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.
Tennessee is unique to its constituents, as is any other state. The state should create its own incentives for job creation and economic growth without hindrance from the federal government, along with their unfunded mandates and carrot stick approach to force compliance.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would support any legislation that could lead to defining the beginning of life as “the moment of conception.”
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. Pregnancy rate, literacy rate, crime statistics, moral decline, and general disregard for each other—we have seen these in the last decade or so.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
- Being placed on the committee that first passed SJR 127.
- Prime sponsor of HJR 667, which objects to religiously affiliated organizations having to provide contraceptives to employees (i.e., Obamacare).
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 pro-life, pro-moral, pro-Christian record as a former legislator.