Ira Lapides, District 8 Senate Candidate
"When my wife and I moved here, we met Ira
The main reason I've gotten behind Ira
is I feel the state of Tennessee could use a different direction on renewable energies.That's a big part of why I support Ira
wants to push for the state helping to subsidize solar and wind energy.That's the direction the state of Tennessee is headed and needs to go."
What's the most humorous or memorable moment from the campaign trail?"Ira
definitely has a sense of humor, and I guess his
sense of humor is what I like most about Ira
The following are the answers given by Dr. Lapides
.The other candidate's answers can be found at http://www.blounttoday.com/news/2008/aug/01/state-senate-district-8/
Raymond Finney, Dr. Ira Lapides
of Sevier County and State Rep.
...Ira Lapides said he has a PhD in economics from the University of Tennessee.
"I will tell you the body of politics is broken and sick.Our education system is faltering.Tennessee is 49th in income growth.The criminal justice system has become a business, and we're producing more criminals with the criminal justice system, and it needs reform," he
said the next big crisis is the healthcare crisis."When the baby boom bangs, our health system, already taxed, will totally collapse," he
said there needs to be an appraisal factor to make the B.E.P. model work.
"Otherwise, Sevier and Blount counties are going to take a beating," he
Doug Overbey and Dr. Ira Lapides
from Gatlinburg were on hand for the forum.
...Lapides explained that he is a PhD from Gatlinburg running as an "Inde-publican," which he described as "a very conservative Republican who has lost his party" because conservatives don't limit business and don't impose law upon choices.
"I stand before you as a lonely Republican.I am on ballot in November and look forward to a good campaign.I will keep it a fair campaign," he
said. Lapides said he taught 10 years at the University of Tennessee and then went into private business after some experience in local government.
"I know how government works, and I know it's broke," Lapides
said that the biggest problem with the political process has become the politicians.
"How are you going to create jobs and take care of health care?As a PhD in economics, I have the ‘hows.' It will take time," Lapides
said."We can not use emergency rooms for regular physician calls.We have a broken education system beyond funding." Lapides said because of his PhD and his background he can bring better arguments for getting BEP funding back to what it should be.
commended both lawmakers."As a professor of economics both gentlemen get an A-minus.They did quite well on that exam," he
said the program he
would suggest would be radically different and would change the way the state spends money."The tax picture would be different all together.There's only so much in taxes people will accept.There are other ways to raise revenue such as licensing fees for restaurants that allow for smoking," he
remembered the gas crisis in 1970 and how officials said then the solution was 10 years away."We've done nothing since," he
had a way to gain more jobs and help with the nation's energy problem by bringing forth a green initiative involving the University of Tennessee
, Oak Ridge National Laboratories and TVA."We could become leaders in alternative energy considerations.It would create jobs.It is done not in one day, but it didn't take one day to get here," he
said the two lawmakers were wasting money with commercials and lawn signs running against each other.
...Ira T. Lapides
, who is a Gatlinburg business owner, is running as an independent for the seat.He
participated in the forum as well. Lapides
received some laughter and applause for several of his
comments, which emphasized reforming the way state government does business. "As a Ph.D. in economics, I have some 'Hows' and we need to start working on them now," he said. He
also indicated that he
would work for the rights of smokers and that discriminating against that section of the population was wrong.
"This is not Republican, this is not conservative and this is not civil rights," Lapides
Lapides also challenged the idea that a freshman lawmaker couldn't change the status quo.
"So, you can go in and upset the apple cart as was done 2,000 years ago to do something," he
...Senator Raymond Finney, R-Maryville, Ira Lapides, I-Gatlinburg, Representative Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, James Bishop, R-Sevierville
reported that the Right to Life issue is a very important issue, but it isn't what brought him into this race.Lapides
represents the tobacco business which has been over-taxed.Lapides
believes the people who do smoke have been denied civil rights given to every group imaginable, but that isn't what brought him into the race.What did bring him into the race is what society is creating today, a criminal nation and a criminal society.Lapides
feels the judicial system is inadequate and he
felt that no one else would tackle the issues he
has calculated to be a major problem.
"The things that I found are astounding to me, embarrassing to me and certainly need changing," stated Lapides
The Committee To Elect Ira Lapides