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.
I believe that state government’s role in economic development is primarily to provide a climate that is business friendly, encouraging business growth rather than stifling it. Common sense regulation and consistent enforcement of those regulations help businesses to plan accordingly and lessen uncertainties. A fiscally sound state government provides tax stability, which businesses also appreciate. Ideally, the state would not have to offer taxpayer-funded incentives. But Tennessee must compete on a daily basis with other states and even other countries to attract—and keep—jobs and investment. Those governments do offer such incentives. I support Tennessee’s careful allocation of incentive dollars, with legislative oversight and with clawback provisions to keep our state and this region “in the game” economically.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
If abortions are performed outside the narrow scope of saving the life of the mother as deemed medically necessary, the procedure should be regulated as an outpatient surgery procedure.
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 education and the welfare of the child are ultimately the responsibility of the parent. I support parental choice in using vouchers to send their child to the public school that they choose. I support parent’s rights to home school their children, using a curriculum that meets the diploma requirements of other public and private schools.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
This is a very broad question! Being a wife, a mother, and now a grandmother, serving in my church and in my community, have all brought great joy, great angst, and tremendous satisfaction. Professionally, one of the most satisfying things I have ever done was to successfully bring to fruition a cooperative effort between a racially and economically diverse group of churches to sponsor a community event that funded a Bible in the Schools teacher for Brainerd High School. While the organization had previously used the event model to fund teachers in several schools, there had never been one that brought together primarily African-American churches and their primarily white counterparts. Together we were able to totally fund a teacher, salary benefits, and supplies for three years. I have since had the opportunity to hear from some of the students who were the beneficiaries of that giving. Their appreciation for the impact that teacher and the Bible classes made on their lives was very gratifying.
In my role with the Department of Economic and Community Development, I had the opportunity to play a pivotal role in bringing new jobs and investment to southeast Tennessee. Knowing the impact the jobs created had on the lives of the employees hired—and their families—is also a source of satisfaction.
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?
The combination of my varied business experience and my leadership roles in both the civic and not-for-profit sectors have honed the skills that will allow me to effectively represent the voters of the 27th district. All these experiences have taught me the value of collaboration and enabled me to drive agendas forward by focusing on common goals, without sacrificing principles or values.