Our Founders believed in the limited role of government via a system of checks and balances to protect our rights to life, liberty, property, and happiness. To this end, I will uphold the 10th amendment. Restoring constitutional rights to the states, as well as to the individual, is of upmost priority. Local government understands local needs since it is directly connected to the situation at hand. I believe, like our Founders, that higher government should intervene only if local government can not solve the issue. Since our government is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, it should foster initiative and prosperity, not hinder the common good.