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.
State government is in place to reinforce the fairness of the free market by offering laws that prevent corruption and theft. In addition, the use tax PILOTs and incentives allow for the recruitment of larger industries which supply large quantities of jobs. Maintaining a business-friendly tax code and regulatory environment should be the economic mission of our state. Likewise, the state needs to be cognizant of policies that have an inverse impact on small businesses and their ability to invest in jobs.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I support increasing regulations on abortions. I believe the right to life is an issue of human rights, not choice. The unborn have no voice, they have no lobby. I do believe that abortion to save the life of the mother should remain legal, as it is justifiable similar to other justifiable portions of our law.
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 retain the final authority on the education of children unless they are proven grossly negligent. Even though public education maintains a mission of being open-access, we could benefit from increased measures in allowing for individual education plans (IEPs) for all students that allowed for pace-learning. In addition, we could expand school choice measures to include hybridization of public and private schooling; access to select vouchers; and expanded public charter initiatives.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
Twelve years ago, I and a few partners started a business. We began with no working capital. All we had was our sweat equity and determination. Twelve years later, we have created jobs, provided good work, and expanded our business footprint. It is satisfying to see the fruitful work of your hands and succeeding in spite of risk. It is VERY satisfying to know that our work has created jobs that have feed the families of others.
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?
My experience as a small business owner making a payroll has provided me perspective on what policies effect businesses. My experience working in education and as a researcher in education policy has molded my pragmatism and objectivity. My experience as a Christian has pressed me to be honest, productive, and considerate of my fellow man. My experience serving as Vice Chairman of the Bradley County Commission has expanded my competency in government, good policy, and political cooperation. These are important because they make for competent, cooperative, transparent, and productive governance.