Candidate Profile
Mark Rutherford

Libertarian , Indiana


Mark Rutherford
Secretary of State

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Bill Weld former Gov. MA, VP candidate, Justin Harter, Chair LP of Marion County, Indiana


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.

No Answer

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.

No Answer

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.

No Answer

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.

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

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

No Answer

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

No Answer

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

Strongly Agree

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

No Answer

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

No Answer

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


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

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

No Answer

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

No Answer

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

No Answer

I support sanctuary cities.

No Answer

I support the death penalty.

No Answer

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

No Answer

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

No Answer

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

No Answer

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

No Answer

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

No answer

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

Depends to which of America's Founding Fathers one wishes to discuss. In my opinion, their common goal was to create a nation to which its laws leverage the best aspects of human nature while depressing its worse characteristics.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

When elected Secretary of State, I will endeavor to value and defend the Indiana and United States Constitutions.

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?

No Answer

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

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

No comment

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

I would deploy a system using the best aspects of limited government, free markets and capitalism as defined by economist Frederic Hayek.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

To achieve the best results the role of government in the economy is kept limited.

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

Small business and entrepreneur attorney for 32 years. Chairman of the Indiana Public Defender Commission for 11 years. Bachelor's and law degree.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 317-782-5532

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

I am running for Secretary of State to bring our shared Hoosier values back into government. All my life, I have served the people of Indiana by finding simple solutions to our everyday problems. Today, our government does not serve us. Government serves itself. As Secretary of State, I will lead with a principled, collaborative approach, and advocate for government that serves all Hoosiers.


  • Wabash College, Crawfordsville, BA, 1982
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, JD, 1986
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Indianapolis State Bar Association, Various committee director and chairman positions
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Litigation Section Chairman
  • Libertarian National Committee, Vice Chair
  • Libertarian Party of Indiana, Chairman
  • Indianapolis Junior Tennis Cevelopment Foundation, Director
  • Valporaiso University School of Law, National Council member
  • Columbia Club Foundation, Director
  • Lambda Chi of Wabash College Capital Campaign, Chairman
  • Chairman of Indiana Public Defender Commission, Held 2007-2021
  • None

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