I have lived in the Southwest valley for over a decade, and my wife Megan and her family have been here for over a half of a century. We are raising two beautiful children who we hope will call Nevada home for generations to come.
Like you, I want our home to be a place that reflects who we are, a place that we are proud of. I have had the chance to speak to many of my constituents and neighbors over the last couple of years and you have provided me with invaluable feedback on how to improve our State. I took your concerns with me to Carson City in 2013 and came back with some wins, from increased funding for education to protecting homeowners facing foreclosure. Since returning home from the Legislative session, I have worked to be your voice in the Southwest valley by partnering with local law enforcement and state and local leaders, fighting tirelessly to protect our neighbors and families.
I have had the opportunity to visit every school in my district, sitting down with educators, administrators, parents and students. I am committed to fighting for our kids’ fair share.
Last year, without raising taxes, we were able to increase funding for Clark County schools by $489 million to hire teachers and reduce class sizes. We must continue to increase funding for education so that teachers have the resources in the classroom and students have every opportunity to excel.
Having seen my daughter, Gabby, excel at an arts-integrated charter school in the Southwest, I believe in giving parents access to opportunities for our children to succeed by expanding charter schools and all-day Kindergarten programs.
By investing in better schools, we will attract companies to invest in creating jobs in Nevada.
I am proud of my work with state and local leaders to make our roads safer, including:
- Cutting though red tape to get the Cactus railroad overpass under construction
- When tragedy struck three students on Blue Diamond Road, I helped fast track installation of a traffic light and pedestrian crosswalks.
- Increased safety measures around our schools, including Wright Elementary School and Tarkanian Middle School.
I will also continue to fight for common sense criminal background checks on all gun sales in Nevada to help keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill.
Investing in Job Creation:
My brother-in-law Bryce opened a restaurant in Senate District 9 during the worst part of the recession in Las Vegas and, thanks in part to hiring incentives for small businesses, it is now thriving. I believe we have the people to get our economic engine moving again, but we need to foster that growth with continued incentives and innovative solutions. We also need to ensure our workforce is educated in the high tech, bio tech and engineering jobs of the future. We will only attract and keep businesses in Nevada if we invest in improved K-12 and higher education.
Like you, I want our home to be a place that reflects who we are, a place that we are proud of. I am a proud Nevadan, with a proven record of standing up for our values.
I ask for your vote for re-election to the State Senate for District 9 on November 4th, so that, together, we can build a better future for Nevada.