James T. Golden, a Democrat, is running for U.S. Congressional District 13 seat. James Golden is a practicing attorney and minister. Golden currently preaches at Ward Temple African Methodist Church in Bradenton, Florida. Golden is originally from the Daytona Beach, Florida, area, and has lived in Bradenton since 1993. Golden is married with six children and 10 grandchildren. Golden, like other candidates in this race, are running against Incumbent Vern Buchanan.
Abortion – Golden states, “As a matter of faith I am pro-life. As a matter of fact,I do not believe that any choice as personal and private and permanent as this should be illegal.”
Budget and Taxes – Golden thinks that the first priority regarding the federal budget is to eliminate waste. Golden also thinks that changing priorities in spending and funding is key. Golden is in favor of a budget that benefits everyone. Golden is not necessarily concerned about deficits, but Golden would like to find ways to create surpluses. Golden has a positive outlook for the prosperity of the U.S. As for taxes, Golden indicates that taxes are the only way “to bring about haves to have nots.”
Crime – Golden indicates that there is an alarming rise in gang violence, especially in his District. Golden would like to see that capture and punishment of crime is swift and appropriate for the crime. Golden states that there is not enough police and resources. Golden would like to see more TARP or other government funding leveraged for crime prevention and police protection. Golden thinks there is a disparity in punishment for certain crimes. Golden, again, would like to see resources going to correcting punishment discrepancies and providing for rehabilitation programs.
Disaster Preparedness and Relief – Golden points out that one issue in preparedness as far as evacuation is concerned is that U.S. 17 did not get widened, which was a Vern Buchanan campaign promise, and Vern Buchanan sits on the Transportation Committee.
Environment – Golden points out that Vern Buchanan opposed oil drilling in the Gulf surrounding Florida, but did not oppose other drilling in the Gulf. Golden is opposed to all drilling “for primary energy use.” Golden thinks the drilling issue should be left to state referendums. Golden says that if there is drilling there should be surety and other bonds/insurance for amounts as to foreseeable damages placed in escrow in the event something happens. Golden indicates that a President should not be placed in a position to negotiate after a devastating accident. Also, Golden advocates for laws to address safety issues.
Foreign Affairs and Defense Issues – Golden suggests that the U.S. should “reconsider how [we] relate to other nations.” Golden says that the U.S. should “abandon pre-emptive war doctrine, and repudiate terror as legitimate acts of war.” Golden would like the U.S. to “utilize diplomacy as first resort in confronting adversaries, and to gather international consensus around an approach to adversaries, and to resort to direct action only after full domestic debate and international discussion.”
Gun laws – Golden believes citizens have a right to “protect their homes, defend persons, and enjoy use of guns recreationally.” Golden does not see a solution in limiting guns to only certain persons, but does advocate that certain violent criminals should not be allowed to have guns.
Health policy – Golden supports President Obama’s health care law and “looks forward to improving” the law. Golden does not support repealing the law, unlike opponent Vern Buchanan.
Immigration – The federal court ruling came down on the Arizona law the day of Golden’s interview. Golden was praiseworthy of the judge’s findings from what he read briefly on his computer. Golden does not want to see persons carry papers to show citizenship. Golden wants to work towards a permanent resolution to immigration issues. Golden points out that immigration is a United States decision, not a State’s decision. Golden does not want to see persons that work hard be uprooted from their families. Golden feels that the persons being targeted as illegals are paying and being supportive to the economic system. Golden wants to cease the notion of second class citizens.
Law and civil rights – Golden believes, “until true equality and equity exists for all of us then none of us are really free; freedom can only exist when no preference is discerned; the very fact that preferences are discernible is testimony that all are not free.”
Same-sex marriage – Golden states, “marriage is a matter of faith beyond legal definitions.” Golden has no qualms about according any two people the same benefits a married couple is entitled to, “but that does not make them married.”
Energy – Golden thinks now is the time to be proactive about energy alternatives, due to the disaster in the Gulf. Golden would like to jump start a commitment to “embrace alternative energy sources.”
Campaign Motto – Democrats work for all; Republicans work for themselves. Candidate Golden states, “I will work for ALL of us.”
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U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union No. 79
Veteran’s Vision Magazine (www.vetsvision.org)
Former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn
Mike Williams, President, Florida Building and Construction Trades Council
Sarah Thomson, Manatee County Chamber of Commerce