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. Davis provided.
Mr. Davis is a Libertarian. He's running to be Nevada's next Governor.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
My background has shaped every aspect of my personal values. I was born into a blue-collar family of factory workers, was at one time homeless in my childhood, and attended public schools most of my life. I was never handed anything and learned from a young age how important it is to work hard and fight for everything you have.
I’ve been fortunate to build a successful career in the marketing & advertising industry, becoming CEO of the Las Vegas-based firm MNGR. I’m also part owner in several other small businesses in Nevada and know what it takes to lead people, manage an organization from the bottom up, and do what’s right to keep a company operating successfully.
I’ve always supported Libertarian principles, and in the State of Nevada I’ve helped to grow the Libertarian Party of Nevada to its largest in 40 years. As Elections Committee Director of the LPNV, I support and mentor liberty-loving candidates who are ready and eager to serve Nevadans like you.
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 and if elected will work in every capacity to implement time limits on emergency declarations signed by the Governor. I think closing the state legislature building to the public, closing our schools, and mandating private business closures was an atrocity. I would have allowed businesses and individuals to make decisions for themselves, period.
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 have been an outspoken advocate for school choice for a long time now. I support ESAs, Vouchers, expanding Charters and Microschools, and breaking apart both CCSD and WCSD. I believe breaking down the school districts creates better outcomes for students, creates more accountability for admin, and reduces cases of wasteful spending.
I believe expanding options outside the public system creates a competitive market which will allow both the public and private sectors to provide better experiences and results for our kids.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
My personal principles are based on libertarian, humanistic, and objectivist philosophies. My political principles are based on that of the Libertarian Party platform.
When faced with a situation or decision, I always start with: “Is it cooperation, or coercion? Will this action or decision be voluntary and helpful, or forced and detrimental? I also come from a place of empathy. If we as humans are not able to put ourselves in another’s shoes, we are operating blindly.
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?
At the state level, repealing (or reducing) taxes is a start. We could also remove existing barriers that currently hinder business to create a more robust market, in effect driving prices down. On the national level, they should stop printing money and giving handouts. Increase interest rates and allow inflation to decrease. I personally think we should end the Fed, full stop...but baby steps to get there I suppose.
Under what circumstances should a governor use their emergency executive powers? In what way should those powers be limited?
Natural disasters (earthquakes, storms, floods, fires, etc..) and invasions. That’s it, period. And they should have time limits based on the actual emergency.
As governor, what would your budgetary priorities be? What are your thoughts on our current taxing and spending environment?
My budgetary priorities are to reduce and/or repeal taxes and reduce wasteful spending. Nevada doesn’t have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Our state is one of the worst in the US in spending, welfare dependency, and unemployment. Our PEBP and PERS programs are mismanaged and over-bloated. Prevailing wage rates are 60% above the market on a weighted-average basis. Expenditures should never exceed revenues, and I will work to make sure wasteful spending isn’t a burden on Nevada taxpayers.