Michael Stinziano Quiz Results

As part of my research into Columbus City Council candidates in the May 5, 2015 Primary, I sent each candidate a list of the questions from The World’s Smallest Political Quiz (WSPQ)

These are the results from Columbus City Council Candidate Michael Stinziano

Note: Since the final question was un-answered, I treated it as disagree due to the way the quiz is scored with 20 points for Agree, 10 points for Maybe, and 0 points for Disagree.  I just didn’t want to skew it by giving points for a non-answer.

Personal Issues

Government should not censor speech, press, media, or internet. – Agree

Military service should be voluntary. There should be no draft. – Agree

There should be no laws regarding sex for consenting adults. – Agree

Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs. –  Disagree

There should be no National ID card. – Agree

Economic Issues

End “corporate welfare.” No government handouts to business. – Maybe

Creating more and better jobs to grow our economy and restore economic prosperity is my top priority.  I am dedicated to creating jobs, particularly to foster small business growth, fund essential services, to help promote neighborhood safety, support our schools, and provide everyone with effective, responsive constituent service.

End government barriers to international free trade. – Maybe

Let people control their own retirement; privatize Social Security. – Maybe

“The devil is in the details” of any plan to privatize Social Security.

Replace government welfare with private charity. – Disagree

Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or more. – NO ANSWER

May 5, 2015 Columbus City Primary Race

People often ask me who a Libertarian should vote for in various political races such as the upcoming May 5, 2015 Primary.  While I’d advise people to vote for Libertarian candidates while available, sometimes none are available in a given race.

Luckily, public sentiments seem to be leaning more libertarian – so there are votes to be won for the establishment parties by running candidates who stake out libertarian positions on key issues.

Over the years it seems like the World’s Smallest Political Quiz (WSPQ) has been as good an indicator of libertarian philosophy of a person as any, so I tend to use it to get a quick overview of where a candidate stands.

With that in mind, I obtained the campaign email addresses for all of the candidates in this year’s Columbus City Council and Columbus Mayor’s race.  I wanted to find Columbus School Board candidate emails as well but too few of them had phone, email, or websites listed.

I’m listing the candidates, WSPQ score (if they responded to my request – a perfect score is 100/100 on Personal/Economic freedoms) and their campaign Twitter and email accounts in case you’d like to ask them questions before you cast your vote.  Candidates who responded will also have a clickable name with details of their response.

Here’s the list of candidates for this year’s May Primary.

Columbus Mayor

Name

WSPQ Score

Twitter

Email

Terry A. Boyd

? @BoydforColumbus northcoastboyd@gmail.com

Jeff
Brown

?   jbrown75n@gmail.com

Andrew J.
Ginther

? @AndrewGinther andrew@andrewginther.com

Selina R.Miller

?   selinamiller7@hotmail.com

James C.Ragland

? @Ragland4Mayor ragland4mayor@gmail.com

Zach
Scott

? @ZachScott2015 scottforcolumbus@gmail.com

Columbus City Council

Name

WSPQ Score

Twitter

Email

Orie
Givens
?   ideasfororie@gmail.com
Zach
Klein
? @zmklein zach@zachklein.org
Kiwan R.
Lawson
?   FriendsForKiwanLawson@gmail.com
Michelle M.Mills ?   michellemarle.mills8@gmail.com
Jaiza
Page
? @Jaiza_Page jaiza.page@gmail.com
Will
Petrik
? @WillPetrik will@willpetrik.org
John
Rush
? @Citizens4Rush john@citizensforrush.com
Besmira
Sharrah
?   bsharra@gmail.com
Ibrahima
Sow
? @VoteSow2015 votesow@gmail.com
Dimitrious
Stanley
? @Dimitrious4cbus stanleyforcolumbuscouncil@gmail.com
Michael Stinziano 80/30 @Stinziano mstinziano@citizensforstinziano.com

If you’re one of the candidates listed, and didn’t receive my initial email, feel free to contact me via Skype and I’d be happy to re-send it.

Quizzing the Candidates 2013

Each year as election time nears, I take some time to research the candidates. There are a number of great resources – probably one of the most detailed is the candidate questionnaire provided in the county League of Women Voters Voter Information Bulletin.

The LWV survey asks a few specific questions and I encourage you to review their responses, but I wanted to get a more general feel for their overarching mindset – a better glimpse into how they are likely to make decisions as they serve.

This is the list of questions I posed to each of them:

Personal Issues

  1. Government should not censor speech, press, media, or internet.
  2. Military service should be voluntary. There should be no draft.
  3. There should be no laws regarding sex for consenting adults.
  4. Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs.
  5. There should be no National ID card.

Economic Issues

  1. End “corporate welfare.” No government handouts to business.
  2. End government barriers to international free trade.
  3. Let people control their own retirement; privatize Social Security.
  4. Replace government welfare with private charity.
  5. Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or more.

You may recognize the questions from the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, which I recommend taking yourself so you can see how similar your views are to those of the candidates.

So, over the next few weeks, as the responses trickle in, I’m going to try to share their results with you – to help you inform your own decisions with regard to these candidates. It will also serve as a bit of an archive since candidates views change. If I ask them again in a later election it will be interesting to see how their views changed on these key issues.

If a candidate doesn’t specifically say whether they agree or disagree with one of the questions, I’ll be treating those as “Maybe” responses.

Here’s a list of the offices and candidates I emailed the survey to on 10/2/2013 (I’ll be linking the names to their responses as I receive them – no link means no response):

Office Municipality/District Name
City Attorney Columbus Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr.
City Auditor Columbus Hugh J. Dorrian
City Auditor  Columbus  Igor Ternovsky
Member of Council Columbus Brian Bainbridge
Member of Council Columbus Greg Lawson
Member of Council Columbus A. Troy Miller
Member of Council Columbus Eileen Paley
Member of Council Columbus Nick Schneider
Member of Council Columbus Priscilla R. Tyson
Member Board of Education Columbus City School District Michael D. Cole
Member Board of Education Columbus City School District Beverly J. Corner
Member Board of Education Columbus City School District Hanifah Kambon
Member Board of Education Columbus City School District Dominic Paretti
Member Board of Education Columbus City School District Ramona R. Reyes
Member Board of Education Columbus City School District Mike Wiles
Municipal Court Judge (FTC 1‐1‐14) Franklin County Scott Van Der Karr
Municipal Court Judge (FTC 1‐2‐14) Franklin County Kristen McKinley
Municipal Court Judge (FTC 1‐2‐14) Franklin County Amy Salerno 
Municipal Court Judge (FTC 1‐3‐14) Franklin County Gwen Callender
Municipal Court Judge (FTC 1‐3‐14) Franklin County James E. Green
Municipal Court Judge (UTE 1‐7‐2016) Franklin County James W. Adair, III
Municipal Court Judge (UTE 1‐7‐2016) Franklin County Dan Hawkins
Municipal Court Judge (UTE 1‐7‐2016) Franklin County Frank Macke

Sherrod Brown (D) vs. Josh Mandel (R) vs. Scott Rupert – US Senate

Scott Rupert responded on 10/6/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

Economic score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

So his responses would be classified as Libertarian.

100_100

I’ll update Sherrod Brown and Josh Mandel’s answers for comparison when I receive their answers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Pat Tiberi (R) vs. Jim Reese (D) – Representative to Congress (12th District)

Jim Reese responded on 10/8/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 60

  1. Agree
  2. Maybe
  3. Agree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

Economic score 30

  1. Agree
  2. Disagree
  3. Disagree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

So his responses would be classified as Centrist.

60_30

Pat Tiberi refused to answer the questions on 10/10/2012. Here’s what his campaign had to say:

Mr. Noble,

Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in Congressman Tiberi’s candidacy.  As you might imagine, with over 700,000 people residing in the 12th congressional district, it’s not possible for us to respond to individual surveys. We believe that Congressman Tiberi’s long voting record, the many media voter guides he has completed and the countless news and interest group resources, make information about his positions readily available to any interested voter.

Thanks again,

Kristen Frissora
Campaign Manager
Tiberi for Congress

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Daphne Hawk (R) vs. Terry Brown (D) – Franklin County Recorder

Daphne Hawk responded on 10/8/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 70

  1. Agree
  2. Maybe
  3. Agree
  4. Disagree
  5. Agree

Economic score 70

  1. Maybe
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Maybe
  5. Maybe

So her responses would be classified as Libertarian.

70_70

I’ll update Terry Brown’s answers for comparison when I receive his answers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.

Maureen Reedy (D) vs. Stephanie Kunze (R) vs. Thomas Alban – 24th Ohio House District

Stephanie Kunze responded on 10/7/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 40

  1. Agree
  2. Maybe
  3. Disagree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

Economic score 50

  1. Maybe
  2. Maybe
  3. Maybe
  4. Maybe
  5. Maybe

So her responses would be classified as Centrist.

40_50

 

Thomas Alban responded on 10/10/2012. Answers were:

Personal score 100

  1. Agree
  2. Agree
  3. Agree
  4. Agree
  5. Agree

Economic score 10

  1. Disagree
  2. Disagree
  3. Disagree
  4. Disagree
  5. Maybe

So his responses would be classified as Liberal.

100_10

I’ll update Maureen Reedy’s answers for comparison when I receive hers.

For background on this project, my original “Quizzing the Candidates” blog post here.