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.
Our elected state representative and senators should work all leads to help bring business to Tennessee. I also believe we need to involve the elected officials from each area to help attract those businesses with higher paying jobs to their community. I am not a fan of massive tax incentives from the state level. Tax incentives should be up to each individual city/county government to offer.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would want to see abortion clinics regulated as medical facilities. I also want to see second and third trimester abortions performed in a hospital in the event something goes wrong so that the health of the woman or baby is protected. I would support reinstating the 48-hour minimum waiting period for abortions.
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 have the ultimate responsibility for education. Parents who are involved in helping their children perform better in schools. I also believe teachers, administrators, and boards of education have a responsibility to provide parents timely feedback to help at home.
My wife and I were in constant communication with our daughter’s teachers from kindergarten to the second grade. We knew when she was in trouble, what subject she was struggling with, and we asked the teacher to send home practice material on that subject. The teachers always provided us with the material we needed and it helped our daughter’s confidence in school.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
There are several. Getting married and having my children has been the biggest blessing in my life. My wife and I were married nearly 10 years ago, and our two children are the joy of my life.
Professionally, working for 14 years on Knoxville’s largest Christmas event called The Living Christmas Tree at Sevier Heights Baptist Church. Seeing the thousands of families that were able to attend a free event while we also encouraged them with the Gospel of Christ is something I will not regret.
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?
For the past 13-and-a-half years, I have learned what serving people is really about by working through my church. I have sat at the bedside or in the funeral home for friends who were going through one of the most sensitive and painful times in their lives. I have helped people with job searches by sending them leads that came our way. I have worked within our church to help families get financial assistance to pay bills.
Knowing what hurt and struggling families look like and taking this experience to Nashville gives me a unique perspective on how government should work, how we can reduce the impact on the everyday lives our our citizens. Government should exist to promote a business environment that helps all our citizens. Keeping our taxes low so families can keep more of their hard-earned money. Funding education and setting forth minimum standards but not controlling education. Letting local school boards develop higher standards for their district and leaving classroom lessons up to the teachers and parents.