Peace Officer, Correctional Sergeant with Nevada Department of Corrections
NV Assembly District 5
How would you describe yourself to voters?
In brief, I am a conservative, Constitutional Republican.
As a Constitutional Republican, I believe that elected officials of government must be accountable to uphold the Constitution and the protection of liberty. These government officials are representatives elected by "We The People" and not grounded in the concept of individual sovereignty, but rather in citizens that are entitled to the right to vote. Government agencies should be good stewards of the resources they are provided. They should be transparent and held accountable for the intended use of those resources. Since moving to Nevada over 30 years ago, I have served my community through volunteer fire service, ambulance service, law enforcement, and emergency services. I have worked in regulatory compliance in private industry and as a regulator in state and county services. Currently, I am employed as a Correctional Sergeant with the NV Department of Corrections. As well, I have been a Realtor in Nevada for about 21 years.
What do you see as the top issues in this campaign?
Having worked in state and local government, I have seen firsthand the overreach of government power and control with no accountability. The last couple of years has exponentially demonstrated how government overreach has stomped on individual sovereignty and liberty protections. That overreach needs to be reigned in.
The school system throughout most of the state has consistently ranked one of the lowest in the country. I have seen this almost the entire time I have lived in Nevada. We keep throwing money at education. But that money keeps getting caught up at the executive level and never seems to make it into the classrooms. We need to hold those executive-level staff accountable. We HAVE to encourage and promote parental involvement with what is happening in our schools. Some political entities actually want to exclude parents and parental rights from the school system. Parents have to stay engaged.
The economy throughout the state has been hit especially hard over the last couple of years. Small businesses have shut down. Employees have been without work. Inflation and high interest rates are now taking over the country. Fiscal responsibility is important now more than ever.
In your opinion, how would you rate the state’s response to the pandemic? Why?
Poorly. Our Governor has shut down the economy and imposed government restrictions for over two years! The two-week, "slow the spread" has turned into a shutdown of our entire livelihood. There have been catastrophic damages to our small businesses, health care, schools, economy, families, and the family unit. Our Legislators have allowed this to happen unchecked. Our local regulators and policymakers have allowed this overreach to continue.
CDC's own numbers put the rolling average of daily COVID cased to 6 per 100k. Down from 25k per 100k. Why are we STILL in a state of Emergency Declaration from our Governor? And why are our political leaders and policymakers allowing it to continue?
Education and local government officials have long asked lawmakers to change the way the state assesses property taxes. That includes raising the current tax threshold. Should lawmakers consider raising those thresholds? If not, what is the best way for governments to raise money for local programs?
I do not feel the state should raise taxes or create any new taxes. I think looking at resources currently available and holding department administrators accountable for waste and corruption is the first place to start long before even considering raising taxes. As well, for the short term, how federal COVID resources are spent and/or allocated needs to be evaluated before any taxes are raised.