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, like federal government, should be limited in scope. Our job is to create a fertile environment for businesses to be able to exist in a free market, and to grow and prosper without excessive regulation or control. We must also work hard to show companies that are considering locating to Tennessee how capable our workforce is.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would like for us as a state to regulate abortion as much as legally possible. Whether it’s making pregnant teenagers have parental notification, or making abortionists connect with local hospitals, we should do everything we can to reflect the values of Tennesseans in our abortion laws.
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.
I believe parents ultimately have the responsibility of educating their children. Too many people leave education completely up to the state, but some things are better learned in the home. For example, sex education is a sensitive subject that should be taught by parents so that they have control over the content and how it is presented.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
The most satisfying and rewarding thing I have accomplished is raising my three children to be of good moral character. There is no prouder moment than having people brag on my kids to me. While there’s no such thing as a perfect parent, the years of hard work showing them how to live a respectable, Christian life are without a doubt my greatest achievement.
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 believe the most important qualities of an elected official are to always be honest and forthright with your constituents, to work hard to represent them, and to listen and communicate effectively. I have tried to do all these things in my years in public service.