Candidate Questionnaire: Scott Cepicky for State Representative
By Michael Christen
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at 12:01 AM Updated Jul 18, 2018 at 5:14 PM
Scott E. Cepicky
◆ Age: 52
◆ Years residing in District/Community: 11.
◆ Party affiliation: Republican.
◆ Occupation: Mortgage banker, Cattle rancher.
◆ Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA History. Extended study in animal husbandry and many banking seminars over the years.
◆ Experience and Previous Public Service: County Commissioner 2010-2014; Commission Chairman 2010-2012.
Owner of Clover Valley Cattle Company.
Mortgage Banker for Regions Bank 12 years.
Served on Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, NAACP Scholarship Selection Committee Chairman, Spring Hill Parks and Rec Committee, Kiwanis member for 8 years, NRA, BASSMASTERS, NWTF, American Bass Anglers, Tennessee Rifle Association, Tennessee Cattlemen Association, Maury County Cattlemen Association.
◆ Family: My wonderful wife, Teresa and I have been married 21 years. We chose to move to Maury County because of the wonderful people we have met here. We have two sons, Gabriel 13, Daniel 10, who are very active in local sports and 4-H. The charm and beauty of Maury County are unparalleled in Tennessee, and we need to preserve these things so future generations will continue to make Maury County home.
What are you emphasizing in your campaign?
Integrity. I want to protect Tennessee’s Conservative Christian values and beliefs, which includes protecting the life of the unborn, our 2nd Amendment rights granted by the constitution, and Religious freedom.
I want to give teachers and administrators at the local level the flexibility to make decisions on how to educate their students. I would like to see the funding from the State BEP block granted down to the local school districts and give them the autonomy to make the decisions on how they can best spend those funds.
I want to promote an emphasis on vocational training for our students providing options for them to attain successful careers that do not require the investment of time and money (and lingering debt) to go through college.
I want to protect our citizens from the influx of illegal immigration that is depleting our public services. I believe those public services such as WIC, Food Stamps, Welfare, TennCare etc. should be reserved for our legal Tennessee Citizens and not for illegal immigrants.
Please describe your philosophy on growth.
For many reasons, such as “No State Income Tax”, thousands are moving to our great state. We need an infrastructure plan which allows the state to target areas of maximum growth. TDOT has a done a good job budgeting the funds to ensure our roads are some of the best in the country. With the continued growth of Middle Tennessee, we will all face changes to our life but a well thought out and executed plan will make sure that Tennessee remains one of the best places to work, live and raise a family.
Please describe your philosophy on managing a public budget.
As a State Representative, we have many jobs to perform, one of those jobs is budgeting our resources provided to us by the taxpayers of Tennessee. We need to keep our taxes as low as possible and we must never have a state income tax. We need to reduce the personal property taxes and regulations on small business, giving the owners the ability to expand their business and hire more citizens. We need to reduce our debt and cut spending whenever possible. Lastly, over 44% of our state budget is funded by the Federal government. We need to come up with a plan to reduce that dependence preparing for the day that we as Tennesseans make our own decisions on how we govern ourselves without relying on the Federal Government.