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 is basically to stay out of the way of peaceful and honest business enterprise. Protection against criminal and tortious harm is another state role. Working as a supplement to parents, the state has a partial role in supporting peaceful and constructive behavior among the citizens, and in a degree supporting education (which should mostly remain local.)
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I have already proposed legislation that would mirror the universal determination of death statute, where the end of life is determined by the irreversible cessation of either the central nervous system, or of the circulatory/respiratory system. Life thus begins when both a circulatory and a nervous system has formed in the fetus. Infliction of death upon this living being would thenceforward be homicide.
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 primary responsibility. The state – or preferably the local – school board is an agent responsible to the parents. Example (?) – How about: The parent changes the kid’s diapers. That is their responsibility. But the parent can choose to hire a nanny to do it instead. It’s still the parent’s job to be sure the poop is gone – whether with the diapers, or the education.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
Seeing how my kids have grown into responsible, self-supporting citizens and parents on their own.
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 have served – in the military as a veteran of Vietnam; as a parent; in a career in FedEx, delivering service to customers around the world; and as an active citizen, working to get legislation passed to protect our rights, whether to choose how we are governed (as in opposing forced annexation); protecting us against warrantless seizures in roadside stops; in screening and testifying regarding the anti-American propaganda in textbooks, and in such continuing efforts.