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.
I believe state government’s role here is to help, rather than hinder, by excessive regulation. Economic growth and job creation should be through private enterprise, although government can certainly play a role as a liaison in recruiting prospective companies and providing tax abatements and other incentives. Our government should not be the majority job creator or employer in the state.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I do not believe in abortion unless there is a medical necessity. I do support the Amendment 1 ballot measure and hope that once ratified we will be able to pass legislation that contains informed consent and waiting periods.
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.
While I am a strong supporter of public education, I firmly believe that parents are primarily and ultimately responsible for the education of their children. All three of my children attended public schools, but their education with regard to values, the importance of truth and justice, and the value of discourse on important topics was taught, supported, and discussed regularly at home.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
I am proud to have established the PTO Leadership Council in Williamson County, a simple yet profound example of effective collaboration and the success that can be achieved when differences are set aside, a unified mission is determined, and ideas are freely shared and accepted.
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?
Honesty, integrity, and wisdom, coupled with respect for others and a genuine interest to hear others’ ideas in order to determine the true facts of the situation and to work collaboratively together. My focused intent is to guard against government overreach at all levels, to keep the focus on the district first, and ensure good is brought forth through solutions that are relevant, obtainable, easily implemented and managed, and, most importantly, do no harm. My experiences as a CPA, a proven leader, a committed community volunteer, and a public official combine to make me well qualified, well equipped, and ready to bring forth new ideas and fresh perspectives.