Boots Of Recovery's website explains "Our primary purpose is to encourage law makers to help public safety workers find a safer way to live and recover, even from addictions.
Mark Lewis for Senate received an an endorsement and grade "A" from Boots Of Recovery based on his responses to a candidates survey. The organization's questions and Mark's reponses are posted below.
2019 Boots of Recovery Candidate Survey
Have you served (including as volunteer) in the military or public safety?
Sometimes those who appreciate recovery have seen the struggle first hand. Are you in recovery, ever struggled with an addition, have family in recovery, or lost a loved one to addiction?
I did struggle with depression years ago, but I overcame by seeking God, going to therapy, and finding a group of supportive friends.
Would you be willing to implement teaching scientifically proven stress management techniques to public safety employees in training?
Yes, and I would be a strong advocate for removing the stigma around mental health. I understand law enforcement and military service can be extremely stressful. As a Libertarian, I support ending the war on drugs and bringing most of our troops home from overseas to reduce the burden on public safety employees and the military. "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."
There is a saying in recovery, that our secrets keep us sick; pain shared is pain lessened. Sharing with a spiritual guide is crucial to many on a recovery path. Yet some states require priests to disclose to the confessions that involve possible crimes. Even if well intending, such laws can turn spiritually sick people away from recovery, spiritual guidance, and amends (which could include self-admissions). Do you feel the seal of confession should remain intact?
Yes. I oppose laws that require priests to disclose confessions that involve possible crimes and would leave the judgement to disclose possible crimes to be left to individual parties.
Under several state and federal laws, public employees are barred from expressing their personal political beliefs in public, even if outside of official work hours, such as in giving speeches for loved ones running for office or liking a candidate on a social media site. Do you feel public safety employees should have the right to freedom of speech of their political beliefs outside of their work hours?
Yes, I believe public safety employees should be able to express their political beliefs outside of work hours.
Would you be willing to honor and memorialize the good work of public safety officers, who unfortunately later died from suicide/overdose?
Absolutely. I think it's also important to remember that we put unnecessary stress on public safety officers to enforce an unwinnable war on drugs and the best way to honor public safety officers who are victims of that war is to change our laws and reform other aspects of the criminal justice system that put too many people in jail, and put too much stress on public safety officers.