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.
My view is that government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation is that we as a legislature need to make sure that we keep taxes low and keep more regulations off of businesses so that companies will want to relocate to Tennessee. I fought the state income tax, and that has been a big plus in Tennessee. I was a co-sponsor on the constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I have supported in the past and will support again legislation to require a 48-hour waiting period after the time they were informed before a woman can have an abortion. I have supported and will support again a law requiring riskier late-term abortions to be performed in a hospital. I have supported and will support again legislation for informed consent before a woman can have an abortion. I was the sponsor of SJR 127, which is on the ballot as Yes on 1.
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 the parents have the responsibility for their children and for their education and training. I believe it is up to the parent to make sure their child is getting the right kind of education. Common Core Curriculum, with the federal government being in charge, undermines parental responsibility and leaves the parent out of their child’s education, keeping test questions secret, collecting date on our children, and taking the parent completely out of control.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
One of the most satisfying things I have ever accomplished is running for County Commission and then the legislature and being able to effect good legislation for my county and state. I am probably most proud of SJR 127, the fetal homicide bill, the bill to require hospital privileges for abortion doctors (which shut down a 28-year-old abortion clinic), parental consent for abortion, etc. I am also proud of the DUI legislation I have passed, a bill to increase penalties for meth offenders, and a bill to combat synthetic drugs. I have to add to that a bill to reduce the sales tax on food and voting for bills to actually reduce and eliminate taxes. Bottom line, I feel I have made a real difference for my county and state.
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 think the personal qualities or experience of standing my ground on issues even when I had to stand alone at first when I felt it was the right thing to do. I think this is an important attribute of anyone who is a principled leader.