Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State House of Representatives
Political Affiliation:


Response Legend

  • SSStrongly Supports
  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • SOStrongly Opposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Pubic Schools in Montana are overfunded: Support
2. Pubic Schools in Montana are underfunded: Oppose
3. Pubic Schools in Montana are adequately funded: Support
4. Parental choice in education should be expanded through tax credits, education savings accounts, vouchers, and other means to allow children to attend any school of their or their parents choice: Strongly Support
5. Montana should allow public charter schools: Strongly Support
6. Parents should be allowed to home school their children without additional state regulation: Strongly Support
7. The teaching of "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) should be banned in Montana public schools: Strongly Support
8. Comprehensive sex education, beginning as early as kindergarten, should be allowed in public elementary schools: Strongly Oppose* I support quality educational opportunities for all Montanans. This is best achieved by local control of instruction and allocation of school resources. I recognize parent's authority and responsibility for educating their children through multiple school choice options. I support community efforts to enhance school safety and security. I feel that our school funding is adequate if we could reduce administration and enhance support of frontline teachers. I feel that alternative options to government schools should be available in addition to charter schools. Also, funding should ideally follow the student and those choosing to homeschool should be supported not regulated. I feel that CRT should be banned and that sex education should only be introduced in the later grades, preferably middle school at the earliest. "When parents have the power to remove their children from a school that is failing them, without financial penalty, not only are they better served, but so is the school they abandon. The threat of losing funds gives the failing schools an incentive to improve" Michael Van Winkle
9. Income taxes in Montana are too high: Support
10. Property taxes in Montana are too high: Support
11. Corporate taxes in Montana are too high: Support
12. The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows all citizens to own firearms for self-protection: Strongly Support
13. Global warming is a problem requiring increased regulation: Strongly Oppose
14. Environmental regulations in Montana are too stringent: Support
15. Environmental regulations in Montana are NOT stringent enough: Oppose* When compared to other adjoining states, Montana has a high and progressive individual tax rate that is reached quickly. We are among 12 states that tax social security benefits. Military pensions are taxed in Montana after a small ($4,370 exemption) with 31 states exempting them and increasing by two states next year. While our property taxes paid as a percentage of the housing value appears reasonable at 0.76% and ranking us 32nd nationally, the rapid inflation of housing costs and frequent reappraisals significantly reduce this advantage. Montana has received favorable grades in business tax climate index rankings but we must continuously remain competitive and search for reductions in regulations and impediments to business formation, and improving customer service. Taxes should be low, broad based and easily understood. They should not be used to redistribute wealth or pick winners and losers. I would work toward a simplified tax code that is flat rate based and eliminates special interest provisions, loopholes and curbs corporate welfare while being mindful of the impact on families, aging populations and veterans. I oppose retroactive taxation, activist judges attempting to steal the power of the purse and all efforts to create taxes that divide the population or create class warfare. Property taxes and their continual upward march are a significant concern to many Kalispell HD 7 residents. The challenges revolve around providing for the needs of all while balancing the cost of wants of the few. Schools, libraries and infrastructure in addition to basic services are present on your property tax bill. We must strive to maximize the return on every dollar spent.
16. Montanans should not be discriminated against or treated differently because of their vaccine status: Strongly Support* I am a vaccine believer but also recognize the need to allow citizens to make their own decision in this regard. Each individual has unique concerns regarding health, religious beliefs, risk profile and ethical concerns to be addressed with the availability of a trusted healthcare provider to assist as requested. I am a believer in the substantial protection of natural immunity following an episode of the disease. I would pursue legislation that would protect the license of a medical provider to use FDA approved medications for off-label use when written informed consent of the patient is obtained, regardless of the CDC opinion of its value in treating a specific disease.
17. Doctor assisted suicide should be legal in Montana: Strongly Oppose
18. Abortion should be banned in ALL stages of pregnancy: Strongly Support
19. Abortion should be banned during all stages of pregnancy, with the exceptions for rape and incest: Support
20. Abortion should be banned only after a heartbeat is detected (around 6 weeks): Oppose
21. Abortion should be banned only after the first trimester (12 weeks): Oppose
22. Abortion should be banned only when a fetus becomes viable outside the womb (20 weeks): Oppose
23. Abortion should be banned only after the 2nd trimester (28 weeks): Strongly Oppose
24. Abortion should never be banned, not at any stage of pregnancy: Strongly Oppose
25. The Montana Constitution should be amended to ban abortion: Support
26. Infanticide (infants born alive with physical abnormalities, including infants born as a result of a botched abortion) should be banned in Montana. Strongly Support
27. Companies and individuals should be allowed to opt-out of the abortion related mandates contained in Obamacare: Strongly Support* I support protection of the individual from conception to natural death. However, the ability for a woman to become pregnant does not automatically confer the ability mentally, fiscally or otherwise to participate in the raising of a child. I feel that in tandem with the goal of banning abortions the recognition of the need to provide a robust support system to provide choices for the birthing mother in the case of her desire to not be involved with the raising and care of the child without stigmatization.
28. Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete against athletes of the opposite sex: Strongly Oppose
29. Doctors should be banned from performing sex-change procedures on minors: Strongly Support
30. Homosexuals and transgender people should be allowed to adopt children: Strongly Oppose
31. Non-discrimination laws should be expanded to protect sexual orientation and gender identity in the same way that race, creed, nationality, and religion are protected: Strongly Oppose
32. Montana’s marriage laws should be changed to reflect the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court: Strongly Oppose* I believe that the greatest effort should be made to place children with traditional family situations. Every effort should be made to give these children the advantages of a male and female parent. I do not feel that any expansion of non-discrimination laws is necessary, as all American citizens are adequately protected. In recognition of the Supreme Courts ruling regarding same sex unions, I support full contractual rights for these partnerships but oppose redefining marriage as anything other than that of a man and a woman.