RODKEY, CHRIS

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Representative
District:
93
Political Affiliation:
Democratic
Age:
45
Occupation:
Clergy
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Why are you running for office? (click to expand)

Survey

Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • UUndecided
  • Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should education funding be directed to families through a voucher, scholarship, or education savings account so that parents can send their children to the school of their choice, including non-public schools? N* I support charter schools with proper oversight. The state constitution forbids public funds to be used for any form of sectarian religious instruction, which is what we're normally talking about with this issue. The reason why politicians say they support vouchers but never seem to accomplish what they promise after controlling the legislature for 27 of the last 30 years is because they know it's a violation of the state constitution and know that revising the constitution to this extent is unlikely. I also strongly oppose expansion of the corporate welfare programs which take funds from public schools to give to religious schools as a creative way of dodging the state constitution.
2. Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use? Y* Whether one agrees or not, legalized cannabis is coming to Pennsylvania; it is only a matter of time. Pennsylvania should learn from the mistakes other states have made and prioritize family farms in every decision regarding the inevitable legalization. Secondly, the legislature must have open and public hearings with law enforcement agencies to work toward equitable enforcement of impaired driving and machine use. I also believe that an apparatus should be implemented by the state to educate and monitor CTC/PAYS data on the county level to enforce juvenile abuse. Finally, the state should have open discussion with veteran's groups to ensure access to veterans for their treatment and mental health.
3. Should the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act be amended to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” which would require public schools and other public facilities to open up restrooms and locker rooms to members of the opposite sex? U* I'm saying "undecided" because the form of this question is misleading and deceptive. For part 1, should the PA Human Relations Act be amended, I say yes; but pertaining to part 2 of the question, these consequences are not true and constitute a non sequitur argument. I won't dignify this question with a straight answer as written, so I will be very clear about my stance. First, I believe in civil rights and liberties without equivocation. After election, I will propose a modification to the 2021 civil rights referendum vote to include civil liberties protections that were intentionally omitted, including LGBTQ rights, and also barring discrimination for choice of firearm ownership. So, yes, I support the expansion and clarification of civil liberties. Second, amending the Human Relations Act would not specifically require matters pertaining to bathrooms and locker rooms in public schools, and this rumor that it would is the most recent attempt by anti-gay organizations to stop legal protections for gay people in employment and housing, which is what the Human Relations Act is about. Most Pennsylvanians aren't aware that under state law one can be fired or denied housing for being gay; most Pennsylvanians agree that this is wrong and contrary to the promotion of civil liberties and American freedom. I would encourage informed citizens to look into this matter themselves. Here is a direct link to the PA Human Relations Act: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/li/uconsCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&yr=1955&sessInd=0&act=0222.&chpt=000.&subchpt=000.&sctn=000.&subsctn=000
4. Should Pennsylvania enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which would include a new carbon tax on electricity producers? Y* I believe in the stewardship of the land as an ethical and religious commitment, and doing so requires effort and sacrifice. The RGGI is not a perfect or adequate solution but it is is a worthy cause with moral intentions. For factual information on the RGGI: https://www.ceres.org/sites/default/files/Fact%20Sheets%20or%20misc%20files/RGGI%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf
5. Should increases in state government spending be limited to the rate of inflation plus population growth? N* I believe in fiscal responsibility of state funds; there are many ways of achieving this. The "inflation + population growth" has never worked when it has been deployed, and senior citizens, who are a growing population in the state, would suffer the most from its consequences, even if it reduces state income tax. No model of this plan shows a successful outcome that most Pennsylvanians would agree with. Because it does not work in theory or in practice, Pennsylvania should not adopt this specific proposal.
6. Should our state constitution be amended to prevent taxpayer funding for elective abortions? Y* I answer yes, despite the moot nature of the question. I would support this legislation if it were legally necessary to do so outside of current laws and regulations. I am, however, suspicious of the wisdom of legally defining "elective abortions."
7. Should all voters be required to show identification before voting? N* No, but if the election day procedures were radically changed, I would change my position. First, every single study done of the use of ID for voting has shown that both political arguments are wrong in their claims: it does not have any outcome on reducing fraud, nor has requiring it ever been proven to suppress groups particularly by race or class. It does suppress the vote, which may be the desire many really want, but it doesn't appear to target certain populations as many claim. Because it offers no benefit to security whatsoever, I reject its use. Second, speaking a Judge of Elections, I offer this perspective which I haven't heard spoken about publicly. (B) PA state IDs do not categorically match the information as presented on voter ID information. (B) Requiring ID using our current check-in process could lead to a circumstance of poll inspectors objecting arbitrarily as a matter of personal interpretation. (C) Requiring ID under our current system would lead to longer wait times on election day. (D) Requiring ID under our current system would lead to an increase in provisional voting, which would place the burden of dismissing many legitimate voters' ballots on the whim of County Commissioners. Finally, I do believe there may be a way that our check-in processes on election day could be based upon state IDs. And reforming this system might be better, and would be consistent with my belief that voting should be easier for legitimate voters. No proposal for voter IDs actually present a plan to pay for the implementation of a simple requirement, let alone rethinking the whole system. At bottom, I am not opposed to IDs or their use, but I do not believe that our current system as it exists makes sense to implement such a requirement.
8. Should the state reduce police funding to increase funding for social services? N* No, and Pennsylvania needs to be responsible enough to fund the state police through normal means rather than through gas taxes.
9. Should public schools be prohibited from allowing males who identify as females to compete in girls’ sports? U* I answer "Undecided" because this is neither a state government issue nor is it a serious issue. School districts can make decisions about wearing masks despite whatever science they choose to acknowledge. Similarly, local schools can make decisions on local levels as they presently do regarding transgender athletes. The matter of state championships, which is where this argument usually leads, do themselves need to follow any state laws on this matter because they are governed as non-profit organizations. This matter is complex and largely a non-issue, the concern of many regarding this issue is legally moot, and these decisions should be handled by local school districts.
10. Should schools have to post curriculum online for review by parents and taxpayers? N* I see this as a non-issue: curriculum is already available for the asking, and no one who supports placing all curriculum online for public use has considered the cost for publishing rights to put all school curricula online, which is an unnecessary expense when one can simply make a call, send an email, or stop by their local schools.
11. Should Pennsylvania municipalities be permitted to require a vaccine passport? N
12. Should the gasoline tax be permanently reduced? Y* Yes, but most Pennsylvanians don't realize that doing so would defund the state police. If we can be responsible enough to fully budget for the state police and pay for it through state income taxes, we would be able to significantly reduce gasoline taxes.