Compiled by Dave Maxwell
1. Why are you running for this office?
I am a candidate for Lincoln County commissioner because I love Lincoln County. I have been involved in public policy at the local, state, and national levels most of my adult life. I own and operate two businesses here in Lincoln County. I am passionate about public policy and having a sound government that protects the liberty and rights of the individual, while providing essential services. I believe that my experience will be a benefit to the county.
2. Where are you from?
I was raised outside of Pioche in the community of Eagle Valley. I attended Pioche Elementary, Panaca Elementary, and Lincoln County High School. Even though I was gone for a few years as I served a mission, worked, got married, and finished college. Pioche has always been home and where I wanted to raise my family. I have been here full time since graduating from college 25 years ago.
3. Local family?
My family history in Lincoln Country began with an extended great grandfather who ran cattle in Barclay in the 1850s. My parents were both born and raised here in the county. Along with the many cousins who tie in here dating back several generations.
4. What do you think are your qualifications?
I have read the United States Constitution and feel like I understand its principles. I have read the Nevada constitution and also feel like I understand the principles of federalism that this nation was founded on. I have served on many boards and commissions, both local and state. I have met with each of our congressional representatives, so they know my name and face. I have built relationships with many of our state leaders. I believe that the knowledge and experience that I have accumulated over the years can be used to improve things here in the county and open doors for opportunities.
5. Have you served in this office or a similar capacity before?
I have not served as a county commissioner. I have served on local and state boards and commissions with regulatory authority, so I know the processes to follow and have the ability to work with others while maintaining the integrity of my principles.
6. What do you think are the major issues facing Lincoln County that you would try to work on?
From my own observation, and having it reaffirmed by those I have visited with around the county, our fiscal situation continually stands in need. Government costs money and doesn’t create any wealth – only redistributes. With the increase in costs, we are very limited in our ability to increase tax base. It is counterproductive to raise taxes on an already struggling community, so the only answer is to increase the area that the taxes are based on. Because over 98 percent of Lincoln County is controlled by the federal government, we need to improve our relationship with the federal agencies and work to find ways to develop business and industry that will bring jobs to the county and create wealth here. We have a tremendous natural resource base and need to find better ways to make use of that resource.
7. Why do you think you are a better choice than your opponent?
I believe that I am a man of integrity, knowledge, and passion for our community. As such, I am willing to listen to all the sides and put the work in to make Lincoln County the best it can be. Take advantage of my experience to do this.