Matthew Nielsen

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
Business Development Executive
BA (California State University); MS (Creighton University)
Wife & four children
I feel that our town is at a fork in the road that could result in growing the town government's size and functions beyond appropriate, limited roles. I am committed to limiting tax burdens, regulations, and interference in the lives of the citizens of Gilbert. I will use my influence as mayor to ensure that Gilbert's citizens enjoy the freedoms from government that our Founding Fathers envisioned.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Denying federal funding to “sanctuary cities” that do not comply with federal immigration laws S
2. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy S* I'm a strong proponent of educational freedom as the board chair and founder of the Educational Freedom Institute.
3. Expanding background checks to include guns purchased from private individuals O
4. Using taxpayer funds to support any organization that provides, promotes, or provides referrals for abortion O
5. Prohibiting abortion except when it is necessary to prevent the death of the mother O* I would add rape and incest to this list. However, I would support advocating adoption to those victims as well.
6. Providing tax breaks to certain industries over others O
7. Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination ordinances O
8. Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome S
9. Setting minimum wages above the state minimum wage O
10. Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their conscience S