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 should provide an environment that is friendly to businesses, especially small business. This environment should include but not necessarily be limited to low tax burdens on the business and its employees, minimal regulations on the business, and respect for the rights of business owners to operate in accordance with their beliefs.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would support mandatory waiting periods, increased attention to parental consent for minors, and the licensing and regulation of abortion clinics. I would also support regulation to require all abortion clinics to have an admitting privilege with a local hospital.
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 and ultimate responsibility for the education of their children. Parents should be allowed to select the public or private school their children attend. Regardless of their choice, parents should have the final say in what their children are taught with respect to moral issues and sexuality. Parents should also have the right to home school their children.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
Sponsoring the Sex Ed bill that was passed in the 107th General Assembly.
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 faith in and relationship with God, as that will provide my moral compass as I consider issues that are before the Legislature. My experience in government relations with BellSouth and my experience as a Metro Councilman for eight years and a State Representative for two years. I have experienced both sides of the desk, and this provides me a keen insight on the issues.