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. Peters provided.
Mr. Peters is a Republican. He's running to represent Nevada's 4th Congressional District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I spent more than 20 years in the Air Force providing combat support in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, along with tours in Panama and Korea. During my service I was awarded the Bronze Star. After I retired from the military in 2013, I started a successful small business that earned recognition across the Las Vegas area as being the best in the industry. I am raising a family here in Las Vegas and cannot stand idly by as I watch this state and country be destroyed by left wing progressives.
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 strongly disagree with how state and federal officials responded to the coronavirus outbreak. Elected officials and bureaucratic civilians destroyed the credibility of public health efforts while simultaneously crushing businesses, depriving children of years of school and associated growth opportunities while wastefully spending more than $5 trillion. The government stole liberties of virtually every American by forcing mandates down our throats. Americans should have been allowed to live their lives and been provided recommendations on common sense protective measures such as staying home when you are sick. It is always a free person's right to be able to determine what measures are appropriate for them to take in consultation with their own doctor, not Dr. Fauci. The destroyed economy and runaway inflation we see today is a direct result of the reckless spending Congress authorized in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 don’t believe the federal government has any role to play in local school systems. Federal bureaucrats in Washington don’t know, nor have any interest in knowing, the needs of students in Nevada. The Constitution was written to avoid these types of top down administrative regimes, and congress never should have given authority of schools to the federal government. I support ESA’s and voucher programs. Parents know what is best for their children and school funding should follow students to the school best suited for them. Locally, I believe that the Clark County School District should be broken up into several different districts, thereby returning control to an even more local entity. I was so shocked by the mandates imposed on students during the pandemic that I pulled my kids out of a local Clark County school and began homeschooling them.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
I am a constitutional conservative and a fiscal conservative. I believe in the principles of small government and limited government interference in the lives of citizens. Government should not overburden its citizens with exorbitant taxes. My campaign signs highlight this with the motto: “Less Government, More Liberty, No Mandates”
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 basis of inflation is over regulation, excessive spending, the continued printing of money, and the assumption of debt. The Federal reserve needs to be scrutinized more heavily, including a Congressional audit, and its role in our economy needs to be greatly minimized. The main driver of inflation is reckless government spending, and once I am in Congress I will vigorously oppose all new spending. Lastly, Congress has failed to pass a budget for decades which is a complete dereliction of duty. This needs to change and we need to pass a budget.
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?
Securing our borders. Passing a federal budget. Regaining energy independence.
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?
We must always put America First. Which means getting our own house in order by regaining energy independence, recovering U.S. manufacturing, steel production, medical supply production, and countless other industries of strategic importance to our own security. Here in Nevada we have immense deposits of the rare earth and other minerals, yet we rely on China for these. It is unnecessary. The United States should continue to be the beacon of freedom and liberty in the world, and at the same time a beacon of strength.