As the son of a public-school teacher I understand many of the challenges that face our school systems. I know that a good education is the key to finding a steady job. I have a long history of standing up for schools, teachers, and our students, fighting to ensure they have the resources they need to teach and learn. In recent days our teachers and students have been overburdened by redundant tests – some of which don’t even work. I will continue to hold the state bureaucracy accountable for these failures and will work to reduce the amount of testing, allowing teachers the opportunity to do what they do best – teach our children.
I was the original sponsor of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship legislation. This program has helped over 50,000 students attend college or a trade school. I will continue to work to see that this program is successfully implemented, and fight to continue to expand options for technical/vocational degree programs so that we can bring more high-skilled jobs to Tennessee.
I believe that people know how to spend their money better than the government does, and that taxes should always be kept to a minimum. We are blessed to live in a state that has a budget surplus. I have consistently stood against new taxes and tax increases, because ultimately keeping taxes low has proven to bring more revenue in. We need less government intervention in our lives and more opportunity to make our own financial decisions.
A limited supply of healthcare providers and the out of control costs are preventing sick people from receiving proper treatment. This lack of healthcare options is leading people to be prescribed addictive opioids at a record rate rather than treating their real health problems. Opioid drug addiction is tearing apart good people and their families. The over prescribing of these drugs too often turns our friends and neighbors into addicts. To help alleviate these problems we need to steer people into addiction treatment rather than criminal punishment and expand the access to secondary providers to treat the base health problems. I believe that a change in regulation can increase healthcare options and result in a decrease in costs with more potential successful results.
I am 100% pro-life. I have proven during my time in the legislature that I will stand against the out of control abortion industry, and fight to regulate it like any other medical entity. I led the charge to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect those taxpayer funds to medical centers providing pre-natal care and other screenings for women. I will continue to fight to provide prenatal care for women in need and make Tennessee the most adoption friendly state.
I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution which protects our God given right to bear arms and protect ourselves and our families. I have been consistently given the highest possible rating by organizations such as the National Rifle Association and the Tennessee Firearms Association. I will continue to fight to protect the rights of law abiding citizens to own and carry firearms. I will also continue to be a strong advocate for gun safety, teaching our kids and neighbors how to handle guns properly.
Stacey Campfield has long been deeply involved in his community and enjoys volunteering, such as, feeding the poor in India, helping the American Red Cross disaster relief with the fires in Sevier County. Stacey also loves puppies and kittens and sports (Go Vols!). In his free time he pursues adventure tourism such as recently completing a trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp, finishing his first Spartan Race in the top 15 and completing the Saint Jude's Music City Marathon.
(Checks can be mailed to 2011 Flagler Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 37912.)