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 state’s most important role is to stay out of the way so that businesses can grow and succeed. We should set policies and tax rates in Tennessee that will attract new industry to Tennessee and allow existing businesses to grow and create new jobs.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would support any regulations or licensing changes that are constitutional and seek to protect the mother and the life of the unborn.
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.
The responsibility rests solely with the parents; however, there are many cases today where the government has no choice but to step in and ensure the needs of the child are met. We need to return to an emphasize on individual responsibility and move away from our current system of government trying to do everything.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
In the legislature it would be my work on pro-life and pro-second amendment legislation, most notably the Unborn Protection Act that ensures the criminal is charged with two crimes if they assault or kill a pregnant woman. In my personal life, my mission work in Haiti is one of my favorite and most satisfying activities. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to make about four trips each year and work with a number of good organizations and individuals there.
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 my focus on servant leadership and putting the needs of my constituents first is what best defines my service in the legislature. I have been honored to serve the good people of Robertson County in the State House for the last six years, and I would be humbled to go to work for the people of Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Hickman, and Humphreys County each day in the State Senate.