Issues

Education

Every child has a constitutional right in NC to a public education. It’s the job of elected leaders to ensure each student receives a quality education and, upon graduation, is prepared to enter the workforce. While I am a strong advocate for public education, I support parent’s making the final decision on how to best educate their child. Whether it’s public school, private school, homeschool, charter school, etc., I support school choice. I don’t believe a politician or government bureaucrat should limit those options.

Taxes

Arthur Godfrey said, “I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is I could be just as proud for half of the money.”
As elected officials, we are to be good stewards of the hard earned taxpayer money we’re entrusted with. Unfortunately, government is all too quick to raise taxes to fund pet projects, inflated budgets, and wasteful endeavors. I commit to always seek innovative ways to save money, increase efficiency, and cut wasteful spending rather than raising taxes on the hard working men and women in Gaston County.

2nd Amendment

I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. As a gun owner, I will always stand up for gun ownership and oppose any act to infringe on that right. As a commissioner, I have supported the privacy of concealed carry permit holders and worked with state legislators to protect that privacy from those who wish to exploit it for political and self-serving purposes.

Pro Life

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…”
I am pro life and believes life begins at conception. I believe that all human life has intrinsic value and should be protected.

Pro Family

I believe that human thriving is dependent upon the family unit. I also believe that government should be prohibited from punishing someone for acting on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. I support the rights of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children, including the opportunity to choose which schools are best for their children and to protect the privacy and safety of their children. I also support standards in higher education that do not violate religious freedom and free speech rights of students and which offer students an atmosphere in which to grow in virtue, as well as knowledge.

Economic Development

Local government should do all we can to recruit large industry as well as promote small business within the community. While job creation is the role of the free market, government should actively encourage growth within the private sector.

Illegal Immigration

I am a major advocate for legal immigration and the need for immigration reform. I also believe that we need to do all we can to ensure that everyone that comes across the border, comes here legally. I support the hard working men and women in local law enforcement that daily work to keep us safe and will commit to provide them with all the resources needed to work with ICE to keep violent illegals off our street.