Compiled by Dave Maxwell
1. Why are you running for this office?
My life has been built around service to others; first to my country, giving more than 40 years to the United States Marine Corps where I served with distinction in two Special Operations divisions – Reconnaissance Battalion and later, ANGLICO (Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company); to my community where I’ve worked as a teacher and held various local leadership roles; and to my friends and neighbors. Now I want to serve Lincoln County because there are things I think we can do to strengthen Lincoln County, giving our residents more opportunities in return.
2. Where are you from?
I’m originally from Inglewood, California. I moved to Nevada in 1992 and have been a resident of Pioche since 1994.
3. Local family?
Unfortunately, no. All of my family has passed on, and I am the only one remaining.
4. What do you think are your qualifications?
I have small business and finance experience from owning my own business(es) and managing the monies for the City of Fontana, California; I have a bachelor’s degree in public relations, understand business development, the budget process, as well as bidding and grant processes. I have worked in a volunteer capacity for a number of businesses and organizations and know the barriers they face with outreach and sustainability. Additionally, I have a great ability to listen and hear all sides of an issue before taking a position.
5. Have you served in this office or a similar capacity before?
I have held numerous leadership positions throughout my lifetime and was elected treasurer for the city of Fontana, California, serving from 1986 to 1990 until I was called up for Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
6. What do you think are the major issues facing Lincoln County that you would try to work on?
We need to protect Lincoln County’s water rights. Farming is an important industry for us, so making sure water and other durable supplies are accessible and affordable is an absolute necessity. Finding ways to increase employment opportunities for our children once they have finished high school, without destroying our way of life, is important, too. I would like to see our kids stay in our communities, creating a sustainable rural heritage for new generations to come.
More importantly, I want to hear what our residents want so that I can be a voice for them at the table. That is why I have been traveling around the county talking to businesses, homeowners, families, etc., so that I can get a sense of the issues they talk about over their kitchen table.
7. Why do you think you are a better choice than your opponent?
That question is better posed to the voter, but what I can tell you is what I bring to the position. I am a solution-oriented problem solver who believes that the hyper-partisanship of today has created a reckless and hostile environment in government, making it nearly impossible to find solutions that benefit the most. Civility and compromise are necessary tools for working effectively with others. That said, I’m not afraid to call someone out if they’re not holding up their end. I am someone with a track record of doing what I say and putting the interests of others ahead of my own for the greater good. Simply put, I am a people person who gets the job done.
8. Any further comments
Voters are welcome to call me with questions at (775) 962-1424. I work for all.