Nebraska Family Alliance

2018 Voter Guide

Secretary of State

Bob Evnen

Bob Evnen (Republican)

Bob Evnen:

Candidate's Website: http://www.bobevnen2018.com/

Bob Evnen:

There are several functions of the Secretary of State's office that are of vital concern to the State and that fit well with my knowledge, experience and interest. I was a member of the Nebraska State Board of Education for eight years and I am ready to return to public service if the voters of Nebraska would like me to do so. Maintaining the integrity of our voting system is critical to the legitimacy of our representative democracy, and those systems are under pressure as never before. I want to protect the sanctity of the ballots cast by every properly registered voter. The Secretary of State sits on the Pardons Board, and with my work in support of keeping the death penalty on the books, I want to help ensure that public safety is the foremost consideration. And as something new and exciting, I want to bring to bear my experience as a business negotiator to work with the governor in expanding Nebraska's export markets. This represents an extension of the work already performed by the Secretary of State's office, and it is a way to use the status of the office to benefit the economy of Nebraska.

Bob Evnen:

"That government is best which governs least." - Henry David Thoreau There are certain functions that state and local governments must perform in a civilized society, for example, public safety and public infrastructure (roads, municipal water and sewer service, policing, and firefighting). There are others as well, but whenever we consider extending the reach of our government, we should think long and hard about the impact on freedoms that are necessarily lost or circumscribed by such extension. The Secretary of State has a number of important roles in the life of the State. Our incumbent Secretary of State, John Gale, who has chosen not to run for re-election, deserves the thanks and appreciation of our citizens for running a well-organized and efficient office. Among others, the protection of voting integrity, the protection of public safety, and the expansion of Nebraska's international trade are particularly significant. So too are the functions performed in record-keeping and in chairing boards and commissions.

Bob Evnen:

1) Voting Security. The Secretary of State is the chief election officer of Nebraska. Maintaining fair and secure elections, free from corruption, is critical to our representative democracy. We can see from the experience of others that once voting systems become corrupted, they are almost impossible to clean up again. That's why I am focused on this. I support voter ID. According to a recent Gallup poll, 80 percent of Americans, and 77 percent of minorities that they surveyed support voter ID. This can be accomplished without disenfranchising properly registered voters. I also support confirming that those who fill out voter registration cards are citizens of the United States. 2. Public Security. The Secretary of State sits on the Nebraska Board of Pardons along with the Governor and Attorney General. The Pardons Board is a very powerful body. It can commute death sentences to life, life sentences to a term of years, a term of years to time served, and it can outright pardon those who have been convicted. The decisions of the Pardons Board are final and not reviewable by any court. I was a co-founder of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, the group that petitioned to put the question of the death penalty on the ballot so that Nebraskans could decide for themselves whether they want to keep the death penalty on the books. Nebraskans voted overwhelmingly to do so. As a member of the Pardons Board, public safety will be my number one consideration. 3. Economic Security. The Secretary of State has a status as the protocol officer of the state. Foreign dignitaries and foreign business people view the Secretary of State as an office that brings the imprimatur of the State to the matters in which the Secretary of State is involved. I want to use the status of the Secretary of State's office to work with the Governor to expand Nebraska's international export trade. I can use that status to help successfully negotiate trade deals to expand our exports and strengthen our economy. This is an exciting potential for the office of the Secretary of State.

Bob Evnen:

I am pro-life. I oppose abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother, which is an extremely rare situation. I oppose public funding for abortion providers. I oppose the use of embryonic stem cells created for the purpose of medical research. I support banning the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer for therapeutic research or for reproductive purposes. I oppose medically assisted suicide and euthanasia. I support providing alternatives to abortion through counseling and adoption agencies. I support providing expectant mothers with ultrasound images of their babies, and I support legislation prohibiting abortion once the baby has reached a pain-sensitive stage. People sometimes ask me to reconcile my pro-life views with my pro-death penalty views. This is not a difficult question to me. One cannot imagine a more innocent human life than a baby in the womb. There is no comparison between the innocence of the baby in the womb and the guilt of a wanton murderer.

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