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.
Maintain a balanced budget and repeal laws that give rise to economically harmful regulations. Ensure the private sector that there will be no new taxes levied on small business. Promote free trade as a means to increase economic activity. Reduce the size and scope of government by outsourcing inefficient bureaucracies to the private sector.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
First and foremost I would support legislation that makes abortion illegal except in the case where the choice must be made to save the mother’s life. I would sponsor legislation requiring the abortion industry to be regulated by the same laws that govern medical practitioners in order to protect those women whose lives are threatened by substandard and unsanitary procedures and facilities.
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.
Parents are ultimately responsible to choose the educational resources that will provide the greatest opportunities to prepare their children for the future. School choice gives families the opportunity to choose a school that best meets their child’s needs. Charter schools, vouchers, and homeschooling are wonderful alternatives to many of the lower performing government schools most low-income families find themselves trapped within.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
My wife and I committed to raise our grandson before he was born. We have watched him grow and develop into a fine young man. He is wise for his age and a blessing to all who know him. We know our Great God is already using him mightily in his young life to touch others. What a blessing it has been and continues to be.
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?
When faced with difficult challenges, one of my greatest strengths is remaining focused while working with others to find the best path forward. The practical application of proven principles based on God’s Truth has worked well for me in the business world, and I am certain this is the best methodology to incorporate while representing the people of Tennessee’s 81st District. Sacrificing my own self-interests for the common good is an important component in this recipe for success.