Beyond the 13 survey questions we asked each candidate on our voter guides, each candidate who answered the survey was given the opportunity, if they so chose, to respond to the following five essay questions in 300 words or less. On this page are the specific candidate’s answers. If a candidate answered some, but not all, of the questions, each unanswered question is marked as “No answer was provided.”
Explain your view of state government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation.
The role of the state in economic development is to provide the lightest hand possible. Generally, I believe the lowest tax environment possible leads to the broadest economic expansion as well as the economic freedom essential to spur investment and innovation.
To recruit new jobs and keep existing employers, the state must provide the most effective education system possible, the most efficient services possible, and the lightest regulatory burden possible while still accomplishing the basic mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.
I am not a strong supporter of cash and tax incentives in economic development. Incentives may have a very limited role in attracting premier employers, given that every other state chases headline opportunities, but I am convinced if we provide graduates who can perform, a minimal tax plan and light regulatory system, we will win new employers and certainly hang on to those we have.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would support all abortion restrictions, with the possible exception of those relatively rare circumstances including rape, incest, and health of the mother. In those rare circumstances, I believe the mother and family should be fully informed of all potential medical alternatives as well the adoption option.
Abortion should never be permissible as a “family planning tool” given the huge number of willing and ready adoptive parents available who travel to literally all ends of the world to find adoptable children.
Do you believe parent(s) or government have the primary and ultimate responsibility for the education of children? Please provide at least one example that you believe demonstrates what you mean.
Parents carry the supreme duty of raising children who are prepared to harmoniously function and compete in society. While the state is constitutionally mandated to provide sound educational opportunities, it is the obligation of the parents, not the state, to ensure the child takes maximum advantage of that opportunity.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
I dedicated my law enforcement career to alerting young people to the dangers of drugs, legal or otherwise. I do believe we made a difference in the lives of many young people through our efforts in drug awareness and prevention, with techniques that were sought after by other departments around the country. This was extremely rewarding work, and should I never accomplish anything else, I will be able to fully retire satisfied in that performance.
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will define the nature of your service, if elected, and why do you think they are important?
In every situation, as a career law enforcement officer and now small businessman in the transportation logistics industry, I have found myself able to relate to and work with folks of every walk of life. I do consider myself a team player and a consensus builder who will work to find the best possible solution, regardless of whose idea it is, while guided by faith and the broad principles outlined above.