Questionnaire Responses

Andy Matthews

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. Matthews provided.

Mr. Matthews is a Republican. He's running to be Nevada's next Controller.

Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?

I served as President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, Nevada's leading government watchdog organization that promotes individual liberty, limited government, and government transparency. I have championed those principles in my current role as Nevada's state Assemblyman from District 37, and I will continue to fight for them as our next state Controller.

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 believe the unilateral, heavy-handed actions taken by Governor Sisolak went much too far in curtailing liberty, and undermined the rights of Nevada's citizens, workers, and business owners to take the steps that they believed were necessary to protect themselves and their families.

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 big supporter of school choice, and fought tirelessly for that cause as President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute. I believe that competition produces excellence, and giving parents the freedom to choose which school their child will attend is the best way to improve educational quality in Nevada. In particular, I support Education Savings Accounts, charter schools, Opportunity Scholarships, and the rights of home schoolers.

Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?

Government exists first and foremost to protect our liberties. We do not derive our rights from government. Our rights pre-exist government, and we form governments for the purpose of safeguarding them.

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?

Out-of-control spending by government at all levels is driving inflation and the ensuing financial pain that so many of our citizens are now experiencing. If we're going to rein in inflation, we have to stop the reckless spending.

How does our state perform in combating waste and fraud? How could we improve?

Unfortunately, our state does not do well in combatting waste and fraud. That stems from several causes, one of which is a lack of transparency in how and where our tax dollars are being spent. I've made increasing transparency my No. 1 priority as our next state Controller, as I believe that the best way to combat waste is to first expose it.