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.
As a legislature, we need to be working first and foremost to create businesses that can — and want to — grow and create jobs and build an economy. If we create a favorable tax, regulations, and quality of life environment, businesses can succeed and their success will bring others to Tennessee. If we tax and spend, run up massive debts, and don’t invest in preparing our workforce through a quality education, we create a natural disincentive to a productive economy.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
Every life is sacred. We need to fight to protect the unborn as much as possible.
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.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
Retired Colonel in the U.S. Army, serving with my brothers in arms, protecting freedom and country.
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?
Serving in the military and serving thousands of patients as a heart and lung surgeon.