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.
It is the role of the free market to discover demand and create supply. The role of the government to regulate or incentivize should be minimized so as not to artificially create winners and losers with taxpayer funds.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I am 100% pro life and will always vote accordingly. Any regulation in support of abortion will be opposed. Any regulation that restricts abortion will be supported. I am actively supporting the “Yes on 1” movement as I campaign across the district.
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 have children in public schools. It is the responsibility of parents to determine what is in the best interest of their child—whether to enroll in public schools, charter schools, virtual schools, or home school. As for public schools, it is the responsibility of parents, teachers, administrators, and local school boards within a CITY OR COUNTY to determine what is in the best educational interest of our children—not unions, the state government, or the federal government.
One example: I am against Common Core. First, the federal government has no constitutional authority in determining education policy (even though it has been done via the governors’ association). Second, education policy needs to be developed locally (i.e, close to the students and schools) to best provide for the needs of that particular school or community.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
In the Senate, I sponsored the Religious Viewpoints Anti-discrimination Act to give local school districts the tools needed to fight the ACLU. Many thought it would not survive committee and would certainly not pass the Senate floor. With hard work, it passed the Senate Education Committee 9-0 and the Senate 29-0.
This was what I was elected to do: Fight for our conservative values and never give up, regardless of the odds or the opposition of special interest groups.
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?
One personal quality is the ability to communicate respectfully and win others over to our conservative values.
Other qualities and experiences:
Kerry Roberts is well-qualified to be State Senator:
- He is a strong, conservative leader who has a proven legislative record in the Tennessee Senate. He was named the State Senate’s “2012 Freshman of the Year” by a noted political writer.
- He is 100% pro-life and actively supports the “Yes on 1” campaign, in order to remove abortion protections from Tennessee’s Constitution.
- Kerry owns guns and firmly supports the constitutional right to own and bear arms.
- He understands the religious heritage of our great nation and knows that we must honor God daily for His blessings.
Kerry has “real-life” experience, too—the experience that comes from almost 30 years of marriage to his wife, Dianne, and having three children in public schools. His oldest son will attend Harding University this fall.
The family lives on a small farm, where growing and harvesting horse hay with vintage farm equipment is a family event. Kerry also enjoys the work that comes with living in and maintaining a 150-year-old house on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kerry has the experience of a 30-year business career. He graduated from Lipscomb University in 1983 and became a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to teaching business classes at Lipscomb for six years, he has owned and operated three different businesses —signing hundreds of paychecks along the way. Kerry also served as president and chairman of a national trade association, representing the interests of 5,000 independent businesses to a global industry.
Kerry shares our conservative values and work ethic. He has proven legislative experience and “real-life” experience. Kerry has the qualifications and experience to be our voice in the Tennessee Senate.