Candidate Profile
Preston Nelson

Republican , Illinois


Preston Nelson
U.S. Rep., Dist. 12

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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.


Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."


I support sanctuary cities.


It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

No Answer

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.


The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

No Answer

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, in which case it would be nearly always performed near-immediately after the act.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Act peacefully among other nations. Do not allow the CIA to enact coups in Islamic nations, such as Iran in 1953. Do not arm terrorists in Islamic countries (see: H.R. 608). Focus on our corrupt relationship with Saudi Arabia's despot monarchy which exports extreme Wahhabi ideology. 15 of 19 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and we know that they received money and support from that nation's government via Saudi consulates here in America.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Mankind's human nature to maintain and preserve a good and opportune creation is what led them to create the checks and balances in government - including Congress's ability to specifically declare (or not declare) war that has illegally eroded since the passing of 2001's AUMF which has allowed bad presidents to attack numerous nations on multiple continents, ever since. These safeguards were made in attempt to prevent abuse and unwise use of power, and to ensure freedom for people.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was raised a Christian and believe the God is the creator. We don't understand all the mysteries of love and the universe, but we know that God created us with free will and said that it was good. My desire to become a Congressmen is to protect what I believe is a great blessing from God: the free state. It has been assaulted on numerous fronts, and frequently from within our own government. We need truth to prevail, scandals to be exposed, and better decisions to be made, in our country and abroad. I think making these necessary changes is a great way to help many people.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

The current state of our government is anything but conservative. The executive branch has amassed so much power to act upon and regulate people and other nations, and it does so with broken checks and very little oversight. This is precisely the thing that the founders sought to avoid. They knew that the executive branch was most prone to war, and indeed it has sadly worked to worsen situations abroad. The CIA is part of the executive, yet they are known to act without the knowledge of, and sometimes even against the President! Libya, Syria, Iran, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Ukraine, all have documented evidence of bad CIA results. We need a change in policy and people, people who will legislate with integrity and not for dollars coming from rich special interests. The "Defense industry" aka industrial complex spends more money lobbying Congress than even big Pharma. Both big Pharma and the MIC are having their way in Washington, and this is a root of our problems.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I would actually repeal all of the regulation that hurts people and limits choice, something with which the established Republicans have utterly failed us.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Allow the free market to prosper for all free people. Provide a judicial system to settle matters of fraud.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Simplify, a fair and simple rate for all until we pay off the debt. End loopholes that cost the government billions or trillions. Stop taxing income when the debt is paid off. Ban the taxation of property as unconstitutional, providing the 4th amendment's guarantee that we be protected against seizures of property.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Free market, less burdensome business regulations, low/no taxes, debt-free nation & people.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Remove Congress's ability to "invest" SS funds by loaning themselves the money to pay for other things.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Self-education, reading, research, political awareness. I am a Christian and I believe in goodness, truth and justice.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: - 314-884-1379

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Despite having many far-fetched experiences, living and working both here and abroad, I am still very much an average person. There are many polished politicians running for office, but few average people. I love peace and quiet. I hate political rhetoric and propaganda news.


  • Rend Lake College, Ina, Associate, 2011
  • Benton H.S., Benton, 2008
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Central Christian Church, Mt. Vernon, Missionary
  • Central Brazil Mission, Missionary
  • Projeto Crescer, Jiu jitsu instructor / English teacher
  • Libertarian Party of Illinois, Numerous positions and involvement
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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