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. Becker provided.
Ms. Becker is a Republican. She's running to represent Nevada's 3rd Congressional District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I've lived in Las Vegas for 30 years and raised my family here. I am a mother, grandmother, and small business owner. As a working mom, I put myself through law school at UNLV and became a top-rated litigator in Las Vegas. I have been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star, and was inducted into the pro-bono hall of fame for my legal aid to those in need. I also serve on the UNLV Libraries Advisory Board and the Meadows School Board of Trustees.
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 Gov. Sisolak and state officials' decision to shut down our state. I feel this was an overreach of executive authority and did great harm to our state's economy. This affected me and my family personally, as we were forced to shut down our restaurants and bars across the city or face steep fines from the state. Moreover, we found it extremely difficult to staff our restaurants following the shutdown due to the increased federal unemployment benefits. I feel that the Governor should have avoided any mandates on employers, as deeming a business essential or non-essential is outside his scope of authority.
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 am a strong supporter of school choice policies, including education savings accounts. Districts where school choice programs have been implemented have historically been successful in reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates. It is problematic that we mandate a student attend a school that they are zoned into without flexibility. Programs like ESA's and opportunity scholarships help our most at-risk students, and the primary function of our school system should be to educate our kids and prepare them for college, trade schools, or the workforce.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
I consider myself to be conservative and a fervent believer in limited government, fiscal responsibility, and non-interventionism. Our country cannot continue to engage in endless conflicts overseas while racking up our national debt to unfathomable levels at home. That debt is owned by our children, and it is extremely irresponsible for the government to leave that behind for future generations. Meanwhile, my opponent has voted to expand the government whenever possible.
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?
I believe that to solve the problem of inflation, we must stop pumping money into the economy. Under my opponent’s watch, Nevada has been decimated by inflation. When elected, I will fight wasteful spending and do all I can to cut the deficit.
What would be your top priorities in Congress? What issues are most important to you, and what issues do you believe are politically achievable in the near term?
My top priorities in Congress would be to tackle inflation by reducing spending, cut gas prices by promoting domestic energy production, and work to build an economy that expands trade and vocational schools and cuts red tape for small businesses.
Please describe your views on foreign policy, specifically with regards to the Middle East, Russia, and China. What role should the United States play in world affairs?
I do not believe we should rush into foreign entanglements because of the toll it takes on our soldiers and our budget. I do believe that China is our greatest adversary on a global scale. By improving our supply chain, we can lessen the impact China has on our economy, so we are not held hostage by China or any hostile nation during a global crisis. Clearly, Russia wants to regain their Cold War status, but by gaining energy independence, we can lessen their leverage, and that of the Middle East, on our country.