Responses are from the candidates and have not been edited.
I recently retired (Jan 2020) as a Colonel after over 34 years in the Air Force Reserve and Army National Guard with duty stations at McConnell AFB in Wichita and Peterson AFB / Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. I just retired from the Missouri Army National Guard and was an Aeromedical PA with the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade. I returned from a yearlong deployment 2018 to 2019 with a nine-month combat tour to Western Iraq. I have a total of four tours of duty of which two were combat tours.
I have been an EMT since 1977 and Fire Fighter 1 since 1987; I am still active with Rush County EMS and Lacrosse City Fire. I am self-employed as a Physician Assistant Certified (PAC) in Plainville and St. Francis.
Single, 6 children, two are active Air Force members.
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What is your response to the Black Lives Matter movement?
Changes had to be made, but I think they have overshot the target. Rioting and promoting violence, destruction of property and violating other’s rights is the wrong way to get the point made.
What do you think needs to be done to promote social and racial justice?
Look at the individual first. This is an acute subject and finding the causes…drugs, crime, poverty….this in my view are common denominators.
Are you in favor of police reform? If so, what should it look like?
No reform is needed. Maybe better training would help but people need to respect the men and women in blue first. It’s usually started and escalated with a non- compliant person.
What are your thoughts on how the U.S. has responded to the coronavirus pandemic? What would you want to be done differently?
This has been a moving bullseye and if the US blocked China when it first came out, it would have started problems politically for Trump earlier. The US is still in conflict what to do. There is NO gold standard on prevention or treatment. The easy things of wearing masks, washing frequently and social distancing DOES help.
Do you support more stimulus money? If so, how should Congress pay for the stimulus?
No. We need to get back to work.
What are the top 3 things you think deserve your immediate attention in Washington and what action would you take on them, including how you’d compromise with members of the other party?
1) Infrastructure and rural school rebuilding
2) Drug Addiction and Mental health initiative
3) Remove China from our daily lives.
Do you believe our healthcare system needs to be reformed? If so, what will you do to change it?
Being part of this system, it’s not broke or need reformed. The responsibility lies on the insurance system that makes it painful to be a provider of health care or even a patient.
Give us your stance on gun control/2nd Amendment rights.
I own guns…many. If you don’t have violent felonies, you should be able to own them. IF, someone would break into my home the question is not IF I would shoot them or where…. It’s which gun would I use.
Do you think we need immigration reform and what changes would you support?
We need to have a better pathway. This is not just a Hispanic issue. We have people that overstay their student, work and tourism Visas. We need to have a 2-year immigration moratorium and clean the inside out first. You need to be vetted and have a skill necessary to work. No free riders.
What steps would you support to strengthen the nation’s security?
Don’t trust the Chinese or Russians. Return people to their home countries that are here illegally. Remove law breakers here on Green cards or student Visas. No more “visiting” Chinese professors and block communist country “student” Visas.
What are your thoughts on climate change? What should Congress do about it, if anything?
Once again, the US pays the price for blame on climate change but the polluting countries (China, India and Russia) do nothing, its same old business as usual.
Would you vote in favor of spending bills that add to the deficit?
We need to reduce spending. I have seen more waste in the military and with contracts that have no end in site.