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Would you support or oppose legislation that would prohibit abortion except when necessary to prevent the death of the mother?
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?
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?
Would you support or oppose legislation that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Tennessee?
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?
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”?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Do you support or oppose legalizing horse racing tracks in Tennessee at which bets can be placed on races?
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?
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.
PIlot, TDZ and TIF funding are currently available for promoting and encouraging economic growth and job creation. I believe the award of these to a potential development should be analyzed on a case by case basis. As a small business owner I have learned to weigh the risks and rewards in making a decision and I believe PIlot, TDZ and TIF funding can be an effective method for generating cost effective and beneficial development.
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 do not believe there is simple answer to a complex question/issue. The concept of school vouchers appeal to me. I believe that a parent or legal guardian children should have the right to decide what is in the best interest of their child. I will work with Governor Lee and the new administration as we listen to educators, school board members and ultimately to parents to determine what is in the best interest of the children served by our public school system.
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?
Completing my college degree on line at UT Martin 34 years after starting in 1970. It was satisfying because I was able to accomplish a goal that was interrupted by a need to come back to help in the family business.
ESSAY QUESTION 4:
What personal qualities or experiences do you think will best serve you in your role as a state legislator?
I joined a small family business with three employees in 1974 and have been instrumental in growing this small business to several small businesses employing approximately 150 people. I have learned to deal with complex challenges involving employee and public relations and health care. I have been an encourager of fellow employees to better themselves by providing encouragement and scholarships to Community Colleges and TCAT to help them better equip themselves for growth in self-esteem and compensation. As a founding and current board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Hatchie River Region, a board member of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes and a member of the Dyersburg State Foundation Board, I have been pro-active in promoting change for our district .
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?
Chose not to answer.