Name: Dave Bennett
Office: Overton Power District 7, At Large
Party Affiliation: Nonpartisan office
Biography provide by candidate:
Spanish Fluency - Read, write, and speak - Minor in Spanish from SUU - Lived 2 years abroad in So. America.
Question: In a 140 characters (tweet), introduce yourself as if you are introducing yourself to a neighbor.
My name is Dave Bennett. I have lived in So. Nevada for more than 40 years, and worked in this part of Clark County for more than 2 decades.
Question: What is the most pressing issue facing Overton Power District?
As a non-profit general improvement district I believe the most pressing issue facing the Overton Power District is keeping our rates levels low for rate-payers while at the same time dealing with the likelihood of continued growth within the boundaries of the district. There appears to be both residential as well as commercial/light industrial growth on the horizon, and keeping up with that growth while keeping expenses in line requires planning, new ideas, and innovation to meet the challenge.
Question: Most pressing issue for Overton as a whole?
Overton is one of the communities within the boundaries of the district. There are six actual communities within the service area of the district itself, so I assume the intent of the question is to inquire about the most pressing issue for this part of Northeast Clark County? In my opinion, both the Moapa and Virgin Valleys are still recovering from the downturn from a number of years ago. The Mesquite area suffered in terms of lost jobs in tourism and construction, while the Moapa Valley area has suffered in terms of property values and the loss of jobs related to the shutting down of the Reid-Gardner Power Plant. There is the potential for other development in this part of the county that will preserve our quality of life, and the economy has steadily improved the past few years. That is what makes it very important for our local utility companies (especially the power utility company since we do not currently have access to natural gas) to work hard at keeping energy costs affordable, and to work closely with the county and the city to assist as opportunities might arise.
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