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 Ms. Rodriguez-Elkins provided.
Ms. Rodriguez-Elkins is a Republican. She's running to represent Nevada's 30th Assembly District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I am the Managing Director of Commercial Services at Keller Williams Group One, Inc. I have been transacting commercial real estate for +15 years. I entered commercial real estate through my involvement with the charter school movement in the mid 1990’s as I helped to find appropriate buildings for these new types of public schools. I was one of a handful of moms and individuals who worked to bring the charter school law to Nevada over two legislative sessions. I also advocated for the improvement of the law over the next two sessions. After the passage of the law, I was encouraged to run for Assembly by Senators Raggio, Rawson and others, but we had just birthed charter schools and I chose to spend the next 10+ years helping to start several of Nevada’s charter schools including Coral Academy of Science, High Desert Montessori, Sierra Nevada Academy, Sierra Crest Academy, and others. I am familiar with the legislative process, the time commitment, and the dedication to serve it will require.
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 vehemently disagree with the measures taken by governmental officials in response to COVID. For two years state and local governments across the country sought to restrict the behavior and movement of private citizens in ways that many of us could not have imagined even a year ago. Under the guise of the COVID pandemic, religious gatherings and freedom of assembly were restricted, our right to travel was infringed, we were locked down and quarantined, our businesses were closed, our property misappropriated, we were denied the right to refuse medical treatment, forced to be vaccinated to keep jobs, forced to wear masks, and required to disclose our private medical information. When elected, I will stand up in defense of individual rights, fight for the right of all businesses to operate freely, and ensure that all medically available therapeutics are easily available.
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?
For years, Nevada has been at the top of the list of the least educated states in American. In a recent analysis conducted by Scholaroo, Nevada ranks as the second least educated state behind Oklahoma. I believe that parents have a fundamental right to make decisions concerning their children’s upbringing, education, health, and care. Parents should be encouraged to be actively involved in their children’s school and educational progress. I absolutely support school choice in a variety of forms; public schools, charter schools, private schools, cottage schools, homeschools, etc. When elected, I will work to ensure our children receive a quality education, parental rights are protected, there are a variety of schools parents can choose from based on the needs of their child using funds that follow the child, public schools are fiscally accountable, and quality educators are appreciated.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
My political philosophy leans toward constitutional conservative. I strongly value individual freedom, private property rights, and limited government. I believe in fiscal conservatism, lower taxes, free market capitalism, and deregulation of corporations. I recognize that protecting individual liberties in a democratic community requires a balance and sometimes necessitates compromise to provide a diverse people to live together peacefully.
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?
Inflation in Nevada is 21 percent higher than the national rate. All the money that was pumped into the economy and policies that lead to out-of-control government spending, borrowing, burdensome regulations, and economic barriers are fueling the higher costs we are all experiencing.
The cost of gas and food impacts all of us but especially vulnerable populations and small businesses. In order to curtail inflation, we must end wasteful spending, remove stifling regulations, and promote efficiency and innovation in oil and gas production at the same time we are investing in the development of renewable energy resources.
What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
My top priorities are ensuring a quality education for all of Nevada’s children, safeguarding Nevada citizens’ civil liberties, protecting our second amendment rights, and securing the integrity of our elections.
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?
Gaming and Tourism – The gaming industry provides thousands of jobs and supports our economy. It allows the state to forgo collecting state personal and corporate taxes resulting in a lower tax burden and greater economic freedom.
Education – The Nevada State Education Association, Washoe County Teachers Association and Clark County Teachers Association all have strong lobbies that chronically pursue higher funding with no accountability, limiting school choice options, closing schools and requiring students to wear masks unnecessarily.