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. Cunningham provided.
Mr. Cunningham is a Libertarian. He's running to represent Nevada's 10th Senate District.
Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?
I've lived in Las Vegas for 5 years and have successfully run an insurance agency and consulting business, which is a similar background to the incumbent who works within the healthcare industry. I am not a career politician, but I also have spent over 5 years as a professional in the media space - most recently as an e-sports commentator.
Prior to my time in competitive e-sports, I was a producer for Scott Brown in Massachusetts, a Republican state senator and learned rapidly about politics on a state level. I hope to apply the same drive and ethic that I do for my business and e-sports ventures to politics and disrupt the status quo that the duopoly has left us in.
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?
While I am all for taking preventative measures for the overall safety and well-being of high risk individuals and all Nevadans, it is very clear that the state dropped the ball with their official "emergency" response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Having two waves of mask mandates not only crippled the economy, but science was starting to show that mask mandates were not as effective as they could have been, if at all.
I still recall working as a contractor for the e-sports arena in the Luxor and having to go through tests and temperature checks to walk into the casino. It was an eerie feeling when the lights were all off but the PA was still playing music in the darkness. I'll never forget that moment, as it represents how Nevadans were essentially left in the dark to fend for themselves and their financial wellbeing during uncertain times.
The state should have allowed businesses to determine if they were "essential" or not and empower them to put their own rules in place for how they wanted to run their operations. Sisolak and others at the top of the food chain are directly responsible for ruining the lives of entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state.
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?
First, I think we need to overhaul the entire Clark County School District and potentially audit the spending to see where the money is going. Every district is going to have different nuances and demands for various improvements, so that is a great starting point. I do support School Choice, like Steve Sisolak. He states “All kids are entitled to a quality education, and they shouldn’t be discriminated against based on their parent’s bank account or their ZIP code.”
I have conducted focus groups with several high school students and have learned that there are distinct differences in schools just 15 miles or so across the valley and have noticed a variety of inconsistencies when it comes to our bottom rank in nationwide education. School Choice is a topic I will fight for within our district, if elected.
Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?
I am a firm believer in the non-aggression principle, limited government, free markets, and supporter of individual liberties.
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?
Two major things need to happen to mitigate inflation. First, the Federal Reserve needs to be abolished, and secondly, the Republicrats in charge need to stop manipulating the market, which backfires. Corporations recently in the automobile industry have been taking advantage of government subsidies and have been altering their pricing, which has resulted in an adverse reaction than what was intended by the government.
What would be your top priorities in the Nevada state legislature?
My top priorities would be easing occupational licensing costs and focusing on a free market healthcare system to entice new providers to lower the cost of health insurance across the state.
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?
There are several dark money PACs that act as the invisible hand in elections all across the country. In my local race alone, there are several casinos and major telecom corporations that are backing the incumbent in an attempt to sway legislative positioning or simply just "buying him out". While some special interest groups may have a positive influence, it should be made clear to voters who (or what corporations) are specifically funding candidates in a given election.