QUESTION 1: Would you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit abortion except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother?
QUESTION 2: Would you support or oppose legislation that would make either sexual orientation or gender identity/expression a new protected class under Tennessee’s civil rights laws?
QUESTION 3: 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?
QUESTION 4: Would you support or oppose legislation that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Tennessee?
QUESTION 5: Would you support or oppose legislation to allow the state to defend public K-12 schools that are sued because they designate the use of locker rooms and bathrooms on the basis of biological sex instead of the gender by which a student identifies?
QUESTION 6: Do you support or oppose the proposition, advanced by a certain business coalition, that the bill described in question 5 is “discriminatory” and “would harm our economy and damage our state’s reputation”?
QUESTION 7: Currently, a majority of the Justices on the Tennessee Supreme Court select the state’s Attorney General and Reporter. Would you support or oppose an amendment to the state Constitution that allows the Legislature to elect the Attorney General and Reporter in the same manner that it elects the Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer?
QUESTION 8: Would you support or oppose an amendment to the state Constitution that allows the Governor to appoint the state’s Attorney General and Reporter subject to confirmation by the Legislature, as now happens with the appointment of the state’s Supreme Court Justices?
QUESTION 9: Would you support or oppose legislation, like Insure Tennessee proposed by Governor Haslam in 2015, that would expand Medicaid coverage in Tennessee beyond the Medicaid-eligible population?
QUESTION 10: Do you support or oppose the decision by the state’s Department of Health to disregard the state’s current adoption laws and allow a child’s original birth certificate to show that the child has two mothers simply because one of the women is married to the child’s biological mother?
QUESTION 11: Would you support or oppose a bill that would prohibit the state or local governmental entities from either giving preference to or discriminating against a business entity in awarding of grants or contracts based on whether the business has made sexual orientation or gender identity a protected status under its personnel policies, assuming that either of such statuses is not otherwise required by federal law?
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?
QUESTION 13: Do you support or oppose legalizing horse racing tracks in Tennessee at which bets can be placed on races?
QUESTION 14: There is a school of thought that the Constitution is a “living” document, meaning its various provisions are evolving and should be interpreted in the context of contemporary societal mores. Would you support or oppose a nominee to the Tennessee 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?
QUESTION 15: Would you support or oppose legislation to ensure that an adoption agency with a sincerely held belief that marriage is only one man and one woman would not lose its state license to make adoption placements if it only placed children in homes into which the marriage was of one man and one woman?
ESSAY QUESTION 1: Explain your view of state government’s role in relation to economic growth and/or job creation.
The state’s role should be to support, advocate and promote areas of economic growth in communities across the state. The state needs to assist local governments in attracting industry to their communities that pay a living wage and provides healthcare.
ESSAY QUESTION 2: What are your thoughts about a parent of a child in a low performing public school being provided a voucher equal to the amount of the state’s per-student expenditure that would be applied toward the child’s private school tuition?
I strongly oppose this and believe that all public school funding should be used to bring all public school systems up to an appropriate performance level where all communities are represented and all students receive a top rated education.
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?
The insurance agency where I serve as the CEO wanted to be certified to provide health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our agency was the only agency in my community that went through the training in order to be credentialed to offer health insurance to those who either couldn't afford it previously or had a pre-existing condition and was denied coverage. The first year we offered it, we were able to help so many in our community as well as others in adjoining communities once they found out we offered the ACA. We made a tremendous impact on the lives of so many and I'm so grateful for that.
ESSAY QUESTION 4: What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?
My ability to listen, empathize and understand the issues and concerns of people in our communities. Growing up assisting in a family business that worked in a service industry during their most difficult time in someones life, the death of a loved one, helped me to internalize the true meaning of compassion. I've worked in this industry my entire life and understand it takes someone with a caring spirit and a patient ear to understand the different issues people face. I have assisted people faced with challenges they have never had to deal with and I'm happy to be the one give them some direction that would assist them with the adjustment in their life.
ESSAY QUESTION 5: What bill that passed in the last General Assembly would you have voted against and why, or what bill that was not passed in the last General Assembly do you wish had passed and why?
The bill that did not pass was the bill to expand MEDICAID for the residents across the state of Tennessee. The reason for this is, it has led to an increase of uninsured lower income Tennesseans across the state and has resulted in several hospitals closures in the state of Tennessee.