Nevada State Assembly
Working for a change in policy, to improve the power of your dollars and for more accountability.
What do State Assembly Members Do?
For decades, the Nevada State Assembly has been the Nevada Nursery School for ambitious men and women who want to start a long and lucrative career in politics on the backs of unsuspecting taxpayers of all parties. They have incredible power over numerous aspects of your life in Nevada, and they count on the fact that you generally don’t know what they are doing, or how they are doing it.
Assembly Members have voting power and leadership roles in most decisions made at the state level that affect your life. Their choices affect your liberty, your wallet, your buying power, and your ability to make an income.
They have the opportunity to approve or oppose the legislation that directly impacts the quality of your lives. And far too often, they trade their political ambition and financial interests over your interests and the well being of your families.
Because they can. Because we have not been holding them accountable for years, and there is no one to question their decisions.
Everyone pays for these new increases. Even if you do not have a car, increases in transportation fees, such as bus passes, are to cover these higher rates. If you are a renter, your rent can and will increase when your property owner is forced to pay higher taxes on the property. Every time they make a change that increases the price of something for a business owner, or a property owner, or the consumers at large, that affects you.
They can (and do) take care of themselves and their favorites… on the taxpayers’ backs, for favored vendors and political friends. Since the schedule for public hearings on these matters is often restrictive to many individuals who have to work (that is probably you) they are able to vote unanimously in favor of whatever suits their interests and the special interests they represent best.
It is time to change that, and who better to make that change than you, the Nevada Citizens!
Why I Am Involved?
I am a Nevada native, and I graduated from Rancho High School in 1975. I joined the U.S. Navy in the same year, and during a twenty-year career I gained an education in electronics, and became an instructor of my fellow seamen. Through a tenure that included the First Persian Gulf War and service on several continents, I learned how to lead teams of servicemen and women from as small as 35 to upwards of 2500 in the Philippines. I was responsible for the oversight and maintenance of major weapons systems on our ships, and the security of our bases in the South Pacific. I may not have a degree in “Government” from an illustrious Ivy League school, like my incumbent opponent, but I have two decades of hard experience in the operations and budgets of one of the largest, oldest and most prestigious organizations of our government: our Navy.
I know a thing or two about looking at all sides of the issues and coming up with solutions to complex problems.
If you have been struggling to keep yourself and your family above water since the economic downturn in 2008, you aren’t alone. In a recent study by 24/7 Wall Street, Nevada was ranked the hardest state to find full-time work (as reported by KTNV on 8/10/2016) and in spite of rosy projections, many of us are still struggling to make ends meet.
What have current Assembly Members done to stem economic struggles for the past eight years they have been in office?
Not much. Sure, they are a “friend” of public spending projects. They have advocated public spending on horse trails, baseball parks and recreational facilities in District 3, which is spattered with empty business suites in strip malls, undeveloped commercial lots, and fewer and fewer economic opportunities for seniors seeking to supplement their fixed incomes with work. Likewise, our young people are losing out on chances to enter the work force and learn the value of a dollar earned because there is not enough work available to go around.
Greater accountability is needed, and a new perspective is the only way to make it happen. This is the year for the outsider to politics to rise. Please join me, and support my efforts to bring an outside perspective to the Nevada State Assembly.