2022 Nevada Voter Guide

Libertarian Party of Nevada

Some of the best liberty-minded individuals in the country are running for office this year here in Nevada. Unfortunately, some of the absolute worst politicians are running as well. Use our voter guide to help tell them apart.

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Statewide Offices

Brandon Davis

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Entrepreneur & Musician
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Our assessment: Brandon Davis is a breath of fresh air in this race. He's not a scummy career politician - he’s an entrepreneur with solid libertarian principles and a common-sense agenda to improve prospects for ordinary Nevadans. His policy proposals are well-thought-out and comprehensive, and he has a proven history of putting ideas into action.

Davis favors reducing the size and scope of government to allow the expansion of individual liberty. He loves peace, prosperity, puppies, mom, and apple pie. Davis is obviously the best choice for governor. Why are you even still reading this? Go and vote for him.

Steve Sisolak

Rating: Negative

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Our assessment: Sisolak should be pilloried and excluded from polite society. He abused his executive power with lockdowns of schools, casinos, and “non-essential businesses”. He ruined lives with vaccine and mask mandates. He caused more direct harm and suffering to Nevadans than the coronavirus ever could.

On all other issues, he’s a typical big-government Democrat. He has a laundry list of issues he’d love to “fix” by spending other people’s money and growing the apparatus of the state. His rhetoric is bland and he panders shamelessly. We’re sick of it - and Nevadans deserve better.

Joe Lombardo

Rating: Negative

Clark County Sheriff
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Our assessment: Now that he’s on the campaign trail, Lombardo criticizes Sisolak’s covid response - but these after-the-fact objections ring hollow in light of his earlier actions. In the era of lockdowns and mandates, Lombardo vowed to enforce Sisolak’s orders and even voiced support for Sisolak’s early shutdown measures earlier this year. As a sheriff he could have taken a stand and refused to enforce the restrictions. Instead, he publicly trashed LVMP officers who wouldn’t take the covid vaccine.

Most of his stated public policy positions are decent, but not all. The big problem with Lombardo is that we only believe his “bad” campaign promises. We anticipate a massive disconnect between his campaign rhetoric and his actions. Like most politicians, he’ll say anything to get into power, but if seated is unlikely to do anything to advance liberty for the people.

Edward Bridges II

Rating: Negative

Retired Air Force Pilot
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Our assessment: Bridges had a career in the US Air Force, and actually flew in the Vietnam War. The biggest section on his website issues page is devoted to veteran’s issues. Some of his policy positions are acceptable (he’s pro-2A), but some are plainly right-wing authoritarian.

He’s also out-of-touch with the times. At a time when parents are desperate to escape Nevada’s famously awful government schools, and alternatives like school choice and ESAs are on everyone’s mind, Bridges boldly proposes fixing the public school system by forcing kids to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

We see him as a one trick pony (veteran’s affairs) and simply too old to hold public office.

Javi Tachiquin

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Firefighter & MMA Fighter
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Our assessment: Javi is a mixed martial artist and a firefighter. He is passionate about civil liberties and free markets. He has solid libertarian principles and is good on everything.

We think Javi would make an excellent lieutenant governor, and we would say that whether he threatened us with a crippling arm bar or not.

Lisa Cano Burkhead

Rating: Negative

Teacher & Administrator
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Our assessment: Her entire career has been spent in Nevada’s government schools: public school teacher, principal, and administrator. Nevada’s government schools are terrible. Infer what you will from that.

She is endorsed by a ton of unions - which is rarely a good thing. Despite her extensive background in education, her campaign website’s ‘education’ page has no substance whatsoever - nothing beyond “teachers are superheroes” who need more resources. Her policy proposals all translate to “spend more money”, and she has no relevant experience for the role.

Stavros Anthony

Rating: One Star

Retired Teacher & Police Officer
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Our assessment: Stavros has had a varied career history that could indicate a broad base of relevant experience for this role. He’s a former teacher and a retired cop, as well as a Las Vegas City Councilman Ward 4 (2009-present). He opposes Nevada’s covid response - says “emergency powers should be limited, for a short period of time, and quickly checked by the legislature”. He supports school choice and ESAs, favors lower taxes and spending, and supports election integrity.

Bill Hoge

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Hoge has no campaign website. Unfortunately, there was not enough available information about this candidate to properly evaluate him.

Trey Delap

Rating: Negative

Public Affairs Professional & Lobbyist
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Our assessment: Delap is a public affairs professional and lobbyist. His primary issue is improving NV’s healthcare system, with a focus on mental health services. He’s a recovering gambling addict, and appears to be a mental-health advocate with laudable goals.

However, we see a prior felony conviction for embezzlement as disqualifying for public office. He may have turned over a new leaf and we wish him well on his journey, but not as lieutenant governor.

Ross Crane

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Convention Manager
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Our assessment: Ross is principled, honest, and determined to root out corruption in government. If elected, he’ll work to establish fair and transparent processes, and will always prioritize your rights and liberties.

Jim Marchant

Rating: Two Stars

Entrepreneur & CEO
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Our assessment: Marchant seems to be a competent, principled, small government conservative. He is thought of highly by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, and we tend to trust their judgment. He favors lower taxes, regulations, and reducing wasteful spending. He favors school choice and completely opposes Nevada’s destructive response to covid.

If elected, he intends to reduce filing fees and simplify the business registration process. We also appreciate his stated goal of reducing red-tape for private charities. He favors voter ID, election transparency, and cleaning out our voter rolls. He believes our state has an election integrity problem and isn’t afraid to run on that issue.

Cisco Aguilar

Rating: Negative

Lawyer and Brand Manager
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Our assessment: Cisco Aguilar is a lawyer and former brand manager, and he’s endorsed by a bunch of unions and other Democrat politicians - including a few we know to be uniquely terrible. His campaign website is long on platitudes and endorsements, but short on substance. He positions himself in opposition to those who are “subverting public confidence in our elections”, and favors “reducing barriers to voter participation”. In an era of widespread mail-in balloting, we’d love to get specifics on what he thinks still constitutes a barrier.

Janine Hanson

Rating: Two Stars

Political Organizer
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Our assessment: Janine Hanson is chair of the IAP, and a dedicated constitutional conservative. She’s a fierce and long-time advocate of limited government, and strongly opposed the state’s covid response. As the president of Nevada Families for Freedom she maintains a regular newsletter to alert subscribers to proposed legislation and opportunities for public comment. We have areas of philosophical disagreement, but also areas of shared interest - such as school choice and abolishing the Fed.

Her campaign is centered around election integrity. She opposes automatic mail-in balloting, ballot harvesting, and automatic voter registration at the DMV (due to her concerns about illegal aliens voting). Hansen believes Nevada was exposed to voter fraud in 2020 because of the passage of AB4 in 2020, and that 2022’s AB321 has made things even worse.

John T. Kennedy

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Retired Computer Programmer
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Our assessment: John T. Kennedy has withdrawn his candidacy for attorney general, but will remain on the ballot.

He is an intelligent and principled libertarian who ran for the position in good faith, but later discovered that he was ineligible for the role. Why not? Because he is not an attorney - a fact which wouldn’t have been disqualifying two years ago, or in any previous election for attorney general in Nevada’s history. He’s also being personally sued over this by Republican challenger Sigal Chattah - which is insane.

It’s an interesting story. The requirement to be a member in good standing of the Nevada state bar is a new qualification added late in the 2021 legislative session. Unfortunately, nobody updated this in the online Nevada Revised Statutes or on the Secretary of State’s website. It wasn’t updated on Ballotpedia. To our knowledge, it wasn’t updated anywhere.

When Kennedy accepted our party’s nomination for the role, these resources indicated that he was eligible. When he filed his paperwork with the state, he informed them that he was not an attorney and was specifically assured that it posed no problem. Nobody challenged John’s candidacy until long after the deadline passed to do so - and at this late date it would cost the state millions to change the ballots.

Sigal Chattah has attempted to portray the situation as a grand conspiracy between state officials and our candidate to hinder her chances, and others have used this to sling mud at the Libertarian Party. The truth is that this is a story of mild incompetence on the part of our state-level bureaucrats.

You can read John’s personal statement on the situation below. It’s a genuine loss for the people of Nevada, as he is a principled fighter for individual rights and liberties - and because the other candidates are uniquely undesirable.

Statement Regarding Eligibility

Aaron Ford

Rating: Negative

Former Lawyer & Teacher
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Our assessment: Aaron Ford formerly represented NV SD11 (2013-2019) and is the incumbent. His stated top priorities for another term include a number of causes only tangentially related to his office - such as fighting climate change by opposing gas pipelines, protecting abortion rights, and pushing further gun control measures. He also highlights his efforts to sue opioid manufacturers and intervene in private contracts (aka “worker’s rights”). His endorsement list is extensive and includes the support of major unions and law enforcement groups - neither of which is encouraging.

Despite his many negatives, we heartily commend Ford for his efforts in passing SB50 last year, which restricted the use of "no-knock" warrants in Nevada. We sincerely appreciate that.

Sigal Chattah

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Our assessment: Sigal Chattah is vocal and litigious. The “top-cop” hopeful filed a personal suit against our AG candidate John T. Kennedy, and publicly demanded that he be prosecuted and jailed for errors not of his making. Her willingness to railroad an innocent person to marginally improve her odds of personal advancement (while highly prosecutorial in spirit) completely disqualifies her in our eyes.

A person who gleefully slanders and attempts to financially intimidate someone as a PR stunt ~while simultaneously claiming to be the victim of the situation~ should not be entrusted with the powers of an attorney general.

In some ways it’s a disappointment. She appears to be pro-federalism, and supports school choice and the 2nd Amendment. We love that she filed lawsuits against Sisolak and Ford over the state’s authoritarian covid response. Too bad she’s a total psycho.

Bryan Elliott

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Retired Financial Analyst
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Our assessment: Bryan has a strong finance/investing background. He has solid libertarian principles and is very experienced. He is running on rooting out corruption and increasing transparency with our public finances. What’s not to like? What, do you like corruption and opacity instead? Vote for Bryan. He’s amazing. Hell, vote for Bryan twice if they’ll let you.

Zach Conine

Rating: Negative

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Our assessment: Zach Conine is a lawyer with a background in finance. Over the past few years he presided over the doling out of federal covid relief funds in our state. He also claims to have negotiated a bipartisan agreement in the state legislature to throw an additional $200 million at our public school system. His major failing is a willingness to piggyback on tragedy to score political points - evidenced by his announcement earlier this year that he would be divesting state funds from companies that manufacture “assault-style” weapons. Invest “our” money with an eye on minimizing risk and maximizing returns and not for virtue-signaling nonsense, please.

Michele Fiore

Rating: Negative

Entrepreneur & CEO
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Our assessment: Fiore has formerly served in the legislature in AD4 (2012-2016) and on the Las Vegas City Council (2017-present). She’s an entrepreneur, but one of her businesses had its license revoked by the state and she’s been investigated over campaign finance issues. On the positive side, she’s pro 2nd Amendment, voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana and gay marriage, sponsored “right to try” legislation, and was vocally pro-Bundy.

She initially announced a run for governor this cycle…and then abruptly filed for Treasurer instead. She appears to have no qualifications for the role other than her love for Donald Trump - crediting a conversation with his team as her motivation for switching races.

Margaret Hendrickson

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Unfortunately, there was not enough available information about this candidate to properly evaluate them.

Jed Profeta

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Army Veteran & Stage Production Tech
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Our assessment: Jed Profeta has good libertarian instincts and values self-sufficiency and healthy debate. He opposed the state’s response to covid, and supports implementing school choice measures to prepare students for the real world. His goal is to act as a public servant and safeguard the interests of the people of Nevada. He supports “buying local” with state expenditures whenever possible.

Ellen Spiegel

Rating: Negative

Entrepreneur & Consultant
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Our assessment: Ellen Spiegel is an entrepreneur, consultant and former legislator in AD21 (2008-2009) and AD20 (2012-2019). She initially announced a run for Secretary of State in the primaries, then switched to Controller later. Her proposals for the role include simplifying processes and increasing collections, as well as giving preferential treatment to state vendors who meet certain diversity specifications (DBE & EPEWE). She’s also endorsed by Sisolak, which should be enough to disqualify her.

Andy Matthews

Rating: Three Stars

Former Journalist & Policy Analyst
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Our assessment: Andy Matthews currently serves in the legislature in AD37 (2020-2022). He’s a former journalist and policy analyst for the Nevada Policy Research Institute. He favors smaller government and expanded individual liberty, and suggests making records of all state spending publicly available online for transparency and accountability. He was involved in the creation of Transparent Nevada, which provides the public with extensive, detailed information about how our tax dollars are spent.

Matthews is highly principled and uniquely qualified, and we absolutely trust him in “promoting frugality and economy” (part of the official job description for state controller). He will serve Nevada very well if we are wise enough to elect him.

Ballot Questions

Group-based Rights

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Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended by adding a specific guarantee that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this State or any of its cities, counties, or other political subdivisions on account of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, ancestry, or national origin?

We oppose this initiative on principle. Our rights come to us as individuals, not as members of any group or class. It is immoral for the state to deny or abridge the natural rights of any person, for any reason. To delineate special groups of people as needing additional rights or protections undermines the concept of individual rights and is antithetical to a free society.

This language is poisonous, and should be avoided at all costs. If we fail to reject identity politics - root and branch - we doom our society to future struggles.

Increase Minimum Wage

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Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended, effective July 1, 2024, to: (1) establish the State’s minimum wage that employers must pay to certain employees at a rate of $12 per hour worked, subject to any applicable increases above that $12 rate provided by federal law or enacted by the Nevada Legislature; (2) remove the existing provisions setting different rates for the minimum wage based on whether the employer offers certain health benefits to such employees; and (3) remove the existing provisions for adjusting the minimum wage based on applicable increases in the cost of living?

We oppose this initiative on both principle and practical grounds. It seeks to restrict the right of consenting adults to contract willingly with one another on terms of their choosing. For this reason, minimum wage laws are a violation of our rights.

In practice, minimum wage laws are cruel and deny opportunities to those who need them most. They price low-skilled and inexperienced workers out of the market, harming their ability to improve their lives. Raising the minimum wage doesn’t raise the marginal productivity of the worker - it just makes it illegal to hire them at a rate where it makes sense for an employer to do so.

Minimum wage laws drive up unemployment and incentivize the replacement of human labor with machines, or many low-skilled workers with fewer high-skilled workers. They have historically been used by high-skilled unionists and open racists to eliminate competition from lower-skilled workers, often minorities. These laws hurt the very people they purport to help.

Change Voting System

Rating: No Recommendation


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Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to allow all Nevada voters the right to participate in open primary elections to choose candidates for the general election in which all voters may then rank the remaining candidates by preference for the offices of U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Controller, Attorney General, and State Legislators?

We offer no recommendation on this initiative, as we are internally divided on the issue. Many libertarians in our state support the proposal - including our gubernatorial candidate Brandon Davis, who is a notable proponent of this measure. Others in our community and state party leadership oppose the measure.

Supporters feel strongly that ranked choice voting breaks the negative cycle of voting against the candidate you hate and allows people to vote their conscience without fear of “wasting their vote”. They believe this undermines the duopoly system and enables greater participation from smaller political parties like ours. Supporters also say that the open-primary system reduces extremism and negative pandering, because politicians all need to appeal to the public at large, rather than only to their base. They note that an open-primary system would free the Libertarian Party from the burden of maintaining ballot access. They believe that instituting this change will allow for greater representation and choice, more opportunities for libertarians, and a healthier political climate.

Opponents of ranked choice voting argue that the real-world results of the measure may not be a net positive. They point to some evidence which indicates it may result in lower voter turnout and lower vote-effectiveness for people who don’t fill out the ballot correctly. They also fear that the increased complexity will lower public confidence in election outcomes. Other opponents of this particular ballot question agree with ranked choice voting, but not with the open-primary.

These opponents note that open primaries would remove the ability of the Libertarian Party to act as a “spoiler” - a position that has some leverage. They point out that libertarianism is a minority viewpoint without broad institutional support or large donors, and worry that the open primary system will result in an outcome where Libertarians never make it through the primary to appear on the general election ballot. Ultimately, they fear that the measure will not live up to the aspirations of its supporters, but will instead reduce opportunities for Libertarian candidates to make their case to the public.

Ultimately, our internal disagreements on this measure are not based in core principle, but rather in different expectations of what the results of this policy might be.

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Federal Offices

Neil Scott

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Retired
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Our assessment: Neil’s primary campaign issue is repealing the federal income tax. He rightly points out that both of the other two parties are redistributors at heart, and that only libertarians place trust in the American people to be responsible and sovereign in their own lives. Vote for Neil to protect your earnings from the professional looters in Washington DC.

Catherine Cortez Masto

Rating: Negative

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Our assessment: Catering Cortez Masto is the worst form of centrist - bad on everything. She received a lifetime voting score of 4.7% from FreedomWorks.org. She supports Obamacare, price controls on medicines (insulin), more money for public schools, taxing/fining energy companies for “price gouging”, raising the minimum wage and implementing the Green New Deal.

She pretends the coronavirus “crushed our economy”, rather than the lockdowns and mandates. She’s supported every Biden policy to date. She wants to use legislation to “prevent insurers from leaving rural counties while stabilizing healthcare premiums”. Overall, she reeks of leftist fascism, the perfect union of corrupt government and big business interests. She’s also among the top ten recipients of big pharma money. Recoil in horror, Nevadans.

Adam Laxalt

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Our assessment: Adam Laxalt opposed the lockdowns from around April 2020, which is very good. He claims to be a staunch federalist, and during his tenure as AG he created a “Federalism Unit” to push back against several Obama-era regulations (although it does not appear to still be in existence). In some areas however, his Republicanism appears to override his belief in federalism - for example, he opposes sanctuary cities and supports national concealed carry reciprocity legislation.

He also used the “Federalism Unit” for less than noble ends - such as fighting to uphold questionable state convictions for non-violent crimes. He favors a strong border and tighter election laws, and is being slammed by his opposition for questioning the integrity of Nevada’s elections in some areas following the 2020 election. Despite his tough-on-crime posture and coziness with the Trump phenomenon, his federalism stance earned him a one-star rating from us. If anything can save this country, it will be federalism and nullification.

Barry Rubinson

Rating: Zero Stars

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Our assessment: No campaign website. Unfortunately, there was not enough available information about this candidate to properly evaluate him.

Barry Lindemann

Rating: Negative

Construction & Finance
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Our assessment: Lindemann is an interesting candidate, in an incongruous kind of way. He favors lowering tax brackets by the same amount as inflation rises, and pursuing a balanced budget. He opposes government student loan guarantees/forgiveness and supports school choice, the 2nd Amendment, free speech, and a “pragmatically” non-interventionist foreign policy. He opposes the covid measures. He says the Colorado River issue needs to be “rethought” and the government needs to “take action”. His solution involves building desalination plants for Mexican towns, reducing the amount of water going to California and calculating water distribution by % of annual volume rather than acre-feet.

Much of that is fine or positive from our perspective - but he also has some bizarre and very specific stances. For example, he wants the federal government to fund and issue home mortgages with straight-line interest rather than the traditional amortized ones. He wants all students to pass a class on money in order to graduate from high school. He wants to freeze all immigration until a congress passes a comprehensive reform bill. It sounds like he wants to peg student loans from the government to the federal funds rate, but his website isn’t entirely clear. Say what you want about these positions, but they aren’t small-government ones.

Ken Cavanaugh

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Retired
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Our assessment: Cavanaugh is a strict constitutionalist. He opposes the covid response, both Nevada’s and at the federal level. He supports school choice and ending the Fed. He opposes foreign interventionism. In Congress he’ll do everything in his power to push the federal government all the way back to its constitutional limits.

Dina Titus

Rating: Negative

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Our assessment: Dina Titus is a former poli-sci professor who has previously served in the US legislature in CD3 (2009-2011) and SD7. She’s awful. She’s endorsed by all the wrong people. She supports a $15 minimum wage and is terrible on the 2nd Amendment. FreedomWorks.com gives her a lifetime score of 14%. She deserves your vote if you love massive government and want more of it. If not, look elsewhere.

Mark Robertson

Rating: Two Stars

Retired Army Officer
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Our assessment: Robertson is a retired Colonel with a 30-year army career, a former UNLV finance professor as well as an entrepreneur. He’s pro-school choice - even calling for the Dept. of Education to be abolished and replaced by block-grants to the states. He acknowledges the Fed as the root cause of inflation and correctly points to the covid lockdowns as exacerbating it. He favors a strongly secured border, but wants to make it easy for legal immigration to happen. He supports moves towards energy independence, allowing the market to govern fossil fuel production, and is pro nuclear energy. Vows to work with reps from other Western states to address our water crisis.

Robertson’s positions are pretty darn good for a Republican. We wish he didn’t support the war on drugs and we hope his stated opposition to foreign military interventionism is sincere. On the whole, he’s a pretty good option.

Darryl Baber

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Cowboy
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Our assessment: Darryl wants our nation “restored to the constitutional vision of the founders”. He will fight to repeal the Patriot Act, protect our 2nd amendment rights, and hold lawmakers accountable to the people. Vote for Darryl to help steer this nation towards sanity.

Mark E. Amodei

Rating: One Star

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Our assessment: Amodei is a lawyer, former AD (1996-1998), and former SD (1998-2010). He has a decent lifetime voting score from FreedomWorks.org (67%) and his GovTrack.us issue matrix pegs him as a moderate Republican. From our perspective, he’s a mixed bag. He’s pro 2A and opposes wasteful taxes and regulations, but hawkish on foreign policy and military spending.

He supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, but supports a national ban on abortions after 20 weeks (negative from a federalist perspective). He supports expanding border security and LGBT protection against discrimination. Much of his legislation has had to do with BLM/Forest Service/citizen land-use issues in Nevada, which, to our eternal shame, we didn’t have the time to fully evaluate. He describes these bills as aimed to expand local control of federal lands - positive if true. He also voted for both the CARES act and the December 2020 bill.

Elizabeth Mercedes Krause

Rating: Negative

Retired Teacher & Police Officer
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Our assessment: Elizabeth Mercedes Krause is a former teacher who is primarily running on her activist vibe. She overtly leans into identity politics - listing racial justice and tribal sovereignty as two of her top platform issues. She includes the expansion of gun control in her platform twice, as well as all the standard ‘living wage’ and ‘healthcare for all’ talking points you’d expect to go along with that. She also bizarrely claims that attending pre-school has a lasting and visible impact on children, stating: “I can tell. It is often very easy to tell when a student has attended preschool or not.”

She seems a little flakey, but will definitely work to increase your taxes and decrease your liberty.

Russell Best

Rating: Negative

Retired Businessman
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Our assessment: Best is a retired businessman, and his campaign website doesn’t work. He supports school choice and eliminating the Department of Education, which we appreciate. He also favors ending the Federal Reserve and returning the US to a gold standard – which we love. Unfortunately he also appears to support military interventionism and using Nevada tax-payer money to pay for Allegiant Stadium. He is generally running on a “return to the Constitution” platform and seems well-intentioned, but hasn’t articulated enough specifics to earn a higher ranking from us.

Susie Lee

Rating: Negative

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Our assessment: Susie Lee is awful. We are tempted to end the analysis there. She has a lifetime voting score of 4% from FreedomWorks.org. She wants to throw more taxpayer money at our government schools – and everything else. Her ‘accomplishments’ page is just a laundry list of “investments” aka handouts to various groups. She also appears to be at least somewhat hawkish, as she recently sponsored a bill to make current sanctions against Iran permanent. Overall, she seems to believe that big, huge, ginormous government is the solution to all of society’s ills. As an added bonus, she’s accused of unethical stock trades (she blames her soon-to-be-ex-husband).

April Becker

Rating: Two Stars

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Our assessment: On paper, April Becker appears to be a very good candidate. She vehemently opposes NV’s covid response. She supports school choice and ESA’s, and within the public school system she opposes CRT/political indoctrination and wants to shrink bureaucracy in favor of more teachers. She favors non-interventionism abroad and rightfully pins inflation on the injection of money into the economy. She wants to expand US energy production and lessen our supply chain reliance on Chinese production.

Like most conservatives, she favors a secure border and tighter voting controls, and opposes welfare benefits for illegal immigrants. On healthcare she seems muddled; she wants to eliminate some restrictions on the market and remove regulations that prevent private solutions… but also insists that pre-existing conditions be covered. Overall, her stated goals are good but many of her public statements are squishy - which makes us doubt her conviction.

Steven A. Horsford

Rating: Negative

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Our assessment: Horsford has a lifetime voting score of 8.7% from FreedomWorks.org - and a quick peruse of his website illustrates why. On every issue, he seems to favor expanding government controls while also throwing more money at whatever the problem is perceived to be. He supports Nevada’s covid response and brags about being “laser focused on crushing the Covid-19 virus to save lives”.

He wants to give money to government schools, cancel student loan debt, and start “cracking down on oil companies that are gouging customers”. He even supports rent control policies that will fine or tax investors who rent or sell at “unreasonable prices”. We think his faith in the application of top-down force is unreasonable.

Sam Peters

Rating: One Star

Entrepreneur & Retired Air Force Officer
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Our assessment: Sam Peters is running as a constitutional and fiscal conservative. He strongly opposes the covid response at both the state and federal level. He supports school choice and ESAs and thinks the federal government should have no role in local schools. We agree. He also favors auditing the Fed. We want it repealed, but an audit is a step in the right direction. On immigration he favors secure borders and opposes sanctuary cities. He seems to welcome legal immigration and oppose taxpayer funded benefits for non-citizens (positive), but also disturbingly wants to penalize businesses who hire illegals.

He favors energy independence and believes it’s a security risk to rely so heavily on Chinese production of our supply chain and materials essential to US defense. He doesn’t say much on foreign policy, but he does seem to generally favor interventionism. He specifically states that he “supports Israel unquestioningly” which is also very concerning. No foreign entanglements should be unquestioned. This posture prevents us from giving him a higher rating, although he has a lot of policies we agree with. We also appreciate the subtle open carry in his promotional videos.

Nevada Senate Seats

Edgar Flores

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Our assessment: Has been AD28 since 2014. Lawyer. Flores seems like a decent fellow who really cares about working locally to help the poor (especially immigrants - his parents emigrated from Mexico) with mentorship and education. His campaign website has no issues or policy stances. Comes across as a garden-variety Democrat who will promote big government “solutions” to try to help his causes.

The best thing about Flores to us is that he is big on mentorship and actively works on a smaller, local scale to help people. We think he should keep doing that good work, rather than mucking things up in Carson City.

Leo Henderson

Rating: One Star

Bus Driver & Former Corrections Officer
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Our assessment: Henderson isn’t a politician. He’s a bus driver and former corrections officer. Like his opponent, his parents were immigrants. Henderson is running on election transparency, school choice, law and order, small, efficient government with low taxes and fewer stifling regulations. Also like his opponent, Henderson is active in local non-profits helping young people grow and prosper via mentorship and guidance.

We believe Henderson is the better choice of two similar opponents with different guiding principles.

Marilyn Dondero Loop

Rating: Negative

Teacher
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Our assessment: Incumbent (2018-present) Formerly AD5 from 2008-2014. NPRI grades Loop 31% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. Loop is a schoolteacher. Her biggest issue by far is education. She favors (and brags about achieving) measures that “improve” the system by raising teacher pay and increasing budgets for the bureaucracy.

We think that’s the wrong approach to helping Nevada’s kids, and that the results show it.

Joey Paulos

Rating: One Star

Casino Executive & Entrepreneur
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Our assessment: Paulos is not a politician. He worked in the hospitality/gaming industry and is now an entrepreneur. He is strongly opposed to Nevada’s authoritarian response to covid. He supports school choice and breaking up the CCSD. He favors lowering taxes overall and specifically wants to cut regulations that restrict housing supply and cause housing shortages. He thinks public sector unions are a big problem that harm average Nevadans. We think so too.

Melanie Scheible

Rating: Negative

Lawyer
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Our assessment: NPRI gives Scheible a 31% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. Her big issues are education (she wants to spend more), public safety (where she wants to erode gun rights and prevent crime with after-school programs and job training), healthcare (she believes it is “a right, not a privilege”) and the economy. Her economic policies are worst of all – she wants to help people and businesses by spending taxpayer money, micromanaging them with regulations, and subsidizing and mandating “green” energy usage. She also wants to increase the minimum wage, so we must assume she loves unemployment and hates poor people who haven’t yet developed valuable skills.

Tina Brown

Rating: One Star

Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Brown isn’t a politician. She is a small business owner and works in real estate. Her campaign website is sparse. She generically claims to be “pro-business” and “pro-police” without providing any detail beyond cutting regulations and taxes, and reversing so-called “pro-criminal” policies. We would have hoped that 2020 would have taught Republicans to be wary of backing the blue unquestioningly, but she doesn’t seem to have learned the lesson. Her saving grace is her support for school choice.

Chris Cunningham

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Insurance Industry Consultant
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Our assessment: Cunningham is not a politician. His professional background is varied and he’s been successful in running both an insurance agency and a consulting business. He’s currently an e-sports commentator. He firmly opposed all of the covid restrictions imposed by state officials, and his top priorities in the state senate would be curbing executive emergency overreach, expanding school choice, eliminating burdensome regulations on healthcare and regressive occupational licensing, and fighting against crony special interest groups in Nevada.

He’s a principled libertarian with a broad skill set and unparalleled work ethic. Elect him and he’ll fight for your liberties every day.

Fabian Donate

Rating: Negative

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: NPRI gives Donate 26% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. He was appointed following a resignation. He was educated in public health and healthcare administration. His website says almost nothing except that he supports unions, “fully funding education”, and “ensuring that everyone has access to quality, affordable, healthcare”... somehow. His campaign website is mostly some pandering without much substance.

Philip Graviet

Rating: One Star

Retired Casino Employee
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Our assessment: Graviet is a self proclaimed “blue collar worker”, mostly in the casino industry. He is running as a conservative and constitutionalist. He wants to reduce taxes, fees, and regulations in addition to “overturning pro-criminal policies”. His website is light on specifics. He favors school choice, and opposed Nevada’s response to covid. He wants to “limit the governor’s emergency powers”, which is a position we applaud.

Julie Pazina

Rating: Negative

Hospitality & Convention Industry
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Our assessment: Pazina’s top issues are all generic Democratic talking points - from increasing public school funding to expanding background check laws for firearms. When it comes to the economy and healthcare, all of her “solutions” involve expanding government through regulations, price controls and green energy mandates, or simply shoveling cash at problems. She’s also endorsed by a bunch of public sector unions, including the CCSD teacher’s union. Hard pass.

Cherlyn Arrington

Rating: One Star

Grief/Trauma Counselor & Life Coach
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Our assessment: Arrington opposes Nevada’s response to covid. She supports school choice, low taxes, election integrity and “medical freedom & affordable healthcare”. Her campaign website is generically conservative and lacks specifics. She has a professional background as a paralegal in a DA’s office, serving on the sexual assault unit and as a victim’s witness. She runs a small life-coaching business focusing on grief and trauma counseling, and volunteers in her community for several non-profits that help the poor and other at-risk groups.

Skip Daly

Rating: Negative

Labor Union Business Manager
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Our assessment: Daly has served on a couple of different advisory boards and committees in addition to prior time in the state legislature. His top priorities include expanding the range of benefits that businesses are required to offer to employees (makes sense for a union guy) and expanding the range of benefits the government offers.

He wants to provide tax credits for developers to build low-income housing, make healthcare more affordable (magically), and throw more money at the government school system. All of this adds up to spend more taxpayer money and expand the scope of government. He devotes some space on his website to transparency and accountability for the government, but we think if he actually cared about accountability he wouldn’t be advocating to throw good money after bad.

Matthew Buehler

Rating: Zero Stars

Career Air Force Veteran
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Our assessment: Buehler is campaigning as a “moderate, centrist Republican”, (not encouraging). He’s all over the map. On the positive end, he favors lower taxes and is generically pro-federalism (decentralization of political power). He opposes Nevada’s response to covid and opposes the “limitless powers of the BLM in Nevada” (we hate the Bureau of Land Management too).

On the other end - from the neutral to the negative - he wants to “develop more affordable healthcare and housing options”, but offers no specifics.He supports law and order generally. He supports election “reform and security”. He supports a “livable minimum wage” which shows a lack of economic understanding. And, finally, he is strongly, firmly, viciously, opposed to Daylight Saving Time.

Ira Hanson

Rating: Two Stars

Plumber, Entrepreneur & Media Personality
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Our assessment: Hansen is a former AD32, 2014-2018. He’s a plumber, entrepreneur, radio talk show host and newspaper columnist. Hansen is running unopposed, so we won’t spend too much time on his campaign except to say that he appears to us to be pretty good on a wide variety of issues. NPRI gives him 91% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card and that seems about right. Hansen’s wife is also an incumbent (AD32).

Aaron Sims

Rating: Negative

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Sims self-identifies as “progressive”. We identify him as “terrible” on all issues. Housing? He believes it is a human right, and wants to “cap rental prices” and “reduce property values” to solve it. Schools? He wants to spend more. Healthcare? He wants single-payer. He believes climate change is “the most existential threat to humanity’s survival”, and wants wind and solar subsidized and fossil fuels taxed. As if that weren’t enough - he approves of Sisolak’s use of emergency powers and literally wants more (to solve the housing crisis).

Lisa Krasner

Rating: One Star

Lawyer & Professor
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Our assessment: NPRI gives Krasner 77% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She’s mainly running on voter ID and limiting executive emergency powers and she already has bills drafted to address those issues. She supports charter schools, ESAs, and Opportunity Scholarships, and is pro-2A. She favors lower taxes and regulations in a general way, but might also favor subsidies to attract businesses or help them expand.

She supports increasing/protecting state benefits for the groups that Republicans like - police, firefighters, veterans, nurses, doctors, the elderly, etc - and wants to expand the Silver State Healthcare Exchange. Overall she is good on some issues but not strictly small-government. Her signature achievement in the last legislative session was to extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse.

Robin Titus

Rating: Two Stars

Doctor
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Our assessment: Titus is a former AD38, 2014-present. NPRI gives her 96% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She is a medical doctor and a Lyon County Health Officer and opposed Nevada’s covid response as well as the attempts at a vaccine mandate. She supports school choice and opposes CRT and “political agendas” being pushed in Nevada schools. She is a free-market advocate and believes “government should only do what the private sector cannot”. We love that attitude, but in other areas she’s textbook Republican - for example, she “unequivocally backs the blue”. She supports voter ID and is against mail-in ballots. She has a specific interest in expanding rural health care access.

Brandon Mills

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Army Vet & Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Mills is an Army vet, entrepreneur and small business owner. He despised Sisolak’s authoritarian lockdowns and will push for policies that prevent them from ever recurring. He ultimately favors abolishing the abomination that is government schooling, but supports school choice and ESAs in the meantime and is a strong advocate for parental rights.

He wants to help Nevadans “opt out” of inflation with state-level sound money policies (read his questionnaire responses for details). He’s committed to repealing onerous occupational licensing restrictions that reduce our opportunities. He will fight against cronyism, corruption, and growth of government. He’s a smart, thoughtful and serious candidate with real answers to the problems faced by our state.

Brent Foutz

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: All we know of Foutz is that he was arrested for trespassing at a veteran’s facility in December of 2018. Unfortunately, that’s not enough information to properly evaluate him.

Jeff Stone

Rating: Negative

Pharmacist, Entrepreneur & Professor
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Our assessment: Stone recently relocated from CA (and was in the CA legislature as recently as 2019). He resigned to take a Trump appointment (Western Regional Director in the Dept. of Labor). He’s a pharmacist, entrepreneur, professor, and self-described “Reagan Republican”.

We like some of his proposals and positions - such as abolishing the public option in health insurance and expanding school choice, but we are sick and tired of Californians moving here and immediately injecting themselves into our legislative body. It takes some audacity to talk about “our state” when you just moved here.

James Ohrenschall

Rating: Negative

Lawyer
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Our assessment: Formerly AD12 (2006-2018). NPRI gives him 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card, which makes sense when you review his issue positions. He actively opposes ESAs, and the majority of his “accomplishments” are supporting bills that require companies or government entities to do more. For example (and for the ladies), he sponsored a bill requiring your doctor to inform you if you have dense breast tissue, which he promotes as evidence of his commitment to gender equity.

April Larsen

Rating: Negative

Dental Hygienist
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Our assessment: Larsen is a dental hygienist and married a restaurateur. Her husband Fleming is also running (AD12). Her Ballotpedia answers are generic Republican platitudes, and her campaign website is light on solutions. She opposes Nevada’s response to covid, which is good. She wants to break CCCD into smaller districts (also good), but she doesn’t mention school choice and her other education prescriptions will raise the costs of government schooling. She is pro-cop, and generally pro-business and anti-tax, but inconsistent. For example, she wants to increase Medicaid. Basically, she comes across as a big-government right-winger. That’s not good.

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Nevada Assembly Seats

Daniele Monroe-Moreno

Rating: Negative

Retired Corrections Officer
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Our assessment: She is a retired corrections officer. She literally has no issues page on her website, but the list of assemblies, caucuses, committees, boards, and political awfulness is a mile long. NPRI gives her the 23% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card and we think that speaks volumes.

Garland Brinkley

Rating: Zero Stars

Retired Professor
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Our assessment: Brinkley is a retired college professor (economics). We like that he is familiar with public choice theory. His campaign website is sparse. He supports school choice and ESAs. He wants to reduce the gas tax. He wants voter ID and opposes universal mail-in ballots.

Patrick "Mac" McAtee-MacRae

Rating: Zero Stars

Navy Vet & QA Manager
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Our assessment: His only complaint about NV’s covid response was the vax mandates. He’s fine with the lockdowns and mask mandates. He supports school choice. He doesn’t want new taxes, but doesn’t want the gas tax lowered at all. He also wants to increase pay to teachers, cops, and firefighters. He isn’t really running on principles or policy positions. Instead he claims he will listen to his constituents and work with everyone. We think without principles you are rudderless.

Jason Bednarz

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Musician & Teacher
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Our assessment: Jason is not a politician, he’s a musician and teacher. He opposes Nevada’s covid lockdowns and mandates. He supports school choice and lowering regulation and taxes. He favors transparent elections and supports voter ID and ending universal mail-in ballots to get us there. Overall, he is a great guy with solid libertarian principles.

Heidi Kasama

Rating: One Star

Accountant, Entrepreneur & Real Estate
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Our assessment: Kasama is a CPA, entrepreneur, and works in real estate. She has some general pro-business policies, but not consistent. On her campaign website, she favors some Trumpy-sounding price transparency legislation for hospitals. On education, she doesn’t mention school choice, just that we should shift costs away from administrators, towards teachers - and hire more of them.

Her policy proposals seem muddled. She favors a time-restriction on emergency executive powers, but doesn’t mention the covid lockdowns or mandates. NPRI gives her 79% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card, so we are going to charitably assume this is just bad website copy.

Nick Christenson

Rating: Negative

IT Professional
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Our assessment: Christenson works in IT. His website is a laundry list of complaints and desires, with no solutions offered - only reliance on a bigger, more intrusive, and more expensive government.

Selena Elizabeth Torres

Rating: Negative

Teacher
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Our assessment: Torres is endorsed by a truckload of unions, and was the founder of the ‘Cesar Chavez Day’ festival. Her website has close to zero issue positions beyond “improve working conditions” and “create a more equitable Nevada”. NPRI gives her 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card.

Joshua Lemack 

Rating: Two Stars

Marine, Businessman & Real Estate
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Our assessment: Lemack is running as an anti-foreign intervention constitutionalist. He wants to reduce regulations and taxes and streamline the business license application process and favors “open markets” generally. He opposes Nevada’s covid response, supports school choice and ESAs, and favors voter ID laws.

Interestingly, he wants to, “reallocate funding and resources on the Colorado River and fund new conservation programs and update infrastructure in NV.” The devil is in the details on that one, but overall, he had us at “stop spending money on useless programs and endless wars”.

Darby Burns

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Music Producer
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Our assessment: Darby Burns is not a politician - he works in the music industry. He opposes Nevada’s covid response, favors school choice and ESAs, and prioritizes criminal justice reform. He is opposed to all laws against victimless crimes and believes that locking up peaceful people is abhorrent. He opposes the occupational licensure regulations and fees that cripple entrepreneurs before they even get started.

Darby is running on a message of decentralizing political power, to build a more “live and let live” society. He points out that the scale of government has become so enormous, intrusive, and expensive that we are tearing each other apart over control of the damnable thing. Darby is young, principled, smart, and kind. He’s exactly the kind of person you’d want representing you in a legislative body. You’ll never be prouder casting a vote, we promise.

Richard McArthur

Rating: Zero Stars

Retired FBI Agent
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Our assessment: McArthur was formerly AD4 (2008-2012) and (2016-2018). He was an Air Force pilot in Vietnam and was an FBI agent for 25 years. He is pro-gun, supports low taxes and small government, and supports school choice. His biggest selling point is a high ranking from NPRI, who gave him a 97% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card.

Unfortunately, he also favors a highly restrictive immigration policy and supports fighting our destructive drug war. He opposed marijuana decriminalization here in Nevada. He supports the deportation of illegal immigrants and wants to make sure English is Nevada’s official language. We think these priorities are distorted, and we also can’t ignore his professional background. He’s literally been an agent of the state for the bulk of his career. He’s not terrible, but voters have a better choice on this ballot.

Ronald Morgan

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Facilities Manager
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Our assessment: Ron Morgan is not a politician. He describes himself as a blue collar worker who understands the challenges faced by families across the state. He opposes Nevada’s covid response and the damage and division it created. He favors increasing public school teacher’s salaries and training opportunities. He supports gun rights and wants to keep Las Vegas a safe and livable city.

Brittney Miller

Rating: Negative

Teacher
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Our assessment: Miller is a public school teacher from Detroit whose campaign website is a laundry list of complaints and wishes with no specific solutions beyond a bigger and more expensive government. She wants to increase funding for government schools and add another layer of bureaucrats to the system. She wants Medicaid for all Nevadans - which would add crippling costs and further damage our already deeply cronyist healthcare system. NPRI gives her 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card.

She also specifically brags that her parents began discussing race and gender inequality with her at the age of three in order to “prepare her for the world ahead” - so she’s a deadly combination of woke and fake.

Kelly Quinn

Rating: One Star

Small Business Owner & First Responder
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Our assessment: Quinn is a corrections officer with firefighting and EMS skills. He is a constitutionalist who takes federalism seriously. He favors voter ID, opposes “healthcare mandates” including vax mandates. He favors school choice and Opportunity Scholarships - these he wants expanded to include homeschooling. He opposes “government overreach” generally and favors limiting the length of emergency executive powers. That’s all pretty good, but he also favors the drug war, which isn’t so good.

Shondra Summers-Armstrong

Rating: Negative

Union Leader & Retired RTC Employee
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Our assessment: NPRI gave her a 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She is heavily involved in local charity, assistance, and activism. She supported Nevada’s covid response and is bad on two of her top three issues: housing and healthcare. She wants to increase taxes on new, large houses and industrial buildings to fund the development of “affordable housing”, and wants to “expand access” to healthcare in an unspecified way. Her third priority is criminal justice reform - which is an area where she might be decent, but it’s hard to say as she only mentions being involved in one bill to change police use of force laws.

Kathryn Rios

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Rios’s campaign website is extremely sparse, with essentially no detail on her positions beyond: “Freedom of Choice, Pro Small Business, Less Taxes”. She acknowledges that Nevada’s government schools are failing children and specifically objects to sexualizing and racializing children - calling on adults to instead emulate MLK. She obliquely references “the plandemic”, and that it is “bleeding us financially as a residual effect”.

Cameron Miller

Rating: Negative

Media Personality
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Our assessment: Miller is proud of producing “socially conscious” projects. His website doesn’t include any issues, positions, or political principles - just his bio. He appears to be involved in a range of youth mentorship programs, and we commend him for that. NPRI’s gave him 24% in their 2021 State Legislative Report Card and he’s endorsed by an avalanche of unions and progressive groups

Anthony Palmer

Rating: Negative

Retired Police Officer
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Our assessment: Palmer is a retired cop who’s running as a constitutional conservative. He opposes Nevada’s covid response. He wants emergency executive powers beyond 15-30 days to be authorized by the legislature. He wants higher pay for cops and more money for training and the crime lab. He is pro 2nd Amendment; supports the Castle Doctrine and wants to repeal red flag laws. He wants lower taxes, school choice, and to break up CCSD.

He favors voter ID and opposes automatic mail-in ballots and ballot harvesting. On social issues he is a conservative - he opposes transgender athletes in women’s sports and favors a “heartbeat” abortion bill that would criminalize it after 6 weeks. He’s a tough-on-crime type who favors mandatory jail time for a range of offenses, many of which are nonviolent or victimless. He specifically wants to protect qualified immunity. So, good on some issues and atrociously authoritarian on others.

Duy Nguyen

Rating: Negative

Planning Commissioner
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Our assessment: Nguyen’s position on healthcare offers some insight into his overall philosophy, as he argues that people “should not have to worry about the bills, paperwork, what will be covered, and what resources are available to us” as they consume it. He essentially rejects the concept of scarcity, and that mindset can’t be fixed. He also leans heavily into identity politics, with much of his website devoted to his “lived experience” and “cultural competence”. He has other positions, but we’ve seen enough at this point.

Jenann Logan

Rating: One Star

Flight Attendant
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Our assessment: Logan is running as a constitutional conservative. Her top issues are medical freedom and school choice, so she’s a thousand percent on the right track. She uses words like tyrannical, overreach and experimental in describing Nevada’s covid response, and supports funding ESAs and repealing red flag laws. She wants to review current spending and increase transparency. Those are all policies we can get behind.

Steve Yeager

Rating: Negative

Lawyer
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Our assessment: We sincerely appreciate the work Yeager has done to try and get some modest reforms to Nevada’s egregious civil asset forfeiture laws passed. Unfortunately, that single item is essentially an exhaustive list of every point of agreement we have with him.

Beyond that, Yeager is a generically awful Democrat who supports economically illiterate policies. He wants the government to mandate everything for everyone - childcare, minimum wages, employment benefits, you name it. His website begins with “Climate change is real and must be dealt with now” and ends with “making bold investments”, so there too, shockingly enough, the solution is to spend and regulate more. Additionally, he was a “key lawmaker” in the “banning of the sale and possession of ‘ghost guns.’” He scored 24% in NPRI’s 2021 Legislative Report Card. Yuck.

Ryan Fleming

Rating: One Star

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Fleming is running as a constitutionalist. He supports constitutional carry and the 2nd Amendment more generally. He supports school choice and opposes “new taxes”. He advertises himself as anti-”woke” and is generally opposed to “Nevada turning into California and Las Vegas turning into Los Angeles”. He’s also interested in the potential of blockchain as applied to government infrastructure for transparency and accountability. On the other hand, he’s a law-and-order type who wants to increase police budgets. On the other other hand, we love his dog Roo…so he gets the thumbs up.

Sandie "Gisela" Hernandez

Rating: One Star

Small Business Owner & Trade Show Industry
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Our assessment: Hernandez is running as a fiscal conservative. She supports “preserving freedoms and economic security of working-class Americans” (no specifics). She supports school choice and ESAs, and prioritizing academic fundamentals over social issues. She supports voter ID, and opposes sanctuary cities. She wants to lower taxes, abolish the commerce tax, and balance the budget. and is pro 2nd Amendment. She opposed Nevada’s covid response and “false emergency orders” and wants to limit those executive powers.

Rochelle Nguyen 

Rating: Negative

Lawyer
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Our assessment: Nguyen is a lawyer. NPRI gave her 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card.

Beatrice "Bea" Duran

Rating: Negative

Union Leader
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Our assessment: Duran started out as a waitress, helped organize a union, and now works as a “grievance specialist” in the Culinary Union. She doesn’t have an issues page, but celebrates minimum wage increases, “prevailing wage” standards on school construction projects, and the pre-existing conditions mandates as her shared accomplishments. Unsurprisingly, she’s endorsed by a bunch of unions. Also unsurprisingly, she scored low in NPRI’s 2021 Legislative Report Card, with a 24% rating.

Eric Krattiger

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Krattiger’s campaign website is sparse. He’s against ‘defunding the police’ and ‘restorative justice’. He supports election integrity reforms and overturning the recent pandemic-related voting legislation. He wants to improve education and our economy, but provides no plan or further details. Overall, there is very little information available and what exists is generic.

Max Carter II

Rating: Negative

Union Leader
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Our assessment: Carter is a union negotiator (IBEW Local 357) turned politician. Unsurprisingly, he’s endorsed by a bunch of unions. He’s a yoga instructor and Trauma Intervention Program volunteer. He was also involved in an interesting project to offer direct primary care services (outside the standard health insurance paradigm) to union members, but it’s unclear what lesson he drew from that experience - he just says he wants to “provide access to affordable healthcare” for Nevadans - which is usually a bad sign. He also wants to fight for “livable wages”, so we have to assume the worst.

Flemming Larsen

Rating: One Star

Entrepreneur & Restaurateur
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Our assessment: Larsen favors school choice, breaking up CCSD, and also allowing cities to opt out of the school system - which is a unique position that we like a lot. He’s generally pro law-enforcement and pro 2nd Amendment. He favors fiscal accountability and reducing wasteful spending. He favors eliminating the commerce tax, and he opposes Nevada’s covid response. His wife is also running for office in Nevada (SD21).

Brian Hibbetts

Rating: One Star

Retired Police Officer
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Our assessment: Hibbetts is running as a constitutionalist. He favors school choice and ESAs and breaking up CCSD. He is generically pro-business and wants a smaller government. He opposes Nevada’s covid response and wants emergency executive powers to automatically end after 14 days unless approved by the legislature. He seems like an average Republican who was a little red-pilled by the covid lockdowns and mandates - a shift that we welcome.

Will Rucker

Rating: Negative

Minister & Community Organizer
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Our assessment: Rucker works as a “pastor and non-profit director”. He’s endorsed by unions, and favors “common sense” gun control. He takes the position that climate change will render Nevada uninhabitable - he literally says that the “Nevada we love will not exist for our children” and proposes solar power, “sustainable” construction, and upgrading all government buildings as a solution.

He suggests a “truth in advertising” law in politics, which is a horrifying proposal to those of us already concerned about media censorship. He’s a positive-rights progressive who thinks everyone is entitled to everything - from health care to housing, and everything in between. He says that “Economic injustice is a form of violence that we can end” - which translates to a limitless expansion of government power in the name of equity.

Erica Mosca

Rating: Negative

Teacher
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Our assessment: Mosca is a public school teacher and nonprofit founder who describes herself as a social justice advocate. As a teacher, she is “dedicated to empowering change from the community, for the community to ensure students can play the game to change the game to upend structural inequity and systemic racism”. Translated: she’s an unapologetically woke progressive.

Her campaign website lacks an issues page, but her focus seems to be on “living wages”, housing, healthcare and climate change - all areas where the humongous-government implications are obvious. And of course, she’s endorsed by a bunch of unions.

Shawn Stamper

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Unfortunately, there was not enough available information about this candidate to properly evaluate him.

Howard Watts

Rating: Negative

Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Watts has a BS in political science and is a completely political creature. He’s a young progressive who supports net-zero emissions by 2050, policies to promote or “ensure” diversity (which in effect means instituting racial hiring quotas - no way around it) in government bodies and police leadership, expanding Medicaid and spending more on government schools. He’s pro-minimum wage and endorsed by a bunch of unions.

His website boasts of legislative accomplishments such as ending “the use of racially discriminatory school mascots and geographic place names”, pushing electric vehicles, preventing homelessness, and expanding automatic voter registration. He panders shamelessly, and most of his positions are just awful.

Steven D. Bang

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Unfortunately, there was not enough available information about this candidate to properly evaluate him

Cecelia González

Rating: Negative

Student
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Gonzales 23% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. Her top issue is criminal justice reform. We passionately support a reform of the “justice” system in order to protect peaceful individuals from governments and other predators - but we are concerned that Gonzalez might support a different set of reforms from what we would endorse. Her website touts her involvement with the Mass Liberation Project under the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada - a prison abolition organization which trains community organizers to confront “the cancer of white supremacy, the structure that undergirds the criminal legal system” and identifies capitalism as one of the forces behind systemic oppression. In short - she’s a woke activist seeking re-election in order to keep “fighting for social, environmental, and economic justice” and is likely to do more harm than good.

Jesse "Jake" Holder

Rating: Zero Stars

Insurance Agent
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Our assessment: Holder is a former Navy LCDR and he works in insurance and real estate. Unfortunately, that’s not enough information for us to properly evaluate him. His website appears to be broken.

Clara "Claire" Thomas

Rating: Negative

Retired from the US Air Force
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Our assessment: NPRI scored Thomas 24% on their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She has been a union steward for SEIU Local 1107 and is endorsed by a bunch of unions. Her campaign website lacks anything like an issues page, but she describes herself as a progressive Democrat. In a 2021 interview with the NV Indy she expresses support for expanding early childhood education, criminal justice reform, and for the pandemic election reforms of 2020.

Eugene Michael Pawley III

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Unfortunately, there was not enough available information about this candidate to properly evaluate him.

Venicia Considine

Rating: Negative

Lawyer
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Considine 26% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She favors standard Democrat goals, with no way to achieve them except the magic of big government. Her website doesn’t have an issues page, but her priorities appear to be housing and healthcare. Her heroes include Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Elizabeth Warren. She believes that compromise is impossible with “elected officials who claim to despise the government” - so it’s a safe assumption that she won’t work with us. She’s even endorsed by Joe Biden!

Christine DeCorte

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Unfortunately, we don’t have enough information on this candidate to properly evaluate her.

Thaddeus "Toby" Yurek

Rating: One Star

Retired Police Officer
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Our assessment: Yurek was a Henderson PD cop for 20 years and a lawyer for the last 7 years. He’s managing partner in an injury law firm focusing on cops and firefighters as plaintiffs. He is running as a constitutionalist and favors lower taxes and school choice. He wants to “reclaim the governor’s emergency powers”. He seems to have a solid grasp on the hidden costs of the state’s covid response and pledges to “protect our citizens from this tyranny”.

Josiah L. LaRow

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Non-profit Sector
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Our assessment: Josiah has great principles - protection of private property rights, individual sovereignty, the non-aggression principle, and voluntary association. He strongly supports local community (non-governmental) solutions to social problems. He opposes every aspect of Nevada’s covid response and wants to remove or limit in duration emergency executive powers.

"He supports separating school and state as soon as possible - and school choice, ESAs and breaking up the CCSD in the interim. He supports federalism and invoking the 10th Amendment to shield Nevadans from federal overreach. He favors reclaiming government Josiah believes that the reliance on government solutions to social challenges stifles our creativity and generosity, and comes between us. He wants to foster a cultural shift towards genuine community and goodwill, and start a new kind of conversation. A vote for Josiah is a vote for individual sovereignty and real change!lands located in Nevada. He opposes occupational licensure and wants to lower/remove the fees and regulations that strangle our businesses. He’s pro 2nd Amendment. He wants to fight for our Colorado River water rights against the enormous waste committed by our more politically powerful neighbors (primarily California). He wants to eliminate drug penalties and all other laws against victimless crimes."

David Orentlicher

Rating: Negative

Lawyer, Professor & Doctor
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Orentlicher 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. He was previously in Indiana’s state legislature. He ran here and lost in 2018. He’s an “educator, physician, attorney, and ethicist” according to his campaign website. He teaches at UNLV law school. He believes that everyone has a right to equality, and wants to pass legislation to eliminate racial inequalities - because everything can be fixed by passing a law. His other top issue is healthcare, where he wants to “expand access” and prevent hospitals from overcharging patients. He also opposes school choice and supports permanent mail-in ballots and “affordable housing”.

It’s interesting that as a medical ethicist his website has absolutely nothing to say about the covid regime - no comments on informed consent, mandated medical procedures, or absurdly useless mandated interventions. You’d think that he’d be ethically compelled to speak out - or if he supported these measures at least offer his expert opinion on why.

Stan Vaughan

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Our assessment: Vaughan is formerly an IAP candidate for US Congress and AD15. He’s running as a constitutional conservative and as an “alternative to communism”. He supports free markets and a laissez-faire approach to government. He favors private property and accuses his opponent of “wanting to abolish it”. He’s probably not wrong. He opposes illegal aliens receiving NV driver’s licenses (presumably because of the fraudulent voting problem). He supports voter ID and election integrity and also supports anti-Sharia law legislation (because that’s a pressing issue in Nevada?). We love his anti-communist fervor, but his priorities seem a little out of whack.

Elaine Marzola

Rating: Negative

Lawyer
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Marzola 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She’s an attorney with a degree in women’s studies, and she has no issues page on her on her website, so it’s unclear where she stands beyond her declaration that “education is key and it should be afforded to all children”. She’s endorsed by a bunch of unions.

Jon S. Petrick

Rating: Two Stars

CEO & Physician
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Our assessment: Petrick is a physician and runs a non-profit helping disabled people. His top issue is healthcare, where he supports an emphasis on preventative care and reforms such as FHSAs, personal and portable insurance policies, telehealth, allowing individuals to buy “group” plans (Rand Paul proposed something similar), along with subsidies for the poor. He supports lower taxes, fewer regulations and zoning restrictions, reduced government spending, and stronger election security measures. He supports school choice and ending federal intrusion into local schools.

He’s anti-war, anti-intervention and anti-UN, which we like, but also supports retaliatory agricultural tariffs (which is not good). He opposes trade agreements (which could be a good or a bad sign depending on the reasoning). He opposes eminent domain laws and the Nevada covid response and favors removing or drastically reducing our emergency executive powers. He’s pro 2nd Amendment. His campaign website frequently cites NPRI, which we appreciate.

Melissa Hardy

Rating: One Star

Restaurateur
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Hardy a 65% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She opposes the covid response with a few caveats - she thought the first 2-3 weeks of the lockdowns were understandable but the policy after that should have been “quarantining the infected” instead of locking down businesses. Obviously locking down fewer people is preferable to locking down more people, but if it isn’t voluntary it is an egregious infringement on your rights nonetheless. She supports school choice, ESAs and breaking up CCSD. She favors small government, free markets, and lower taxes and regulations. She wants to institute preferred admittance for locals in Nevada medical schools, in order to address our shortage of medical professionals. She correctly blames inflation on a federal government “that pumps trillions of “fake” dollars into the economy for selected industries that are in line with their agenda”.

Rick Ramos

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: His website has nothing on it but a handful of pictures. Unfortunately, that’s not quite enough information for us to properly evaluate him.

Mercy Manley

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Marine Biologist
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Our assessment: Mercy is a good libertarian who is eager to serve her community in District 23. Elect her for common-sense freedom to be applied to every issue!

Danielle Gallant

Rating: One Star

Small Business Owner & Property Management
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Our assessment: Gallant is an entrepreneur in real estate, property management and construction, and has previously worked as a marriage and family therapist. She favors “limited government, lower taxes, and individual freedoms”. She wants to improve Nevada’s business climate by lowering the regulatory burden and reducing government spending. She favors school choice and opposes CRT and “extreme” sex-ed. She is very concerned about the precedent set by the eviction moratoriums and the disregard towards property rights they illustrated, as are we.

Elizabeth Brickfield

Rating: Negative

Lawyer & Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Brickfield positions herself as a centrist Democrat, as opposed to a grandstanding extremist or ideological panderer. She wants to improve the economy with a “robust public sector” and by offering “better” government services. She wants to regulate housing to protect people from the horrors of AirBnB. She wants to “encourage” medical providers to offer telemedicine services to the uninsured and ALL employers to offer health care to employees. She’s bad on the 2nd Amendment and is endorsed by Moms Demand Action.

Sarah Peters

Rating: Negative

Environmental Engineer
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Our assessment: Peters has a degree in Environmental Engineering and thinks the environment is the defining issue of our time. It’s not clear exactly what remedies she would offer, but her solutions to other questions involve government mandates and spending, so we have to assume the worst. She supports the minimum wage and opposes school choice, thinks housing is a “right”, and favors gun control. NPRI gave her 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card BUT she came out as “pansexual” on the house floor last year - so at least she’s stunning and brave.

Dorzell King

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: King works in financial services and runs his own ministry. He thinks the number one challenge facing our state is political extremism. His story involves being homeless at one point and he thinks “every working person should have housing available in their income bracket” but offers no details on how this could be accomplished. He appears to support school choice, but with no specifics. We’re wary of his desire to “provide resources”, but his stance on educational freedom nets him a neutral rating from us.

Sam Kumar

Rating: Two Stars

Business Executive
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Our assessment: Kumar is running as a limited government conservative. He appears to believe strongly in meritocracy and the U.S. Constitution. He’s a columnist, so his thoughts on current affairs are very accessible. On covid, he started out by giving politicians the benefit of the doubt but by now appears to have caught on to the absurdity of the response. Hopefully he’s learned from the experience.

He favors school choice, voter ID, mail-in ballots on request only, and an end to ballot-harvesting. He favors limited, merit-based immigration with no welfare of any kind available to illegals. He would allow emergency executive powers to exist, but have their use voted on by the legislature quickly and frequently. He also claims that his favorite book is ‘The Fountainhead’, which is clearly a pro-liberty dog whistle.

Selena La Rue Hatch

Rating: Negative

Teacher
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Our assessment: Hatch is a public school teacher who believes the education system is underfunded. That’s not the only system she wants to throw more money at - she also wants universal government funded pre-K. She’s pro-union, obviously. She wants to mandate universal paid family leave, peg the minimum wage to inflation, and place limits on real estate investment (to prevent investors “buying up entire neighborhoods''). She wants to use fees and subsidies to change agricultural practices and reduce vehicle emissions, and has signed on to the ‘zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050’ bandwagon. Basically she has big government proposals for every perceived problem.

Reed Mitchell

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Entrepreneur & Magazine Publisher
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Our assessment: Reed is a dedicated libertarian who will apply his unique perspective and principles to the issues which confront his district. If you are tired of the ‘business as usual’ approach of the Democrats and Republicans and you seek a fresh approach to local government, vote for Reed. He will defend your rights and promote your freedoms!

Rich Delong

Rating: One Star

Geologist, Natural Resource Manager & Businessman.
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Our assessment: Delong is a geologist and an entrepreneur in the mining industry. He says he stands for “traditional Republican values”. He supports election integrity and favors lower taxes and regulations. He favors school choice and opposes ideological indoctrination in schools.

Angela Taylor

Rating: Negative

Education Advocate & Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Taylor is currently serving on Washoe County School District Board, District E. She is CEO of Guardian Quest, which provides diversity and equity training. Earlier this year, she was the subject of an ill-fated recall attempt motivated in part by accusations of CRT in the WCSD curriculum. She wants the state government to “address” rental costs (whatever that means) and wants to increase funding for “affordable housing”. She wants the government to “lead the way on green energy and sustainable building”. She believes that our school system is underfunded. She may not be everything her detractors accuse her of, but she’s definitely not on our wavelength.

Carmen L. Ortiz

Rating: One Star

"Serves in the Public School System"
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Our assessment: Ortiz works in the public school system in some capacity, and has in the past served on the Sun Valley GID. Her campaign website is minimal and generic, with no issues page or details offered. She is running because “She saw what was happening in her community and thought, ‘We can do better’” - which is fine, but not enough information for us to evaluate her.

Reuben D'Silva

Rating: Negative

Teacher
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Our assessment: D’Silva is an Iraq War vet and a public school teacher. He believes that healthcare is a human right, and wants to “treat the issue with the gravity it deserves” by shoveling taxpayer money at it. He has a similar solution to the deficiencies of the government school system, transportation infrastructure (he wants a statewide network of electrical vehicle charging stations), and housing. He supports raising the minimum wage, “paycheck fairness” policies for women, and wants to “mandate the inclusion of a third-gender category on state-issued documents”. Overall, he wants to spend money, give orders, and play identity politics.

Clint Brown

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Brown is an entrepreneur in the automotive industry. He is running as a Christian conservative and constitutionalist. He’s got some excellent insights, like “people I speak with hate paying taxes mostly because they know the government wastes the money”, but his response to that is an urge to fight for his district to get more of that tax money relative to affluent areas. Our instinct is to prevent the waste by preventing the confiscation in the first place. He also appears to support law enforcement more than we are comfortable with. He seems genuine, but lacks a clear platform.

Lesley Elizabeth Cohen

Rating: Negative

Lawyer
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Cohen 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She’s the incumbent, but also filled the seat in an earlier session (2014-2016). She is endorsed by a bunch of unions. Her website leans on being pro-choice. She wants to spend more on public schools and grow our economy through eco-tourism and clean energy. Most of what she promotes as accomplishments represent annoying increases in cost/regulatory burden for marginal or no benefit - such as a bill to create designated “e-commerce exchange zones'' in police stations. The grocery store parking lot isn’t good enough? This needs to be a law?

Rhonda Knightly

Rating: One Star

Administrator & Analyst
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Our assessment: Knightly is a local government worker in finance/accounting. She supports school choice and eliminating wasteful bureaucracy from public schools, but she doesn’t actually ESAs specifically. She favors lowering taxes and regulations. She’s pro 2nd Amendment. She supports the existence of emergency executive powers, but wants stricter time controls (30 days) and legislative approval.

Garrett McGeein

Rating: Flame of Liberty!


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Our assessment: Garrett McGeein is a principled libertarian running for office to fight for your freedoms and protect your rights from encroachment by the state. Vote for him to remove state barriers and expand opportunities for Nevadans.

Natha C. Anderson

Rating: Negative

Teacher
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Anderson 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She’s a public school teacher and a union rep. She wants to spend more on government schools and opposes school choice. She thinks housing is a right, and wants to make Nevada a green technology leader. Her campaign website shares only a select few issues and details are slim, but that’s okay. We’ve heard enough.

Ricci Rodriguez-Elkins

Rating: Two Stars

Commercial Realtor
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Our assessment: She isn’t a politician, she has a background in real estate and is heavily involved with Nevada’s charter school movement. She’s running as a constitutional conservative who “strongly values individual freedom, private property rights, and limited government.” She’s pro-2A, supports election integrity measures (voter ID, banning universal mail-in ballots & ballot harvesting) and wants to remove “wasteful regulations” - an often overlooked but very important cause. One notable downside is her support for government investment in renewable energy.

She was rightfully outraged by Nevada’s authoritarian covid response, and motivated to run by what it revealed about the state education system. She’s passionate about parental rights and protecting kids from progressive ideological indoctrination.

Jill Dickman

Rating: One Star

Business Owner
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Our assessment: NPRI gives Dickman a 95% rating on their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She is an entrepreneur and is running on a conservative platform of small government, low taxes and fewer regulations. She supports school choice and ESAs, as well as free market reforms in healthcare. She’s pro 2nd Amendment and supports voter ID laws.

Somewhat oddly, she never mentions the covid lockdowns and mandates on her website. She made a splash in 2021 by protesting the mask/vax mandates with Annie Black, so we assume her heart’s in the right place on this one - but you’d expect that it would warrant a mention.

Alexis Hansen

Rating: Two Stars

Small Business Owner & Realtor
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Hansen 91% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She has standard conservative values, but her website is short on actual policies. She’s married to Ira Hansen, a Republican incumbent running unopposed for SD14. We are going to take a chance and assume that their policy preferences are mostly aligned.

Bert Gurr

Rating: One Star

Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Gurr is running as a constitutionalist with a focus on rural Nevada. He is pro 2nd Amendment, favors free speech, property rights, and school choice. He opposes Nevada’s covid response. He thinks the big issues to tackle in his community are water, population growth, and infrastructure. His campaign website is light on specifics, but the stated principles are good and we appreciate that he highlighted the issue of federal overreach with regards to public lands.

John Garrard

Rating: Negative

Coast Guard Veteran & Biologist
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Our assessment: Garrard’s website is a mix of sparse and bizarre. Many of his “issues” are just bullet points with no explanation - others are wishful big government schemes. He favors increasing taxes on mining to throw more money at our government schools. He wants to “stop brain drain from rural towns to big cities”. We would love to know how he intends to do that - shackles? Elsewhere on his website, (under “Tribal Resources”) we find this policy proposal: “2. Green energy”. Much of his website is like this - incoherent or otherwise lacking.

Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod

Rating: Negative

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Her campaign website is little more than an endorsements page. She received 24% on NPRI’s 2021 Legislative Report Card. She supported school closures and favored Nevada’s covid response. She’s bad on the 2nd Amendment, and supports raising taxes on mining companies so that she can then advocate throwing more money at our crappy government schools.

Stacy Butler

Rating: One Star

Air Force Veteran
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Our assessment: Butler was in the US Air Force and now works in the insurance industry. She believes in limited government, low taxes, and limited regulation. She favors voter ID and ending automatic mail-in balloting. She opposes Nevada’s covid response and favors limiting emergency executive powers. She favors school choice and ESAs. We like all of that. There are a few areas where she appears to support government action or spending, such as to create job training programs and expand mental health and addiction recovery services. She doesn’t believe in political compromises when the constitution or core principles are at stake.

Mindy Robinson

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Constitutional Activist & Investigative Journalist
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Our assessment: Mindy has a background in American history and political science, and has made a name for herself as a local activist and journalist. She pulls exactly zero punches in her journalism, and recently produced a documentary on the Route 91 mass shooting of 2017. She strongly opposes Nevada’s covid response.

She favors school choice and ESAs. She supports changes to ensure election integrity, including voter ID, paper ballots, an end to universal mail-in balloting and related ballot harvesting. She opposes big money in politics (unions, PACs, lobbyists, etc), and wants to cut taxes and reduce wasteful spending. She opposes no-knock police raids, is pro 2nd Amendment, and strongly defends free speech. She’s a firecracker, and you should vote for her.

Michelle Gorelow

Rating: Negative

Non-profit Sector
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Our assessment: NPRI gives Gorelow 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. Her campaign website has little issues/policy information. She’s a “community health advocate” and has worked for a bunch of non-profits. She favors throwing more money at our government schools. She wants to “expand access to healthcare” (somehow). She wants to “increase our reliance on clean energy” (the phrasing on that is telling), and she’s involved with Leaders for Climate Accountability - an org whose mission is to ensure that “the fossil fuel industry pays its fair share of the massive costs of climate damages.”

Tiffany Jones

Rating: Negative

Medical Device Territory Executive & Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Jones works for a medical device company. On the issues she has conventional Republican stances, but there’s a notable lack of substance and sincerity - she comes across as highly focus-grouped (dare we say astro-turfed?). She thinks the covid regime was “obnoxious”, which is a massive understatement. She’s not the worst candidate in her race, but she’s certainly not the best.

Gregory Hafen

Rating: One Star

Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Hafen 94% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card, so he has a decent track record. He favors school choice, is pro 2nd Amendment and vows to “stop the democrat socialist takeover of NV”. His campaign website is light on specifics, heavy on vague but positive commitments to limited government, federalism, etc. He’s mostly running on how bad the Democrats are, and he’s also running unopposed.

Marc Tedoff

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Marc is a special education teacher and BCBA who specializes in working with autistic children. He’s very familiar with Nevada’s school system, and deeply opposed to the ideological indoctrination of children taking place. His top priority is returning parents control of their children’s curriculum by decentralizing the school system and breaking up the big districts like CCSD. He opposes Nevada’s facist covid response. He is running as a constitutionalist, favoring very limited government, lowering wasteful spending and eliminating harmful regulations. Support Marc for thoughtful, principled solutions and honest representation.

Jacob Deaville

Rating: One Star

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Deaville opposes Nevada’s covid response. He favor’s voter ID, repealing auto-DMV registration, repealing universal mail-in balloting, and ending ballot harvesting. He favors school choice, ESAs, and both auditing and breaking up the CCSD. He opposes CRT and ideological indoctrination in schools and favors lowering taxes and regulations. He supports constitutional carry and repealing red flag laws, but he wants harsher penalties for ‘illegal firearms possession’ and more cops on the streets of Las Vegas.

Shea Backus

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Our assessment: Backus formerly held this seat - AD37 (2018-2020). She’s a graduate of Emerge Nevada - a candidate training organization for Democratic women. There is absolutely zero information on her website on issues/policies, but she’s endorsed by a bunch of unions, police groups, and Moms Demand Action - so we know she’s broadly bad on freedom.

Gregory S. Koenig

Rating: Zero Stars

Doctor
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Our assessment: Koenig is a former Churchill County School Board President. He’s a constitutionalist, and favors lower taxes and smaller government. He’s pro 2nd Amendment. Unfortunately, he’s also a longtime ex-school board member who says the public system is underfunded. He thinks natural renewable resources like wind, solar and geothermal should be used for the benefit of our citizens - whatever that means. His campaign website is pretty sparse but he’s running unopposed, so that’s to be expected.

Ken Gray

Rating: One Star

Retired Air Force Veteran
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Our assessment: Gray is running on a conservative platform. He’s pledged to never vote in favor of a tax increase, and wants a smaller government overall. He also states explicitly that he will not take unconstitutional orders from the federal government - so someone needs to introduce him to the Tenth Amendment Center, stat. He opposes Nevada’s covid response and favors restricting emergency executive power. He wants to implement various election security measures and protect 2nd Amendment rights. He doesn’t express support for school choice, but demands a return to core subjects. He also states a blanket opposition to limiting policing methods, which is unfortunate. Still, he’s mostly aimed in the right direction.

Janice E. Noble

Rating: Negative

Retired Nurse & College Administrator
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Our assessment: Noble supports Nevada’s covid response, and actually wishes Carson City would’ve cracked down on counties that defied the mandates. She opposes school choice and wants to increase funding for government schools. She seems to favor price controls as a means of combating inflation. She favors various big-government policies in many areas: healthcare, education, housing, etc. We genuinely appreciate her taking the time to respond to our questionnaire, but most of what we see is pretty bad.

Sam Toll

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Entrepreneur & Independent Journalist
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Our assessment: Sam is a Gold Hill native, journalist and editor of The Storey Teller. He’s responsible for critically expanding Nevada’s shield law protections for journalists to include independent journalists and digital media outlets. He was frivolously sued by ex-county commissioner Lance Gilman in response to his work and the legal battle made it through the state Supreme Court, setting an important precedent. He’s also a staunch libertarian and a thorn in the side of anyone trying to exert arbitrary authority or violate the rights of others. Elect Sam and you’ll get a fighter for liberty with practical solutions.

Philip "PK" O'Neill

Rating: One Star

Retired Law Enforcement Professional
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Our assessment: NPRI gave O’Neill a 94% rating in their 2021 Legislative Report Card, and he’s a member of Nevada’s Freedom Caucus. He opposes Nevada’s covid response. He favors school choice, and supports lowering regulations and taxes. He wants to mentor incoming freshman legislators, and accuses Sisolak of buying votes with federal money and indebting the state with projects that will require long-term maintenance.

Shannon C. McDaniel

Rating: Zero Stars

Environmental Engineer
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Our assessment: McDaniel is very concerned about Nevada’s water issues and has lots of specific legislative proposals - which makes sense, because that is her area of expertise. Her campaign website issues page has only two items: Water Resources and Land Management. We’re not going to pretend that we have the background to critically evaluate her water management proposals. All we’ll say is: be wary of technocrats.

Sean McNamara

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Sean has relocated out of state and is no longer eligible to serve if elected.

Sandra Jauregui

Rating: Negative

Real Estate Industry
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Our assessment: NPRI gave Jauregui 25% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. She wants to throw more money at our government schools. She supports “investing” taxpayer money in renewable energy, and wants to lower healthcare costs by spending more money on our state medical schools. She wants to keep us safe with gun control. She’s another ‘New Deal Leader’ - the national network of politicians sharing progressive bad ideas. Her campaign website issues page is weak, with no solutions beyond ‘bigger government will make it so’.

Paul Bodine

Rating: Zero Stars

Business Owner
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Our assessment: Bodine seems to be using his campaign website for educational purposes - his issues pages link out to related new articles or analysis rather than explaining his views in his own words (and some of the links are broken). He appears to support school choice generally, but nothing is clear. He says that it was the state’s dubious response to covid that prompted him to run for office.

Tracy Brown-May

Rating: Negative

Non-profit Executive
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Our assessment: Brown-May was appointed to her current seat in February 2021, and NPRI gave her 24% in their 2021 Legislative Report Card. Her campaign website is all empty platitudes. We’ve rarely seen so many words used to say so little. She describes herself as a “champion of the people” in at least three separate places on the homepage alone. She’s also endorsed by a bunch of unions, which is never a good sign.

Edward "Eddie" Facey

Rating: One Star

Business Owner
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Our assessment: Facey seems to promote generic Republican values. His most specific stances are his support for a ‘parental bill of rights’ and his desire to repeal the law that prevents Nevada from offering a gas tax holiday. His campaign website is a mess. We saw him in a 2020 interview and he appeared to be a reasonable non-politician who favors smaller government than we currently suffer under.

Clark County Offices

"Tick" Segerblom

Rating: Negative

Politician
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Our assessment: Segerblom is a power-hungry tyrant. He voted for masking, advocated for county employees to be terminated if they refused to vax, and wanted the county to require private companies to do the same. He wants California-style gun control, nationwide universal Medicare, and more funding for government schools and police forces. He wants to criminalize residential “cut-through” traffic. He wants the government to control you, period. Segerblom is the kind of politician that makes us wish we had created ratings below “Negative.”

Jonathan Rider

Rating: Zero Stars

Marketing & Development Specialist
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Our assessment: Rider has no campaign website so it’s hard to tell where he stands on specific issues. He describes himself as a small-L libertarian, so he can’t be too bad! He wants to prevent future shutdowns and keep the county government out of people’s lives, which we agree with - we just wish we knew more about him.

Randy Rose

Rating: Zero Stars

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Rose is a retired commodities broker and worked in the real estate industry. He is running as a conservative. Rose favors school choice. He thinks the CC Commission abused the populace during the covid fiasco, specifically through the mask mandates. On that, he’s 100% correct.

In other areas however, he’s a little out of whack. He advocates that the government purchase the monorail and expand it (bad idea), and he wants to create an aqueduct from Lake Mead to Lake Tahoe (seems neither feasible nor desirable, although we give him points for creativity). His other big issue is re-renaming the airport to Las Vegas International Airport - which is fine but illustrates incoherent priorities. It seems like he’s still a little too willing to place faith in government solutions to complex problems.

Marco Hernandez

Rating: Zero Stars

LiUNA Worker
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Our assessment: Hernandez’s campaign website is very sparse on policy proposals or philosophy. He’s a longtime union worker, and is running as a non-partisan after narrowly losing in the Democratic primary to Tick Segerblom (he contested the loss and paid for a recount - it came down to less than 200 votes). There’s not much information out there to evaluate him, but since Tick’s in the race we know he’s not the worst candidate.

Justin Jones

Rating: Negative

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Our assessment: Jones is wretched. He voted in favor of covid mask mandates and led the charge to make Clark County's mask requirements and shutdown regulations even more strict than the state level edicts. He authored, sponsored, and passed a resolution declaring “misinformation” about covid a “public health crisis” and sought to silence people - a disturbing violation of free speech.

He’s endorsed by a bunch of unions, supports gun control, and pursues big government solutions to society’s problems. He has shown us what he’s willing to do when entrusted with political power and we don’t like it one bit.

Drew Johnson

Rating: Three Stars

Consultant & Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Johnson is running as a Republican, but it’s clear he has very strong libertarian principles. He strongly opposes Nevada’s and Clark County’s response to covid, specifically the lockdowns, mask/vax mandates, and school closures. He supports school choice and ESAs. He wants to help Clark County grow - economically and physically - by expanding the amount of land available for development (taking it from BLM wherever feasible). He wants to remove the barriers to entrepreneurship and small independent businesses by simplifying start-up processes and reducing fees, taxes, and regulations. He favors voter ID and opposes universal mail-in balloting.

He’s a nuanced thinker and clear writer who understands the issues. Read his questionnaire responses for a better understanding of who he is and what he offers to Clark County - we think you will like what you see.

Jesse Welsh

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Student & Veteran
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Our assessment: Jesse is active in the libertarian community and ran for vice-chair of the Nevada LP in 2021. He’s hardworking and dedicated to expanding liberty and protecting the rights of Clark County residents. Elect him and he’ll fight for your freedoms.

Jim Gibson

Rating: Negative

Politician
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Our assessment: Gibson has a long history in local politics, which doesn’t necessarily weigh in his favor. He has been accused of sketchy finances and dubious dealings involving the Raiders stadium. His campaign website lacks substance, and he voted for the mask mandates. Maybe he has redeeming qualities, but we doubt it.

Billy Mitchell

Rating: One Star

Electrical Engineer
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Our assessment: Mitchell opposes Nevada’s covid response. He supports school choice and breaking up the CCSD, and opposes federal interference in local schools. He wants to lower energy taxes and opposes California’s and Arizona’s current use of water from the Colorado River. He’s against naming our airport for Harry Reid (we hate that name too). He wants to fight corruption in local politics. He also wants to regulate resorts that use “private wells tapping into the Las Vegas water supply” - not an issue we know much about.

Irene Cepeda

Rating: Negative

College Project Director
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Our assessment: Cepeda says her priorities are ‘student centered outcomes’, good governance and decorum. Her resume includes that she’s on the county’s “anti-racism taskforce”. She is endorsed by the Las Vegas Sun and the Vegas Chamber and three education organizations. In a 2019 interview she explained that she doesn’t consider charter schools to be enemies (somewhat positive) but she also talks about the county’s “concerted effort” to hire based on race and the desperate need for more funding.

Brenda Zamora

Rating: Negative

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Zamora works for Make it Work Nevada, a progressive advocacy group. She is endorsed by a bunch of unions and progressive organizations. Her campaign website has no issues/policy page at all. We think voters have two bad choices here. Good luck.

Danielle Ford

Rating: Negative

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Ford is opposed to “privatization agendas”, so our goals aren’t aligned. However, she was the lone vote last year against allowing the district to mandate the vax to their employees, so we give her tremendous accolades for that. She is very concerned about “outside groups are draining school districts and leaving them in shambles”, and alleges that the system is corrupted. She may be right about that.

She wants “the power dynamic on the Board to shift”, which might be a reference to the division on the Board over Superintendent Jara - who was fired last year and then re-hired and given a raise. Her website styles her as an activist “speaking out” against the system. Overall, we definitely disagree with her on the correct direction for the school system, but she’s an interesting character.

Irene Bustamante Adams

Rating: One Star

Business Executive
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Our assessment: Bustamante is running on a”back to basics” platform, with a concentration on reading and math. She also wants to “focus on getting students access to alternatives to traditional higher education”, which means trade schools, etc. She wants to increase funding and teacher pay. It’s a non-partisan race, but she’s previously run for office as a Democrat. Her campaign website doesn’t have a whole lot of substance, but her desire to refocus priorities on the essentials sounds like a good idea.

Linda P Cavazos

Rating: Negative

Therapist
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Our assessment: Cavazos favors gun control and is endorsed by a bunch of unions and progressive organizations. Her top issues are school safety and testing, but her website offers no ideas or plans under either of these headings. Instead, she asks questions like “How do we weigh the pros and cons of testing versus the complaints of lack of validity and cultural disparity?” and says that she will listen to all voices. Her greatest accomplishment, according to her, is a 2018 gender identity policy she helped pass. She’s also been personally protested by the anti-mandate crowd, and they’re probably on to something.

Greg Wieman

Rating: Zero Stars

Retired Teacher, Principal & Superintendent
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Our assessment: Wieman has a PhD and was a career public school teacher and administrator. His campaign website acknowledges how awful the CCSD is, and his top issues are safety and academic performance. He offers no solutions except his superior leadership. He opposes school choice and ESA’s as subsidizing the competition.

He has no condemnation of the district’s covid response, saying that “It would have been difficult to be the only major metropolitan school district in the U.S. that remained open” and arguing that it was correct to “err on the side of caution”. He supports a common-sense curriculum. Overall he seems preferable to the alternative, but isn’t especially good on any of the issues.

Steve Wolfson

Rating: Zero Stars

District Attorney
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Our assessment: Wolfson favors criminal justice reform. He created a conviction review unit in NV (led by a public defender) that resulted in one innocent man being released (after 22 years). He’s endorsed by cops, prosecutors, and firefighters unions. He created “Hope for Second Chances”, a re-entry program for people after they have served their sentence. He created a pre-charge diversion program for low level, non-violent offenders.

He favors the death penalty as a “just in case” option for prosecutors. While currently police shootings are investigated internally, Wolfson says he would support independent investigations as long as the investigators are “trained well”. He’s in favor of keeping no-knock warrants, but says they should be rare. He’s open to a reform of cash-bail for defendants who aren’t repeat offenders or suspected of a violent crime. His opponent takes similar stances on all of these issues. He says that he’s opposed to “ultra-progressive socialism type of reforms”.

Timothy Treffinger

Rating: Zero Stars

Lawyer
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Our assessment: Treffinger is formerly a prosecutor, now in defense and family law. Treffinger has experienced the system from the other side as well, - he took a plea deal on a heroin possession charge in 2015 and went through a diversion program (his ex was an addict and had heroin in the house). He acquitted himself well in an 8-news interview.

"On the issues, he takes similar stances to his opponent. He agrees that an independent investigator should be used when police officers shoot someone, but says that the DA should ultimately make the call on whether or not to prosecute the officer. He wouldn’t abolish no-knock warrants, but says they should only be used in limited circumstances. He would accept a limited reform of cash-bail for people not considered a threat or flight-risk. Like the incumbent, he supports the death penalty as a “specific tool for a specific purpose - the worst of the worst cases”.

He says that the incumbent acts as an administrator rather than prosecuting cases himself, and alleges favoritism and inconsistency in prosecution - a claim also made during the primaries. He claims to take a tougher stance on shoplifting and other lower level property crimes than the incumbent. He also alleges corruption in our family court. "

Deborah Williams-Conway

Rating: Negative

Clark County Recorder
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Our assessment: Williams-Conway is running on her record as a long-time incumbent, so if you approve of past performance you can vote to retain her. She brags about how well the Recorder’s office has served the public over the years (referencing “more than 200 major accomplishments”), while also claiming to have made a number of recent improvements.

Detractors complain that the service is terrible, slow and incompetent - leaving residents vulnerable to home title theft and fraudulent real estate transactions. What has your experience been?

John Evans

Rating: Two Stars

Business Executive
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Our assessment: Evans has a background in finance and the mortgage industry, with a background in forensic document examination. He’s running against the incumbent’s record of gross incompetence - putting Nevadans at risk of fraud and identity theft. He’s also running on general sloppiness and laziness he sees in the Clark County Recorder’s office. “People in the real estate, title, surveying, and document preparation businesses are almost universally frustrated with the operations and service level they get from the recorder’s office,” Evans said. “Countless individuals have told me horror stories of their dealings with the recorder’s office. If I could only accomplish one thing, it would be to restore confidence and trust in the recorder’s office among the business and individuals who regularly have business dealings with the office.”

He says he wants to bring “a very important concept: the value of service to the client” and will replace ‘government service’ with ‘customer service’. We think that’s a worthy cause! We also appreciate that he came out to one of our local meetups to make his case.

Briana Johnson

Rating: Negative

Clark County Assessor
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Our assessment: Her campaign website has no information on it - just a donation page. As the incumbent, she reigned over the disastrous ‘send in a form in less than a week or your property taxes are going from 3% to 8% incident. We see that as disqualifying.

Helen Oseguera

Rating: One Star

Real Estate
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Our assessment: Oseguera was inspired to seek public office by Nevada’s covid response (she’s strongly opposed) and transparency problems with the 2020 elections. She is running on integrity and transparency in local government. We appreciate that she came to one of our meetups and made her case to us in person.

She was also motivated to run by the incident earlier this year where Clark County Assessor’s Office notified homeowners that they needed to file a form (for their primary residence) on short notice in order to prevent an automatic tax increase from 3% to 8%. This understandably caused quite a panic.

Brandon Menesini

Rating: Zero Stars


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Our assessment: Unfortunately, there was not enough available information about this candidate to properly evaluate him.

Douglas County Offices

Sharla Hales

Rating: Zero Stars

Lawyer
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Our assessment: Hales vows to use her position to manage growth and preserve “open space as the irreplaceable treasure it is”. Her campaign website is sparse, which makes sense because she’s running unopposed. Her tagline is “Keep Douglas rural, safe and thriving.”

Wesley Rice

Rating: Zero Stars

Retired Police Officer
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Our assessment: Rice is a long-time Republican Party executive committee member. His website doesn’t speak to specific policy positions or issues. He says he’s “Committed to Our Quality of Life”. He is running unopposed.

Robbe Lehmann

Rating: Zero Stars

Businessman
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Our assessment: Lehmann describes himself as a “life-long Republican and compassionate conservative” and a “fiscal conservative with an MBA”. He says he’s opposed to CRT and age-inappropriate sex-ed, but also denies that those are problems in Douglas County. In fact, he’s running on having “increased board transparency, successfully kept CRT and other biased materials out of the classroom.”

Susan Jansen

Rating: Two Stars

Retired Teacher
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Our assessment: Jansen is running against the implementation of the progressive “woke” agenda that she says contributes to the decline in academic scores in Douglas County schools. She’s probably right. She also says there needs to be more transparency in the DCSD.

Her campaign website’s issues page is focused and detailed. She points to the 2010 adoption of the Nevada Core Curriculum and its “pseudo-scientific teaching methodologies” as a big part of the current problem. Teachers are made into bureaucrats, rather than focusing on their core responsibility - teaching. Her line items are great: “Refocus on academic achievement, end the progressive “woke” agenda, support our teachers, stop sexualizing our children, full transparency, and zero tolerance for violence.” We agree with all of that.

Heather Jackson

Rating: Negative

Occupation Unknown
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Our assessment: Jackson is a former engineer turned stay-at-home mom who is active in the school district. She supports increased funding for government schools, and opposes the 2019 Pupil Centered Funding Bill that centralized the distribution of tax revenue for Nevada schools (we agree - centralization is bad in general).

Jackson wants to address Nevada’s terrible student mental health problem, but doesn’t propose any solution. We get the impression that she believes things are basically fine, but need some tweaking around the margins. She says that prior to her appointment to the Board, she “had misconceptions about how the education process worked” and she wants to help others “understand the process”. We disagree with that position.

Katherine H. Dickerson

Rating: One Star

Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Dickerson is an entrepreneur and married to a substitute teacher. She is running on a platform of stopping the wave of progressive, destructive, identity politics she sees ruining our schools and harming our children. She points out that while her opponents brag about DCSD performance relative to other districts in Nevada, the absolute performance of the district is still highly concerning. Nevada ranks 45th in the nation academically, so even though Douglas schools outperform those in other parts of the state, they aren’t actually high-performing.

Dickerson’s campaign website doesn’t reveal a ton of qualifications for this position, except for strong principles and a commitment to fix a problem that others seem content to sweep under the rug.

David Burns

Rating: One Star

Contract Negotiator
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Our assessment: Burns is an entrepreneur and his wife has been a teacher for over 30 years. He is running on the failures of the current board and points to the terrible results of the Douglas County schools. He opposes the progressive ideological indoctrination he sees happening in the schools.

He opposes the teaching of CRT and says that the current Superintendent is lying about the presence of this content in curriculum and other materials made available to students. He supports curriculum transparency, increased focus on fundamentals, zero tolerance for violence, and fixing a bureaucracy that he sees as the reason teachers tend to flee the district.

Roberta Butterfied

Rating: One Star

Former Project Manager & Professor
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Our assessment: Butterfield worked in finance and as a professor and has over ten years experience volunteering or working in the DCSD. She opposes CRT, and opposes book-banning in school libraries. She wants to prioritize mental health and recovering from learning loss from the pandemic closures. She says DCSD schools are “performing well, among the best in the state”. She seems like a good candidate and sincere in her beliefs, but we see her as the candidate for a continuation of the status quo.

Mark B. Jackson

Rating: Zero Stars


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Our assessment: Jackson is the incumbent and is running unopposed.

Washoe County Offices

David M Banuelos

Rating: Flame of Liberty!

Senior Sales Executive
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Our assessment: David’s top issues are housing, homelessness, and water management. He will support market oriented solutions to these complex issues and look for ways to reduce government interference in the lives of Washoe residents. Vote for David for a reasonable, freedom oriented approach to solving the challenges that face our community.

Michael E Clark

Rating: Zero Stars

Washoe County Assessor
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Our assessment: Clark claims to favor transparency in government and alleges current corruption. He claims to be pro-business, but “won’t rubber-stamp development, which must take neighborhood character and resources into account”. He vows to re-open Washoe County Commission meetings to the public and to address waste and fraud in spending.

He got into legal trouble in 2021 by sending out an anonymous mailer alleging misconduct by state officials, which resulted in a restraining order against him. His position is that the suit is silly, but so are anonymous mass mailers with bikini pics in them.

Keith Lockard

Rating: Zero Stars

Engineer
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Our assessment: Lockhard is running on his experience working with the city of Reno as a civil engineer - which may in fact give him a very useful knowledge base in addressing certain issues. He wants to support growth and transparency, in addition to “prioritizing human service needs”. He’s endorsed by the Sierra Club and a few unions, and wants to work for ‘a sustainable Washoe County”. Nothing about him stands out as especially bad, but we aren’t seeing anything in particular to recommend him.

Mariluz Garcia

Rating: Negative

College Program Executive Director
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Our assessment: Garcia wants to expand mental health resources and spend more to help the homeless. Her solutions involve increasing “public-private partnerships” and getting the county more deeply involved in all aspects of housing. She also wants “a strong push” to subsidize renewable energy to “combat climate change” and create union jobs.

She says the story of her campaign is “the right thing for all the right reasons” - which might just be innocuous fluff but tingles our spidey sense for progressive piety. Regardless, her proposals will expand the scope and spending of our county government.

Denise Myer

Rating: One Star

Industrial Safety Engineer
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Our assessment: Myer is running as a constitutional conservative. She calls for voter integrity measures, but offers no specifics. She is concerned about housing affordability and vows to “take on the challenge”, but admits she has no solution. She says she will work with other commissioners and developers to find one. She supports government transparency and accountability. She is also running on a “don’t defund the police” platform, citing community safety as a concern. We think her instincts towards the constitution are positive and appreciate that she has some training in economics.

Jeanne Herman

Rating: One Star

Politician
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Our assessment: Herman has been a commissioner for seven years, and is very frank about her opposition to the actions of the body (she’s outnumbered - the other four commissioners are all Democrats). She wants to lower taxes, reduce wasteful government spending, and prevent preferential treatment for big corporations over small businesses. She opposes “allowing developers to sue citizens illegally”. She’s against CRT and ideological indoctrination in public schools, and is signed on to a perhaps overly complex Election Integrity Resolution.

We appreciate her federalist instinct - she wants more local control over surrounding public lands, and fought to keep county lands open during covid (which we love). She wants more funding for more deputies to keep pace with population growth, as well as for a few other local things that aren’t libertarian, but aren’t awful. Overall, she appears to have been very active as a commissioner, doing mostly good things.

Edwin Lyngar

Rating: One Star

Teacher & Writer
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Our assessment: Lyngar hesitates to pass judgment-given-hindsight on the covid lockdowns and mandates overall, but admits that they were “sometimes wrong and occasionally unfair” and it was a mistake to close down schools. He supports school choice and ESAs - except for religious schools. He wants “county government to be faster, more responsive to people, and eliminate barriers to getting things done.” He favors personal freedom and private property. He favors decriminalization of most drugs. He sees that our current economic system is crony capitalism, but we think the solution is free markets, while he thinks the solution is to just “govern better”. He favors mandating solar panels on new construction (bad) and “smart water buildings” for “sustainability” (probably bad?)

He’s bad on some things, but honestly pretty good on a lot of others. We would like to see him actually renounce the covid regime rather than waffle - maybe someday he’ll come around. His recognition of the difference between capitalism and cronyism is what made the difference for us.

Ellen Minetto

Rating: One Star

Retired Teacher
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Our assessment: Minetto is experienced on the WCSB. She voted to keep the schools open during the 2020-2021 school year, and thinks the mask and social distancing mandates were a necessary compromise to allow in-person learning. She wants to increase teacher salaries and kind of dodged our survey question about school choice. In other interviews she says that more funding is needed to address problems in the district - mostly related to staffing and retention. She seems like a reasonable person, and her endorsement list is union-free.

Colleen Westlake

Rating: One Star

Works in the Dentistry
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Our assessment: Westlake wants the WCSD to “get back to basics”. She opposed Nevada’s covid response and says that the mask mandates were harmful and unnecessary (we agree). She wants to find funding for teachers and bus drivers by cutting administrative positions. She opposes the teaching of political agendas and says that teachers “should not have to be social justice activists”.

Joseph "Joe" Rodriguez

Rating: Zero Stars

Arson Investigator
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Our assessment: Rodriguez is formerly a police officer and firefighter. He works in the Fire Marshall Division of Public Safety. He was originally appointed to the position and is running to retain his seat. His campaign website doesn’t say much.

Melanie Sutton

Rating: Two Stars

Small Business Owner
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Our assessment: Sutton is running as a constitutional conservative libertarian. She also has a small farm. She pulled her kids out of school because of the covid policies and she hates Nevada’s covid response. She favors a more “classical” education, a return to the basics with no CRT or political ideology. She wants to eliminate administrative positions in order to hire more teachers and increase pay for bus drivers, and she supports school choice and ESAs. She doesn’t have a ton of relevant experience but her heart is definitely in the right place.

Adam Mayberry

Rating: One Star

Communications Manager
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Our assessment: Mayberry doesn’t support political ideology and identity politics and gender ideology and CRT in schools - but he insists that CRT isn’t being taught in WCSD. He wants to get back to basics, reading and math. He wants to eliminate unfunded state mandates. He’s a “law and order” type who supported mask mandates because “it’s the law”, despite not liking them personally. He doesn’t address lockdowns or vax mandates on his campaign website. He wants to throw more money at our government schools. He’s well liked, endorsed by many - including unions, and seems relatively competent.

Graeme Reid

Rating: Three Stars

Lawyer
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Our assessment: Reid favors “no politics in school” and “focusing on the basics”. He wants to audit the WCSD and get rid of “social justice, gender controversy, CRT, SEL, DEI, and eliminate any vendor associated with the same. He opposes “equity” (as opposed to “equality) as it is a “fundamentally communist idea”. He supports “parent’s rights”. He agrees with the BBME Parent Bill of Rights. He took his kids out of school and home-schooled them himself because he hated the mask mandates and social distancing. He believes today’s “anti-racism” is in itself, horribly racist. We agree.

Christopher Hicks

Rating: One Star

District Attorney
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Our assessment: Hicks is the incumbent and is running unopposed. He launched a conviction integrity committee to review post-conviction innocence claims, and public reporting of police shooting details for greater transparency. He also claims to take a more aggressive approach to violent crimes and repeat offenders with fewer plea deals and more jury trials.

Darin Balaam

Rating: Zero Stars

Sheriff
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Our assessment: Darim Balaam is a northern Nevada local, and the son of previous Washoe county sheriff Dennis Balaam. He was elected to his first term in 2019, and as he is running unopposed will be retaining his position. Obviously our big disappointment with Balaam is that he failed to take a real stand against the covid regime, although he doesn’t appear to have been overly eager to enforce it. He’s mostly running on fighting the opioid epidemic and human trafficking, and keeping crime rates low in Washoe.

Board of Regents

Michelee "Shelly" Crawford

Rating: Zero Stars

Principal
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Our assessment: Crawford has a legislative background - she wrote SB352, which was a $10 million bill to “create education opportunities”, and also assisted with the part of the American Recovery Act that provided broadband internet access to rural areas. She was responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion and community outreach initiatives in Nevada’s Air Force National Guard, and served on the Nevada Multicultural Committee task force. She’s “passionate about workforce development”. Her goals include expanding the range of programs available in rural parts of the state.

John Patrick Rice

Rating: One Star

Professor
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Our assessment: Rice is a college professor in fine arts, humanities, and communication. He’s experienced in university administration and local government (Elko). He’s interested in expanding the use of online tech to reach underserved students and bring worldwide educational resources to NSHEs. He is self-described as a “left-leaning moderate”. He appears qualified and oriented towards worthy goals within the current framework of higher education.

Jeffrey Downs

Rating: One Star

Professor
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Our assessment: Downs is a past faculty senate chair for UNR and currently the chief negotiator for the NFA collective bargaining at WNC. He favors expanding apprenticeship programs and partnering with local industry, expanding K-12 dual enrollment, “homegrown teacher” programs, and is running as “peacemaker” between the Nevada Legislature, NSHE, and the Board of Regents. He’s endorsed by a couple unions and the Republican Chamber of Commerce.

He supports school choice and ESA’s for K-12. He believes academic freedom is essential to the university system, and is opposed to the NSHE vax mandates for students and staff, saying that the state imposed “many requirements without evidence of their effectiveness” and noting that the employee mandates exacerbated pre-existing staffing challenges. He says that in his personal life he wants “people to live the life they choose, without imposing on the freedoms and individuality of others”.

Steve Laden

Rating: Negative

Business Executive
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Our assessment: Laden’s top priority for NSHE is funding - he wants more of it from the state, partly to keep costs lower for students. That is the most concrete part of his website - most of it is platitudes. He says that “covid wreaked havoc” and points to budget issues and declining enrollment as the examples of this. He doesn’t draw a distinction between covid and the state response to it, and he also conflates business investment with government investment (one of our pet peeves). He wants to assist first generation college students in particular, and supports the Dean’s Future Scholars Program at UNR as one way to do that. He says that the “harsh reality” is that a student’s zip code is the “greatest determinant of academic success, and unlocking potential”.