As a business owner, I watched the state mandated draconian shut downs during the pandemic take out businesses in my communities. I will promote and support legislation to limit the Governor's emergency executive powers to 30 days with legislative review for any extension. I and others appealed to the Governor to let the 17 counties in our state manage and make the decisions best for their communities but to no avail. Nevada was on a crash course with California pandemic management and rather than Nevada leading- we participated in political theater. I've employed hundreds of Nevadans over the past 30 years. I know what it means to make payroll. I know what it feels like when the economy crumbles, i.e. 2008-2014, and you have to scramble to stay in business and think outside the box to survive, but when the government shut down businesses in 2020 it robbed owners of their freedom to do business and navigate the pandemic as they saw best relative to their needs and their customers needs.
Not only are my family roots deep in rural Nevada, so is my respect. No matter how civilized and progressive we think we are, there is such inspiration and backbone to the good people who carve out a livelihood from the harsh, arid conditions of a beautiful desert state like Nevada where it then blooms like a rose from their efforts in those communities.
Whether it be mining, ranching or farming,we must always be engaged in understanding the challenges and concerns of our hard working, tax paying rural Nevadans. We must protect their rural lifestyle from the long arm of the federal government and the doomsday climate alarmists with their untenable Green Agenda. Those who live off of the land should have a seat at the table of policy making and their collective wisdom and knowledge should be taken into account.
The romance of the West and the pride we feel in our state is founded in what rural Nevada is.
Nevada ranks 50th in the nation in education. I'm not interested in nice speeches and empty promises. I'm interested in facts and empirically driven results with our children's future in mind. One size does not fit all. Choice in education is a necessity for parents and children...they should not be at the mercy of their zipcode! I have long been a fan of great educational innovators such as Marva Collins and Geoffrey Canada. We must look to reforms that have proven to be successful and not rely on answers from the same sources that continue to give us failing outcomes.
The founding fathers did not enshrine the right to keep and bear arms in our founding documents so that we could merely hunt. The 2nd Amendment is our right to protect ourselves, our families, and our nation.
"...shall not be infringed."
Freedom of speech, the open exchange of ideas, and community engagement are the pillars on which any successful society depends. I would love to hear what YOU are most concerned about and look forward to an ongoing conversation.