|Indiana State Senate District 30|
Peterson took Project Vote Smart's Political Courage Test, which measures candidates' willingness to respond to questions of policy; he received a rating of 100 percent. In his response, he answered in support of the right to choose, the right to bear arms (albeit with a license), decreasing spending (particularly in education, welfare, health care, and the environment), eliminating income and corporate taxes, decreasing alcohol/cigarette/gas/oil/property taxes, interstate health insurance compacts, tort reform, and civil unions for same-sex couples.
When asked for his legislative priorities, he replied with the decriminalization of drugs, as well as what he called the "Permission Principle," involving "a law that requires CEO's and union leaders to first obtain written permission from stock holders and union members before CEO's and union leaders can spend for their political purposes that portion of corporate money or union dues they want to spend on their political purposes."
- See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2012
Peterson ran in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 30. Peterson's name did not appear on the May 8 primary ballot. Peterson filed candidacy paperwork after the primary election and was defeated by incumbent Scott Schneider (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Indiana State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Scott Schneider Incumbent||49.3%||34,445|
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- Project Vote Smart, "Fred C Peterson's Political Positions," retrieved October 29, 2012.
- Indiana Secretary of State: Elections Division, "November 6, 2012 General Election Abbreviated Candidate List," retrieved July 9, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, " Official 2012 General Election Results," accessed January 19, 2013