The responses to these questions were edited for length and clarity by the Georgia Decides team. Each candidate was allotted 150 words for each answer and some answers were trimmed in order to abide by that length requirement. Other edits were made to make sure readers can fully follow and understand the candidate responses.
Campaigning for: US House Georgia District 7
How does your background equip you for the job you are seeking?
It’s about experience and leadership. I’ve built a career in business growing, building and turning around companies which created a great number of jobs in the process. I have a degree in accounting. I understand the ramifications of limitless spending and an absence of fiscal discipline not just over the short term, but what this is doing to our next generations’ future as well.
I’m known for getting the job done. I’m known for doing what I say I’ll do. This is exactly what the people of Georgia’s 7th Congressional District can expect and deserve from me in D.C.
What role should government have in the lives of Georgians? How would you apply that philosophy to the job you are seeking?
I believe in small government, just like our Founding Fathers did. I believe we have concentrated far too much power in the federal government at the expense of the state government. The best governance is done when it’s closest to We The People. Government control and spending is now completely out of hand. I will work to return freedom from government overreach to the people I represent. Without our God-given right to freedom, nothing else matters. A quarter millennia ago, it was of such importance, a few brave men pledged to its attainment their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. We should do no less.
If you are elected (or re-elected), what problems will you spend the most time solving and why?
Firstly, I’m going to help deflate inflation by voting to reverse the crippling policies of the Biden administration and introduce bills to cut the red tape that gives unelected bureaucrats far too much power and and not enough accountability to the people..
Secondly, I will do my part to stop the wave of escalating crime and the flow of drugs across our southern border. We must return to law and order and secure our borders for the benefit of our citizens. At the federal level, I will fight any legislation which seeks to defund police, decriminalize violent acts, or bypass prosecution.
Thirdly, I will fight for affordable and accessible health coverage based on free market principles which will reduce cost while improving the quality of the care received.
Georgia is a politically diverse state. How will you work to represent Georgians whose political views differ from your own?
Although it’s often lost on us members of Congress, regardless of party, work for the American people; Congress is in place by “the consent of the governed.” I will strive to implement this philosophy while serving the people I represent. This is what should define our Representative Republic.
Who has been the biggest influence on how you view state government and politics? What have you learned from this person?
President Ronald Reagan, because he understood our uniquely American Freedoms and fought to protect and preserve them while returning pride to our country. He was quite perceptive in his articulation fascism would come to America in the name of liberalism. President Reagan also understood we were one generation away from losing the very freedoms that made us the most exceptional nation the world has ever known and the reason why people from the world over wanted to come here seeking their American Dream.
Georgia has a lot to offer current and potential residents, but many parts of the state are becoming increasingly unaffordable. Please explain your proposed approach to address housing affordability through federal legislation and executive actions?
America’s success is tied to free market capitalism. Although messy at times, it’s delivered an economic engine unlike any other and has lifted more people out of poverty than any other approach to governance. We have seen what government intervention has actually caused; housing bubbles that go bust, wild historical swings in interest rates and lending practices and undo regulation on those trying to build the housing needed to address demand. Less intervention produces far better outcomes in the long-run for housing across the various economic sectors. History teaches us this.
Politics is often about compromise. How do you decide when to compromise and take small, incremental wins, and when to refuse compromise?
Each situation is unique. There is no magic formula for when and how to compromise. I believe in working with my colleagues to create the best solution possible for the American people. If the focus on both sides of the aisle is “what’s best for those you serve?,” compromise can indeed be achieved.
There were politicians who questioned the outcomes of Georgia elections in 2018 and 2020. Do you think Georgia’s elections are secure and will you stand by the results?
I believe Georgia has taken great strides towards ensuring safe and secure elections.. I’m optimistic with the passing of SB202, our elections will be conducted in a fair manner and the true will of the people can be achieved.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, state law and local enforcement authority will determine access to abortion. If elected, how will you use your authority in the U.S. House to influence abortion access or enforcement of abortion restrictions?
My faith and my heart guide me to protect the unborn. I believe all life is sacred and, as such, support an exception to protect the life of the mother. Now that abortion policy has been returned to the states, it’s up to the states to decide.
The U.S. Congress often votes along party lines. When would you seek bipartisan action and what issues merit such consensus?
I will work relentlessly with my colleagues across the aisle to gain support of bills and legislation which will better the lives of the American people and our next generations. When such votes arise, I will make the decision that best serves the interests of the District I represent.