Candidate Profile
John Leshko

Republican , Pennsylvania


John Leshko
State Rep., Dist. 123

Panel Rating

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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim, unless the candidate requests a typo change or we remove inappropriate language.

Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Limited early-term circumstances such as rape or incest. Also, where the mother's life is in danger.


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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

Funding for Planned Parenthood, Pension Reform, shrink the size of the state assembly and reduce the size of the state university system.

Religious Liberty

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.


What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

That the government should not enact any law that interferes with any religious beliefs.


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

Strongly Disagree

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

I would promote it by opening it to the free market.

National Security

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

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.


State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Anyone, under any circumstances, provided they follow the legal means of immigration laws.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.


I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in one God. I hold Christian values and worship at a Roman Catholic Church.


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.

I'm a member of the NRA. I'm a member at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church.

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

I hold a B.S. in Crime, Law, and Justice. I have prior experience in public servitude as Mayor of Middleport, PA. I have many years experience managing millions of dollars in sales and inventory, working as an advocate for change.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


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

I believe that by focusing on what matters to us as individuals, we can find common bi-partisan issues we can correct for the benefit of all. As a father of 4, young children, I am unhappy with the current results in Harrisburg. We need to get spending under control and work together on making the commonwealth a better place to live and work.

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?


What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Government's ability to legislate.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.


I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1. Public Education Funding 2. Infrastructures (roads)-by insuring gas tax revenue is used for it's primary intention. 3. Term Limits

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

No, but the opportunity exists for people to exploit our differences solely for the purpose of dividing. More, now than ever, thanks to social media.


  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, BS, 2002
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • NRA, Member
  • Holy Cross Church, Parishoner
  • Scouts of America, Member/Leader/Eagle Scout
  • Mayor, Held 4

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