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.
State government certainly has a role in relation to economic growth by enacting less regulation and through tax incentives, benefits, and other perks, enticing new businesses and industry to come here to Tennessee. It is important, however, that these same benefits are extended to the existing business and industry that we already have, so they too can grow, expand, add jobs, and compete on a fair and balanced playing field.
What particular regulations of abortion would you support or oppose and why?
I do not support abortion. I would support any legislation that prohibits abortion in this state, except when the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Regulations on term of pregnancy are not negotiable. Life begins at conception.
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 both parents and the government should be responsible for the education of children, but more importantly the parents. A stable home is the beginning of a successful education of a child.
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
My most satisfying accomplishment has been and continues to be the raising of six children and my support as a grandfather for seven grandchildren. My pro-life conviction guided and allowed me as a young man to make an early life decision that has blessed me abundantly.
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 was self employed with a successful business for 35 years. Many years of meeting deadlines, providing hundreds of jobs, and encouraging employees and others to work toward a better tomorrow has enabled me to have the experience and ability to solve problems and issues using logical thinking and common sense. These are asset experiences I will share in the Legislature as a Statesman rather than a Politician.