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.
Government does not create jobs or economic growth. Government can and should create an environment that is conducive to economic growth and job creation by doing the following:
- Maintaining a low tax structure that is fair and not overly burdensome to business and job creators.
- Implement a civil justice system that is fair and equitable to those who are wronged by the acts of others while also offering reasonable foreseeability of liability and risk for business owners and discouraging the practice of “jackpot justice” civil litigation.
- Ensure that we have a stable and robust public and private education system that prepares the children of today for the workforce of tomorrow.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I would support any and all regulations that our United States Supreme Court has allowed other states to implement, because we should be doing everything we can within the limits of our state and federal constitutions to reduce the number of abortions in this Country.
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 parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children and they should have the ability to choose the appropriate educational path that meets their needs. Wile I strongly support our public education system in this state, I also believe that private, parochial, and home schooling are equally viable options for a sound educational experience.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
Carrying Gov. Haslam’s comprehensive tort reform bill in our State House in 2011 was one of the most satisfying accomplishments of my legislative career. I invested a significant amount of time and energy in crafting the bill and resolving disputes, and I firmly believe that the legislation will do more to stimulate economic growth in Tennessee than any other legislation enacted so far during my legislative career.
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 am a mediator and wordsmith at heart. I enjoy looking for common ground between opposing forces and crafting legislation that can be accepted by both sides while accomplishing a meaningful goal.