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. Deaville provided.
Mr. Deaville is a Republican. He's running to represent Nevada's 37th Assembly District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
My name is Jacob Deaville. I was born and raised here in Las Vegas to a construction family. We were hit hard by the recession, and I got to work at a young age recycling steel and selling trees. I graduated from Faith Lutheran High School and then received a bachelors degree from UNLV. During the pandemic, to ensure my own individual liberty and not be compelled by the government and employer into mandates, I started my own structural steel business. It’s time that we put Nevada before politics. That we make the hard decisions that benefit the people here rather than the political dramas we are experiencing.
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?
No government should have the ability to: determine what individual or business is essential, shut down businesses, shut down places of worship, prevent the free movement of individuals, mandate medical decisions/masks, or have open ended emergency powers. The people of Nevada should have been notified of the risks of COVID-19 and allowed each individual/business to determine what steps to take to ensure their safety/wellbeing.
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?
First, I want to implement a full independent, forensic audit of CCSD to find out how the money is being spent and to hold those accountable for any fraud and abuse.
The money must follow the student. Parents should have the decision-making power in where their child attends school and what they learn. That can be private, public, homeschool, charter school, career & technical, or any type of educational institution that will promote competition and student success. Whether we do that through a voucher system like ESA’s or something new, it needs to be done for the future students of Nevada.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
The government does not grant our rights but recognizes them. Our state and country must value the individual liberty and allow people to live their life as they see fit. Any efforts to restrict our individual freedom must be resisted.
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 simply should stop printing and spending so much money. This reckless spending must be reeled in. America is straddling every citizen with unfunded liabilities that we will have to answer for in the coming years. It truly is a travesty. People should be free from burdensome tax so that they can enjoy the fruits of their labor and grow economic opportunity.
What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
- Reel in out-of-control government spending and burdensome governmental fees.
- Restrict the emergency powers of the governor.
- Push for school choice and parental rights.
- Ensure Nevada’s access to water.
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?
Unions like the teachers’ and culinary unions are some of the largest special interests in the state. These groups have pushed for policy that directly undercuts the best interests of our state. We need a champion who can stand up for common sense business policies and limited government principles.