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.
Government does not create jobs at any level but it can foster an environment for entrepreneurs to take risk and create jobs. Government should limit regulations that inhibit job creation as much as possible.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would only support abortion if the mother’s life were in danger. I view abortion as murder, and I think the rights of the newborn should be protected.
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.
I believe that both parents and government share in the responsibility for the education of children. The government should provide for the cost of educating each child, but the parents should be responsible for making sure that the child does his/her best in following school policies, communicating with the school and teachers, doing homework,and studying for tests, etc. Responsible parenting is the key in the success of children learning and becoming successful in life. An example is parent/teacher conferences. Parents who are concerned and are responsible are the ones who attend parent/teacher conferences, and usually their children are the ones who are on the honor roll and principal’s list. Parents who don’t attend, their children are usually the ones who are academically low or in trouble.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
The most satisfying accomplishment was the first time my high school team won the TSSAA Girls’ State Tournament. We had participated in the state tournament 10 or 11 times before finally winning. We were also runners-up 3 times. We were state champions in 2001 and 2011.
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?
I believe having a laid-back and likable personality and being competitive are my personal qualities that will define the nature of my service. I’m very easy going, yet I’m also very persistent and competitive when it comes to not letting anyone else out-work me or making improvements. I’m also a good mediator/peacemaker. I don’t jump to conclusions without hearing both sides. The experience of serving the public as a teacher, coach, and principal for 33 years will have a positive effect in serving the voters in District 71.