Candidate Profile
Yehudis Gottesfeld

Conservative , New York


Yehudis Gottesfeld
U.S. Rep., Dist. 17

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Conservative Party of New York State

Reported by Candidate

Rockland County Republican Party, Westchester County Conservative Party, Rockland County Conservative Party, New York State Conservative Party

Selected Contributions


Maverick PAC (2020)







Other Information


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

Right to Life

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


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.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

If the life or physical health of the mother is at risk.


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


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

Strongly Agree

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The best way to guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations is to reduce regulations and taxes so the economy can boom. Ultimately, robust economic growth is the best way to ensure these benefits are and continue to be available.

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

(Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Americans should continue to help pay off the student loans in relation to national service, such as for US veterans.

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

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 our government is Constitutionally prohibited from placing a burden on the religious expression of any person or group, not burden or privilege any religion above any other, and may not pass laws that force Americans to violate the dictates of their own conscience.


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

Strongly Disagree

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree

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

To promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible to all, the US should utilize free market principles, such a price disclosures, fair billing and consumer protections, as well allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines and reversing the artificial inflation of prescription drug prices charged to Americans when the same drug is available at far cheaper prices in other countries.

National Security

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

Strongly Agree

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

To help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, internationally, we need aggressive military responses as well as coordinated trade and sanction policies. Domestically, we need to continue being diligent in staying safe and being aware and on the look-out for pockets of this hateful ideology and its supporters, including its counterparts, like the BDS movement.


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.

Strongly Agree

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree

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

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.


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

The US is a country of immigrants. We should streamline the immigration process to make it easier for those who share our values, are cable of and desire to contribute to our economy, want to integrate into our society and are willing to follow the legal immigration process to immigrate to the US. We should also maintain our robust asylum system for those most in need, as currently exists under the law, so we can remain, as we are, the beacon of hope for all the word.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


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

Strongly Agree

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'm a Jewish American. I believe strongly in the power of God and His influence in the world and in our lives, and believe that we should all strive every day to be better people and to serve God, each in accordance with the dictates of his own conscience. Additionally, as a member of a minority religion in the US, I strongly believe in and prioritize celebrating individual religious expression.


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?


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

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 am a young, 4th generation American, Jewish woman and scientist who grew up in the community I want to represent, put myself through school and have personally witnessed the desperation of illness and its effect on families. I believe I can represent all people in my district and bring a perspective and empathy that unites everyone around our shared American values. At the same time, I am uniquely positioned to send a message to the increasingly-radical Democrats about embracing policies that have failed my district, leading to high taxes, high cost of living, not enough good jobs and their coddling of anti-Semites like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

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

The second amendment is an individual right and upholding the rights of the people, which is guaranteed under the Constitution. Protecting our Constitution is and should be the first priority of every representative in our country.

Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree

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?

Ensure families enjoy the benefits of economic growth and recovery and experience increased job opportunities with respect to jobs, education and healthcare. Keep Americans Safe by adequately funding our defense, first responders, border security and combating hate.

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

Targeted violence, which includes racial violence, anti-Semitic violence and ideological violence, like that committed by ANTIFA, is a threat to domestic security and is something Americans should prioritize combatting.


  • Columbia University, New York, PhD, IP
  • The City College of New York, New York, BS-BE, 2018
Work & Military
  • New York City Department of Environmental Planning, Chemical Engineer, 1
  • Exelon Generation
  • JoinIsrael (Charity), Board Member
  • New York Cares, Volunteer
  • Chai Lifeline, Volunteer
  • (Candidate did not provide)

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