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. Hibbetts provided.
Mr. Hibbetts is a Republican. He's running to represent Nevada's 13th Assembly District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I was born and raised in Las Vegas. I have lived in my district for almost 18 years. I recently retired from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department after more than 27 years at the rank of Sergeant. During my career I routinely interacted with government agencies at the local, state, tribal and federal levels. During my last assignment, in addition to other duties, I was responsible for review of proposed legislative changes at the state level. I would review the bill drafts and author a position paper if favor of, opposed to, or neutral to certain subject matters. Throughout my career I was the end user of state law and understand the importance of getting it right the first time, and effects on the populace.
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?
I disagreed with the measures taken by the state during the pandemic. The state had no business deciding which businesses and industries must shut down and which could stay open. They also had no authority to mandate masks or vaccines for anyone. Those are decisions that should be left to the individual. The authority for the governor to declare an unending state of emergency must be removed and oversite returned to the people’s house.
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?
I would enforce AB469 which takes the decision-making power from the CCSD administration and gives it to the principles of the schools. I do support school choice and educational savings accounts. The money should follow the student, not the school. Children must be able to escape failing schools. Your zip code should not determine your educational opportunities.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
The government is there to serve the people. Other than that, it should get out of the way. When I became a police officer I swore an oath to the Constitution of the State of Nevada, and the Constitution of the United States of America. That is an oath I take very seriously and has guided me throughout my career. It will continue to guide me in the legislature.
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?
The government should not be deciding which businesses and industries are “too big to fail.” The free-market economy will decide for itself what is and is not economically viable. Competition will drive down prices and with-it inflation.
What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
- Constitutional Rights
- Public Safety
- K-12 Education
- Economic Diversity
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?
I feel each of these industries have a positive influence. Both want fair rules, and open competition. They ask for open dialogue and common sense regulation where regulation is needed.