Questionnaire Responses

Joshua Lemack 

We reached out to just about every candidate that we ranked with a questionnaire specific to the office they are running for. Here are the answers Mr. Lemack  provided.

Mr. Lemack  is a Republican. He's running to represent Nevada's 3rd Assembly District.

Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?

I am not a career politician. I am a businessman and real estate agent. I want to make our state more business friendly and have seen what our state does to make businesses jump through hoops to get into business and stay in business. I want to fix this.

Do you agree or disagree with the measures taken by state officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What do you think should have been done or done differently?

Nevada never should have shut down. It is not the government’s job to decide who is essential and who is not. The same goes for medical decisions. Let people decide if they want a vaccine or not.

Many voters are unhappy with our public school system. What policies or actions would you prescribe to repair or replace the existing system? Do you support “school choice” policies such as educational savings accounts? Why or why not?

Nevada is consistently ranked in the bottom 20% in the nation for public education. Ways we can help improve education is to give options to parents for school choice. This includes scholarship tax credits, savings accounts, vouchers, charter schools, magnet schools, home schooling, inter-district enrollment, and online learning.

Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?

I am a constitutionalist. I believe in personal freedom. My oath is to the constitution of Nevada, the United States, and the people it was designed to serve.

Many voters are concerned about inflation and its impact. What could be done at the state or national level to address the root causes of inflation or mitigate its impact on the public?

At the state level we can cut spending, balance the budget, and pay off our debts. Put more money in the pocket of the people by cutting the gas tax to zero permanently. As for the federal government it needs to stop spending money on useless programs and endless wars.

What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
  1. Many business licenses are needed in Nevada. I would like to pass a bill that would allow for city, county, and state licenses to all be due on the same day, using a single system to help accelerate the process and save businesses owner’s time. As well as have a cap on business license pricing.
  2. School choice.
  3. Voter ID Laws.
Who or what are the largest political special interests in Nevada, and which of these do you see as having a positive or negative influence?

The culinary union has a big influence on our state. It represents over 60,000 workers. It endorsed Steve Sisolak for Governor in 2018. Yet Sisolak shut down restaurants and businesses in our state during the covid 19 pandemic. The culinary union has the power to make change for their workers and endorse pro-business political candidates if it wants to see positive change.