District 17

1) Do you support or oppose elected officials relying on their religious beliefs and values to guide their decisions for South Dakota?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch
Oppose D Senate Ailee Johns
Oppose L Senate Gregory Baldwin – The Constitution is not a religious document, I hope elected officials uphold the constitution first and foremost.
Support D House Al Leber – I think it is inevitable that religious upbringing plays a large part in a persons beliefs and values
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
2) Do you support or oppose efforts to reduce the number of abortions in South Dakota?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch
Oppose D Senate Ailee Johns – I support the funding of Planned Parenthood which would provide residents with birth control which would reduce the number of abortions being performed.
Support L Senate Gregory Baldwin
Support D House Al Leber
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
3) Do you support or oppose the SD State Lottery spending money on advertising the Lottery?
Oppose R Senate Arthur Rusch – I find the advertising trying to get people to buy more lottery tickets to be very offensive.
  D Senate Ailee Johns
Oppose L Senate Gregory Baldwin
Support D House Al Leber – As long as there are strict regulations as to the amount being spent – or – small %
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
4) Do you support or oppose a reduction in post-incarceration restrictions with regard to employment?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch – If someone has served their sentence we should do everything we can to allow them to obtain employment – support their family etc.
Support D Senate Ailee Johns – Post-incarcerated people should have full rights restored once the time has been served.
Support L Senate Gregory Baldwin
D House Al Leber – Depending upon the crime committed and the length of incarceration prior to release
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
5) Do you support or oppose provisions that would allow a medical professional to assist another person in committing suicide?
Oppose R Senate Arthur Rusch
  D Senate Ailee Johns
Support L Senate Gregory Baldwin – Terminally ill patients
Oppose D House Al Leber
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
6) Do you support or oppose requirements that personal and creative service businesses produce goods or services that may violate their conscience?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch – I assume you are talking about services such as baking a cake – but I would oppose necessities such as medical services.
  D Senate Ailee Johns
Oppose L Senate Gregory Baldwin
Oppose D House Al Leber
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
7) Do you support or oppose expansion of low-income medical assistance (Medicaid) in South Dakota?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch –  I support that if we have the funds to do that.
Support D Senate Ailee Johns- A million times support.
Oppose L Senate Gregory Baldwin
Support D House Al Leber
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
8) Do you support or oppose legislation to increase parent choice in educational-choice options?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch – I am not sure I understand the question.
Support D Senate Ailee Johns
Support L Senate Gregory Baldwin
Oppose D House Al Leber – There is not enough funding for public schools and I will oppose legislation that support charter schools
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
9) Do you support or oppose limitations on the use of cross-sex hormones and/or genital surgery for minor children who identify as contrary to their biological sex?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch – I support limitations imposed by parents but do not think that the government should get involved.
Oppose D Senate Ailee Johns- Trans rights are human rights!! 
Support L Senate Gregory Baldwin – If parents permission above 16
Oppose D House Al Leber – At this time I oppose – but would need to study any pending legislation before I take a hard stand.
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier
10) Do you support or oppose protections for speech and expression, if the speech or expression may be considered by some as highly offensive?
Support R Senate Arthur Rusch – Generally I support such protections but not if the speech is designed to intimidate or prevent others from speaking.
  D Senate Ailee Johns
Support L Senate Gregory Baldwin
Support D House Al Leber – Offensive language is not supported, but the courts are available for individuals/groups who feel their right are being violated or infringed upon
  R House Richard Vasgaard
  R House Sydney Davis
  I House Caitlin Collier

Due to separate filing deadlines, Independent candidate answers will be added later.

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