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Secretary of State

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Oppose
I am pro life.
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.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Support
I believe that marriage should be divorced from government involvement. Marriage should be between individuals and not sanctioned or 'licensed' by government. Churches and ministers should not be required to officiate or recognize marriages that are contrary to their religious beliefs and practices.
John Thurston (Republican)
Oppose
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Oppose
Individuals ought to be free their own medical needs. Adults should be free to decide what substances they want to ingest into their own bodies, as long as their choices do not infringe or endanger others.
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.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Support
John Thurston (Republican)
Support
5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Support
While I am deeply opposed to suicide, individuals should have the right to control their lives, including when and if to end it.
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.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Support
I think this situation can be resolved to some extent by having non gender specific bathrooms also available, to the extent practicable.
John Thurston (Republican)
Support
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
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.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Oppose
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.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Oppose
I am opposed to the idea of "protected classes." Each individual should have the same rights and privileges.
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%.
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Support
John Thurston (Republican)
Support
11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
Immigration is a federal issue, not a state one. The secretary of state has virtually no say on this issue. That being said, I believe that the immigration laws need to be revised and updated to allow for more worker visas, and a clear path towards citizenship for those who have lived in this country for many years and have been productive, law abiding residents.
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?
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
End "gun free zones." This merely creates an unarmed victim zone for evildoers. Create a system for arming teachers and/or staff members with appropriate training. Allow vetted parent volunteers to help watch over school campuses (either armed or unarmed). Make use of retired, willing peace officers to help secure school campuses.
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?
Susan Inman (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Christopher Olson (Libertarian)
I would like to end the system of state-paid primary elections. Each party should be free to decide which candidate selection process they wish to use, be it convention, primary, or caucus, as long as the party pays for it themselves. It is offensive to use my tax dollars to fund the selection of candidates from parties I do not support, while simultaneously requiring my party to select its candidates at our own expense.
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 every vote is counted and free from being negated by one illegal vote.