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.
Our role in state government is to keep taxes and regulations to a minimum. Tennessee has worked hard to maintain a business friendly atmosphere. The state needs to protect this environment that allows current businesses to expand without undo burdens and encourages new businesses to relocate to our area.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I believe we need to protect life in the womb. It is our responsibility to speak for those who do not yet have a voice.
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 that parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children. We need parents who are involved and engaged in the learning that happens at school. A great teacher can have a profound impact on the student. However, it is the parents who consistently stay involved in the education of their children that achieve the most lasting results.
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 that my office has allowed me to do is help people in trouble. When constituents call my office with a problem they are having dealing with governmental bureaucracy, we can help. We are able to cut through the red tape that is preventing them from finding real answers to their problems. They are finally able to get the help, answers, and services they deserve from the government.
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 feel it is important to look for input and advice from a wide range of people. I do not and cannot know how each and every bill or law passed will affect everyone. That is why in my time in office, I have always depended on an advisory board. This is a group of diverse people from all political parties, different ethnicities, genders, and backgrounds that help me understand how our decisions will affect them. I strongly believe this makes me a better legislator and a true representative of the people who send me to the capital.