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. Tedoff provided.
Mr. Tedoff is a Libertarian. He's running to represent Nevada's 37th Assembly District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I graduated college in 1988 with a degree in communications. After graduating I worked as a paralegal for 8 years before deciding to go to graduate school to become a special education teacher. I worked as a special education teacher in NYC for two years before moving to Nevada, where I continued to teach for 10 more years. During this time I also went to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in special education at UNLV. Once I graduated I continued my studies and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I have been practicing in Las Vegas as a BCBA treating children with autism since 2011. Some of my qualifications for this position include my intimate understanding of public education, my business experience, and my love for G_d and country.
One of the most pressing issues citizens are faced with today is the content of curriculum being taught today in public schools. Parents have become concerned over public school curriculum that sexualizes children, introduces them to, and encourages them to explore, alternative lifestyles that are not in alignment with traditional family values; and curriculum that teaches racism in the guise of equity. No other candidate in my race has the intimate knowledge about education in Nevada that I do. I have a Ph.D. in special education from UNLVand have taught in the Clark County School District for 10 years. Those credentials and experience make me the most qualified candidate in my race to address issues concerning public education. Further, I have owned and operated a clinical practice serving the autism community in Nevada since 2011. During this time my practice has employed hundreds of Nevadans. My experience in successfully running a business demonstrates my organizational and management skills. It has also taught me invaluable lessons about how regulation and taxation affects the prosperity of small businesses. Last, My love of G_d and country ensures that I will only make legislative decisions that support traditional family values and are mindful of how tax dollars are spent.
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 wholeheartedly disagree with measures taken by Nevada State officials in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Frankly, I think that the government response to the pandemic should have been limited to disseminating 'accurate' information and providing advice for those that wanted to heed that advice. In a truly free society individuals would be free to make their own decisions about whether or not they wanted to quarantine, or take other measures, to prevent themselves from becoming ill. This would be possible if their government provided them with accurate information. During the Covid-19 Pandemic government and big tech colluded (Facism) to control information. The only purpose for controlling information is to control behavior. That government controlled information during the pandemic is a clear demonstration that they were acting for its own benefit and not for the benefit of those they supposedly serve; and is one example illustrating the fact that our government, in its current form, is broken.
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?
They should be; Nevada ranks 49 out of 50 in the country.
The school districts in Nevada should be broken up so there are many localized school districts. Thos school districts should be funded by the tax dollars collected from that locality. The members of the school board should be the parents of children who attend those schools and the professionals (e.g., superintendent) they hire. Moreover, each district should develop its own curriculum as long as that curriculum meets national accreditation standards.
School Choice allows public education funds to follow students to the schools or services that best fits their needs. This can be a public school, private school, charter school, or home school. This may not be the most effective model to improve education in my view.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
I am a constitutionalist. I believe the constitution should be administered as written to the letter. I understand that our constitution is the product of centuries of Western philosophical thought on the human condition, and the natural rights thereof, in relation to governance of civil society. That the constitution prescribes a form of governance where individual freedom, liberty, and privacy is valued above all else. That individuals must take responsibility for themselves in their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness; and in doing so must not encroach on their neighbor's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Additionally, individuals should have an absolute freedom of association. Individuals should be free to engage in any mutually agreeable relationship with their neighbors without government interference. Finally, because the role of government in our lives should be very small, the amount of money necessary to run such a government should also be small. Thus, taxation should be at its very minimum. The average tax rate in colonial America was 1 -1.5%; there was no income tax, no corporate tax, and no payroll tax. Most services were paid for through tariffs. We should return to such a system that respects the earnings of its citizens.
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?
First, we need to reduce spending. Government funded programs should be identified for elimination and the staff that administer those programs should be permanently furloughed. Second, we need to identify where money is being wasted through poor oversight and poor stewardship; a strict accounting of all public funds should be maintained and published regularly. Last, we should start to pay down our debts. In sum, we should clean up our collective financial house just as we would clean up our individual financial house if our finances got out of control; good old fashioned fiscal prudence.
What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
When elected to the Nevada state legislature I intend on identifying laws and regulations that do not serve the public interest and propose that those laws and regulations be rescinded. In addition, I plan to review how all tax dollars are being spent, and to identify ways to reduce waste and spending. Last, I will represent the interests of my constituents, and only my constituents' concerns and interests; I have no big money donors to answer to.
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 think it's obvious that the largest political special interest in Nevada is the gaming industry. While their interests may not always seem like they are in alignment with the general public, I can recognize that Las Vegas and Reno, a large draw for Nevada, would likely not have the same economic activity in the absence of this industry. Thus, I think the benefits to Nevada for having this special interest are greater than the drawbacks.