Michael Leo Doucette
Michael Leo Doucette
elementary/special education teacher
House of Representatives Nv 2nd district
How would you describe yourself to voters?
I have lived in Northern Nevada for 45 years; since I was 15. I am a husband, father, teacher, and have worked in many different sectors of the Nevada economy. I am a veteran; served in the Army from 1980-1983. Enlisted when I was 17. Graduated from Reed High in Sparks. Graduated from Nevada in Elementary and Special Education. Taught in three different school districts; Washoe, Lyon, and Carson City. Worked as a school classified employee for 6 years as a custodian and supervisor. Owned my own pizza franchise for 11 years. Helped with youth sports in the Northern Nevada area as a volunteer, coach, referee, umpire, and board member. Two successful sons; Timothy, financial analyst, Dept. of Agriculture, State of Nevada; and Anthony, Math/P.E./Weights teacher/head football coach Hug High School/ former 3A coach of the year at North Valleys High School. Yes, my wife of 38 years, Ann, and I, are very proud of our McQueen/ Nevada graduated sons. My experiences give me an insight to the voters, and an ability to relate to them, like no other candidate.
What do you see as the top issues in this campaign?
We need to repeal the tax breaks to the ultra-rich and become more fiscally responsible. The only way we can afford to solve the problems affecting Americans is to do both parts of being fiscally responsible; spend less and earn more. The cause of inflation is when we consume more than we produce. This is for both our private lives and government spending. Paying taxes is patriotic. Trickle-down economics has been in place my entire working career. It has caused levels of poverty that teachers on the front lines have witnessed first-hand. Having children as a working person shouldn't destine you to poverty because of tax policy that attacks young families and rewards billionaires.
We have a chance in Northern Nevada to become one of the major manufacturing centers in the United States. We have everything we need with mining, one of the biggest lithium deposits in the world, as well as all the other things mined in the "Silver State." We have a chance to build more manufacturing jobs and clean energy jobs than any other state in the union. We can be the leaders. The private sector isn't the only job creator, building modern day infrastructure can employ millions.
The liquid cooled internal combustion engine was invented in 1873. If it weren't for the world-wide power of the petroleum industry, we would have abandoned this technology long ago, like the VCR or rotary phone. Electric cars that charge quickly and have a long range, are the future. We need to invest in this technology for National Security reasons. If you truly believe in "America First" you will support all efforts to let American enemies drown in their own oil, and support infrastructure that makes electric vehicles possible. If you keep your gas vehicle, you will thank us for lowering the demand and increasing the supply of gasoline, thereby lowering what you pay. This could save trillions in military spending used to keep the oil flowing. Less spending with more benefit. Fiscal responsibility.
Water, water, water. Without serious conversations about climate change, the water wars of Nevada history will by small in comparison to what is ahead of us. Look at photos of Lake Mead from 20 years ago, when Al Gore warned of warming temperatures and the effect on climate. You cannot deny any longer. We must act and find solutions. Our children and grandchildren have no future without real conversations with real solutions.
What are the three greatest challenges facing Nevada, and how would you address them in Washington?
The problems with growth; housing, water, homelessness. All of these problems are associated with growth. We need money for infrastructure and to look more closely at modern housing solutions like manufacturing from 3D printers or other solutions technology offers for affordability. We need to reward those who offer and build these solutions with government tax credits. We need to continue spending on research at our universities for solutions to manufacturing, engineering, and climate/environmental solutions.
I am a teacher, my brother is a teacher, my sister is a teacher, and my son is a teacher. We must fight back at the false narrative that our schools are failing. Our government is failing the young working families in our society and the schools are a reflection of that society. We do not teach critical race theory and those who say we do are in a campaign of hate, anger, and fear. Teachers are the most compassionate, hard-working members of our society. When you have no one to teach your child or your grandchild, you will have this republican plan of attacking my profession to blame. It has been going on for over 20 years. There is a teacher shortage now. President Eisenhower said, "Beware the Military Industrial Complex." I say, "Beware the Educational Industrial complex."
Inflation has reached its highest levels in more than 40 years. What should Congress do to address the rising costs of living?
Produce more than we consume. Bring back manufacturing to the United States to stop supply issues, caused by corporations moving these jobs overseas for cheaper labor. Hire more IRS agents to get back revenue owed by tax cheats. Make a tax structure that is fairer to working families and small businesses instead of large corporations. Use economic strategies that are proven to fight inflation like raising interest rates.
Would you vote to support/oppose a federal law that guarantees women across the country the right to an abortion?