Why did you decide to run for public office?
I am running in response to a challenge given by President Abraham Lincoln in his address at Gettysburg. He observed that we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether this nation - conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal - can long endure. Thus, he invited each of us to dedicate our own lives to the cause of liberty so that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth. Running for office is my way of dedicating my life to the cause of liberty.
What is your background? Profession, skills, etc.?
I am a civil/structural engineer by profession. This profession has allowed me to gain skills, such as negotiating, minimizing unforeseen consequences, and understanding numbers - an important ability when managing the State's budget.
I am a farmer and patriot by heritage. As a farmer I learned the law of the harvest: you reap what you sow - a law that is applicable to legislation also. As a patriot, I will protect conservative values.
I am a creator and builder by passion. I value the rewards of dedicated work and will strive to create a positive legacy.
I am a family man by choice. I realize that strong communities are created with strong, stable families. My wife, Zandria, and I are working hard to raise productive children with integrity and sound character. I will work equally hard in helping the families of our communities, by allowing job growth, providing a quality education system, and minimizing taxes so that parents can keep more of their money.
What is your general experience with drug policy and substance abuse?
Do you support the creation of a medical cannabis program? Can you expand upon your general feelings about medical cannabis?
I support the creation of a medical cannabis program. I believe that this plant has medicinal value that will help many hurting people in our communities. While I understand that some people may fear that creating such a program will lead to drug addictions and other crime, I believe that an effective program can exist which minimizes such negative consequences while providing relief to those suffering.
What steps would you take to reduce the number of overdose deaths? Do you have any personal experiences with overdose?
The creation and discovery of more effective drugs will help those who "can't get enough." Additionally, maintaining adequate recovery programs in our prisons will help those incarcerated on drug offenses.
Do you agree with this analysis? Please feel free to elaborate.
I agree with this statement as I believe that our prisons should be used in housing and reforming violent criminals. While those incarcerated for drug offenses should, rather, find aid and reformation through other venues.
Are you familiar with the principle of harm reduction? Do you have any experience with harm reduction policies? Please feel free to elaborate.
I support the principle of harm reduction since a person’s actions should not be illegal until those actions infringe on another person's rights.
What are your general thoughts on the decriminalization of cannabis? Please elaborate.
Through harm reduction policies, coupled with strong support for stable families, the decriminalization of cannabis should not have a negative impact on our society. Thus I support its decriminalization.
Are you interested in sponsoring drug policy reform legislation if you were elected? What would be some specific areas of focus or interest for you?