston (Republican)
Illegal immigration is more serious than most will acknowledge. We do not need more immigration laws until we are enforcing the ones we have. Arkansas must not become a sanctuary state, and illegal immigrants certainly do not have the right to vote; that is why I will work alongside county clerks, election commissioners, and poll workers to enforce our state voter ID law, and advocate for legislation that will help stop non-citizens from registering to vote. One illegal vote cancels out ones legal vote, this should never happen.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Trevor Drown (Republican)
As a Green Beret, I have learned that preventing mass shootings or acts of terrorism in any society is almost impossible without severely infringing on a person's rights or normal everyday activities. I do not believe that limiting a person's Second Amendment Right is the answer.
John Thurston (Republican)
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Jesus is the Answer, not gun control, that much I can tell you.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Trevor Drown (Republican)
As the next Arkansas Secretary of State; I will work to ensure fair and secure elections across the state by helping to choose the most up to date and user friendly election equipment on the market; Simplify the process and procedures required for business ownership; Conduct redistricting in an equitable, consistent, and uniform manner; Ensure the safety and security of the Capitol Grounds; Pursue a comprehensive veterans outreach program.
John Thurston (Republican)
I am running for a non-legislative office, however I will be focusing on legislation that relates to the Secretary of State's office and elections. The security of elections will be one of my top priorities. I will be working to eliminate voter fraud and prosecute when it takes place. Elections are the bedrock of our republic, and all that government does is secondary to elections. I will do my best to make sure ever vote is counted and free from being negated by one illegal vote.