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 not the role of state government to create jobs or economic development. It is the role of the government to be as far removed and as least involved as it can be in the private sector. Government must create an environment that is business friendly with less red tape and hassles.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I am a firm believer of life begins at inception, and therefore I could not support any abortion regulations. I would never offer regulations for the murder of a person, which I consider is what happens during an abortion.
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.
Government should be responsible. I know many parents in my district who do not have the knowledge or education background to make informed decisions on what is needed to educate a child, myself included. That’s not saying anything negative or against anyone, by no means. Many of us are experts in one field or another, whereas government can provide a larger base of expertise in many areas to better equip our children to be prepared when entering the workplace for a better future.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
Starting a successful business from the ground up with no prior experience or knowledge of that business and continuing to be successful until it was sold some eighteen years later. I look forward to working in the legislature with the same goal and enthusiasm.
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 have devoted a big part of my life to being a public servant. I was elected as a Town of Mountain City Alderman in 1997 and served in that position until I was elected Mayor in 2007. I volunteered eight years on the Chamber of Commerce in Johnson County, including two years as President. I have also volunteered to serve on the 911 board of directors, Johnson County Community Hospital Board, First Tennessee Human Resources Agency, Eastern Eight Housing Agency, Johnson County Industrial and Economic Development Committee, and the First Tennessee Development District Board of Directors.
The 3rd district is one of the larger districts in the state as it is comprised of small towns and communities both incorporated and unincorporated. The mainly remote list includes all of Johnson County’s communities of Trade, Shady Valley, Laurel Bloomery, Butler, Neva, Forge Creek, Shouns, Doe Valley, and the county seat, Mountain City. Also in this district are Blountville, Piney Flatts, and Bluff City in Sullivan County, and Roan Mountain and Hampton in Carter County. Growing up in Mountain City, my experience from being involved in local politics and a small business owner give me the upper hand of knowing what the residents who live in this district need from the state legislature and be better prepared to meet each community’s unique and individual needs.