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SURVEY QUESTION 1:
Would you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit abortion except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother?
SURVEY QUESTION 2:
Would you support or oppose legislation that would make sexual orientation a new protected class under Tennessee’s civil rights laws?
SURVEY QUESTION 3:
Would you support or oppose legislation that would make gender identity/expression a new protected class under Tennessee’s civil rights laws?
SURVEY QUESTION 4:
Would you support or oppose a bill to amend Tennessee’s marriage statute to expressly authorize the issuance of marriage licenses to two people of the same sex?
SURVEY QUESTION 5:
Would you support or oppose legislation that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Tennessee?
SURVEY QUESTION 6:
Do you support or oppose the proposition that a person should be allowed by law to use the bathroom or locker room that corresponds to the gender they identify with?
SURVEY QUESTION 7:
Would you support or oppose a law creating the office of Solicitor General, a lawyer to serve as the state’s advocate in the court systems, to be appointed by the General Assembly?
SURVEY QUESTION 8:
Do you support or oppose the U.S. Department of Justice redefining the word “sex” to also include gender identity for purposes of Title VII and Title IX?
SURVEY QUESTION 9:
Would you support or oppose legislation, like Insure Tennessee, that would expand Medicaid coverage in TN beyond the Medicaid eligible population?
SURVEY QUESTION 10:
Would you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit state courts or any local government from ordering a privately owned business to participate in activities associated with solemnization or celebration of a marriage through the provision of goods or services if participating would violate their beliefs regarding the nature of marriage?
SURVEY QUESTION 11:
Do you support or oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use?
SURVEY QUESTION 12:
Would you support or oppose legislation to award all of Tennessee’s Electors in a presidential election to the Party of the candidate who wins the national popular vote?
SURVEY QUESTION 13:
Do you support or oppose the legalization of horse racing tracks in Tennessee at which bets can be placed on races?
SURVEY QUESTION 14:
Would you support or oppose a nominee to the TN Supreme Court if there is credible evidence that the nominee believes the state or federal constitution should be viewed or interpreted as a “living” document?
ESSAY QUESTION 1:
Explain your view of state government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation.
While our Founders intended states to have limitless power to legislate outside of the specifically enumerated federal domain, I believe that just because you may have limitless power to legislate, doesn't mean you always should. I believe the state government should play an extremely limited role when it comes to economic growth/job creation and that the best government is one that governs least. Outside of keeping corporate taxes as low as possible, I don't believe in corporate welfare and certain companies getting a leg up because of who they happen to know.
ESSAY QUESTION 2:
Explain your views regarding the roles state government and parents have in elementary and secondary education.
Primary Ed: The state has a constitutional obligation to fund primary education in the State of Tennessee and I believe that we must maintain this obligation. That being said, I do not believe we should go beyond what is constitutionally necessary and that parents should put more effort into educating their children beyond our constitutional obligation.
Secondary Ed: I believe that our state universities should be funded as they are, but that the TGA should have more authority over these state schools to ensure tax-payer dollars are not wasted. I believe that parents should ensure that their children are prepared for secondary education, but also understand that their children are becoming adults and allow them the autonomy to learn from their mistakes.
ESSAY QUESTION 3:
What is one of the most satisfying things you have ever done or accomplished and what made it so satisfying to you?
Raising my family of 5 incredible children and my wife Ellie on our family farm in Dresden, Tennessee continues to be my most satisfying accomplishment in life. Why? Because it is His plan.
ESSAY QUESTION 4:
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?
For one, I hate politicians. I work hard on our family farm everyday teaching my children how to hunt, fish and feed themselves. We're just ordinary people. Other than farming and raising our family, I dedicate a lot of my time as an economics, government and business instructor at Bethel University teaching the next generation of leaders the proper role of government and how to become successful without selling their souls.
ESSAY QUESTION 5:
What bill passed in the last General Assembly that you would have voted against and why, or what bill did not pass in the last General Assembly that you wish had passed and why?
Last session, I was very upset to the fantasy football (gambling) legalized for no other reason than for the state to enjoy even more revenue. I fought against this legislation, but the votes were there for it to pass. I was also supportive of Rep. Susan Lynn's bathroom bill to ensure the innocence and privacy of our children was protected. This time, the bill failed-- unfortunately.