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. Morgan provided.
Mr. Morgan is a Libertarian. He's running to represent Nevada's 5th Assembly District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
Let me preface this by saying, I am not a politician. As a blue-collar worker in facilities management and residential building engineering for thirty plus years, I understand the plight of the working man and woman. I know what it feels like firsthand to have to live paycheck to paycheck. I know what it feels like to struggle to make ends meet in our current economy with its spiraling out-of-control inflation. I know all too well how difficult it is to have a two-income family, yet still struggle to pay rent or a mortgage, pay high utility bills, buy gas, and put food on the table.
During my career, I have had to create streamlined budgets and justify expenses to run luxury high rises and stay within the constraints of corporate management. I am not afraid to speak up and out to whomever I need to in order to improve the current state of Nevada’s working class. Nevada needs to adjust its cost of living to align with its workers, especially those in the service industry who can barely afford to survive.
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?
When the “powers that be” began determining which businesses were essential versus which had to immediately shutter their doors, the backlash was disastrous to small business owners and local companies. Lives were damaged and Nevadans lives and dreams were shattered. Many businesses never recovered and remain shuttered to this day.
Wearing a mask and getting vaccinated divided us as a state, as a people. Fear mongering was rampant and anyone not wanting to buy into it was ridiculed and shamed. Receiving the vaccine should have been a choice. The “My Body My Choice” campaign seemed to no longer apply when it came to vaccines.
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?
Increase teacher salaries so they are more in line with other professions. Teachers are expected to have advanced degrees like doctors and lawyers, and subsequently, need to be paid and treated as professionals. We need to offer state-funded teacher preparation programs, so aspiring teachers from all socio-economic levels are afforded with the opportunity to be a professional and join the profession.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
My principles are simple: Stop Government Overreach! We do not need to be a Nanny state! The government needs to govern, not control.
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?
As an assembly member, I would support my fellow party members and any reasonable legislation to mitigate rising inflation levels.
What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
- To make Nevada and its cities, specifically Vegas, to be a more livable city especially for our service industry – which is whom we rely on to survive.
- To ensure our police force has the necessary means to keep our city safe so that it doesn’t fall to its knees as other blue cities across the country have done over the past few years.
- To protect our gun rights in the state so we don’t follow California’s lead in this matter.
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 Gaming Commission – positive – it’s the bread and butter of our state.
- Service Industry workers and unions – positive – they are the backbone of our economy.