NICKELSON, JOHN

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House of Representatives
District:
40
Political Affiliation:
Republican

Survey

Response Legend

  • SSStrongly Supports
  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • SOStrongly Opposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Pubic Schools in Montana are overfunded: Oppose
2. Pubic Schools in Montana are underfunded: Strongly Oppose
3. Pubic Schools in Montana are adequately funded: Strongly Support
4. Parental choice in education should be expanded through tax credits, education savings accounts, vouchers, and other means to allow children to attend any school of their or their parents choice: Strongly Support
5. Montana should allow public charter schools: Strongly Support
6. Parents should be allowed to home school their children without additional state regulation: Support
7. The teaching of "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) should be banned in Montana public schools: Strongly Support
8. Comprehensive sex education, beginning as early as kindergarten, should be allowed in public elementary schools: Strongly Oppose* Quality Education is key to the success of any society. In my opinion, the quality of education, both in Montana and the Nation, have declined substantially in my lifetime. I firmly believe parents are charged by God with rearing children born to their marriage. Education is part of that responsibility. In present days, both state and federal government are interfering with parents' ability to school their children. Montana should accept the challenge of providing public funds necessary to promote the education of its youth while, respecting the necessity of parental involvement and input in children's education.
9. Income taxes in Montana are too high: Oppose
10. Property taxes in Montana are too high: Oppose
11. Corporate taxes in Montana are too high: Oppose
12. The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows all citizens to own firearms for self-protection: Strongly Support
13. Global warming is a problem requiring increased regulation: Strongly Oppose
14. Environmental regulations in Montana are too stringent: Support
15. Environmental regulations in Montana are NOT stringent enough: Oppose* The balanced budget amendment has kept Montana legislators more fiscally responsible than many states in the Nation and certainly more responsible than the federal government. Any tax is a burden to the population on which it is imposed. I believe Montana is, overall, fiscally responsible. Some regulation is necessary to maintain a peaceful and healthy society. I strongly oppose regulation that is punitive to the traditional Montana economy. In my view, regulation has been used at both the state and federal level to promote social agendas detrimental to our State. I also recognize the need for responsible regulation.
16. Montanans should not be discriminated against or treated differently because of their vaccine status: Strongly Support* In the past, vaccines have been used successfully to protect Montana's children from diseases like polio, measles and small pox. Presently, both the state and the nation favor using vaccine status to force conformity on a population threatened by a sickness from which the vast majority of infected people will quickly recover. I strongly oppose any such effort.
17. Doctor assisted suicide should be legal in Montana: Oppose
18. Abortion should be banned in ALL stages of pregnancy: Oppose
19. Abortion should be banned during all stages of pregnancy, with the exceptions for rape and incest: Oppose
20. Abortion should be banned only after a heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks): Oppose
21. Abortion should be banned only after the first trimester (12 weeks): Oppose
22. Abortion should be banned only when a fetus becomes viable outside the womb (20 weeks): Strongly Support
23. Abortion should be banned only after the 2nd trimester (28 weeks): Oppose
24. Abortion should never be banned, not at any stage of pregnancy: Strongly Oppose
25. The Montana Constitution should be amended to ban abortion: Oppose
26. Infanticide (infants born alive with physical abnormalities, including infants born as a result of a botched abortion) should be banned in Montana. Strongly Support
27. Companies and individuals should be allowed to opt-out of the abortion related mandates contained in Obamacare: Strongly Support* The practice of abortion has been a hotly contested issue for my entire life. I have known a number of women that have subjected themselves to the practice at some point in their life. I know of none that didn't experience profoundly negative emotional repercussions. I don't approve of public monies being provided to perform abortion. Should the practice of abortion be allowed to continue, I believe state and federal government should provide stringent regulation and oversight.
28. Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete against athletes of the opposite sex: Strongly Oppose
29. Doctors should be banned from performing sex-change procedures on minors: Strongly Support
30. Homosexuals and transgender people should be allowed to adopt children: Support
31. Non-discrimination laws should be expanded to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in the same way that race, creed, nationality, and religion are protected: Support
32. Montana’s marriage laws should be changed to reflect the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court: Strongly Oppose* I believe everyone is privileged with the same rights regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion or sexual orientation. I see no need to extend 'special' rights to persons of any category but recognize the necessity of protecting the rights of all people. In retrospect, it may have been government overreach to license couples to be married. In my view, marriage is reserved by God for men and women who intend to commit themselves to one another for life. It is a contract between these couples and God. In other words, this is God's domain. It is not the domain of the state. I see no reason the government cannot recognize committed relationships between same sex couples the same way it recognizes those relationships between men and women. In matters of government, each should be treated equally. I don't believe a minor child has the maturity and judgement required to make such life altering decisions as undergoing sex change. Such decisions should be reserved for persons who reach the age of consent.