I have been knocking on doors and making phone calls to the voters in District 9 and the most common question I get is “why do you want to run?”
My answer is simple. Nevada is my home. I have lived in Southern Nevada for over a decade, my wife Megan and her family have been here for over a half of a century and we are raising two beautiful children who we hope will call Nevada home for generations to come.
As your neighbor and a homeowner, I understand the struggles we face to keep our homes and as State Senator I will crack down on the illegal foreclosure practices that have ravaged our community.
Investing in Small Businesses:
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 the HIRE Act, and other government 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 new 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.
Educating A 21st Century Workforce:
As a father, I have seen through the eyes of my second-grader, Gabby, the challenges our school system is facing. She’s had excellent teachers, like Ms. Petrosky and Ms. Luke, that should be rewarded for their dedication. But our classes are overcrowded and our curriculum often leads to teaching to the lowest common denominator.
We must fund education so that teachers have the resources in the classroom and students have ever opportunity to excel. By investing in better schools, we will attract companies to invest in creating jobs in Nevada.
Energy Independence and Conservation:
As a kid, my summers were spent with my family in an RV crossing the country visiting everywhere from “the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters.” Those experiences instilled in me a passion to protect and conserve our public lands. The economic benefits of protected lands can not be overlooked and we need to make sure we invest in promoting our Nevada public lands as tourist destinations.
I also believe in harnessing the natural resources we enjoy in Nevada--solar, geothermal, wind. These can be great job creators, not just to construct and run the plants, but also in the manufacturing of equipment such as solar panels and wind turbines. We need to cut the red tape that stifles renewable energy development and work to create a comprehensive plan for the state that identifies locations suitable for renewable energy projects and then puts them on the fast track.
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. We often hear we are last on this list or that list, but I know that by pulling together we can do better and I want to be a part of the solution.
I ask for your vote for Nevada State Senator District 9 come November so that, together, we can build a better future for Nevada.