Election Guide: Governor
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Candidates for Nevada Governor
Jim Gibbons, Republican
Gubernatorial incumbent Jim Gibbons is focused on three things: economy, energy and education. He supports the proposed high-speed train that would run from Anaheim, Calif. to Las Vegas, saying it “will be an economic boon to our state and will make it easier, faster and cheaper for tourists to stay and play in Southern Nevada.”
On energy: “With an abundance of natural resources within our borders, Nevada can, should, and will be the renewable energy capital of our country. Nevada is at the forefront of producing wind, solar and geothermal power. Nevada, in the near future, will export power to other states and will reap the job opportunities and financial benefits of renewable energy generation.”
On education: “We have many very talented and wonderful teachers in Nevada who do their best to educate our children and young adults daily, but they cannot do it alone. My staff and I are working on programs to educate parents on how to get involved and stay involved in their children’s education and their futures. We must empower parents, school children and educators to transform their schools into places of learning and growth for each and every child.”
Tony Atwood, Republican
Tony Atwood is a Las Vegas real estate investor. He claims to have the knowledge and experience to free Nevada from its economic plight and said access to information he would gain as governor would allow him to further his plan. Atwood said he wants to stay true to his Republican values and plans to avoid making cuts to the state budget, in the interest of maintaining salaries. After purchasing a “fixer-upper” house in Nevada to restore and then sell, Atwood noticed the dire economic situation in Nevada. He seeks to improve the situation by running for governor. Atwood describes himself as having decades of experience in business management and taxation and in real estate and accounting.
Stan Lusak, Republican
Stan Lusak is a retired janitor from Fallon, Nev. Lusak ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 and admitted he was discouraged to find that five times as many voters selected the “none of the above” choice than voted for him. He seeks to restore constitutional law and describes his platform as different from any other candidate’s.
Mike Montadon, Republican
Mike Montadon is a 17-year resident of Nevada. The first Republican ever elected to the office, he served as mayor of North Las Vegas for 12 years. Montadon’s plan for Nevada includes supporting an educated workforce, keeping taxes low and developing an infrastructure that can provide the opportunity for a quality lifestyle. Montadon said that the government cannot create these jobs in the future. He believes jobs are created by the formation of new businesses and the arrival of businesses from other states and countries.
Montadon supports Arizona’s controversial new immigration law and applauds that state’s government for what he sees as its move to protect citizens from the violence pouring over their border from Mexico.
On Yucca Mountain: “It will bring new, high-paying jobs to Nevada. It is not a dump, it is a resource. It will become the leading site in our country for reprocessing and reusing nuclear fuel. Yucca Mountain will employ scientists, engineers and an industry of support personnel. It will create technological advancements through new research and entice even more businesses to our state, helping to secure a bright economic future for Nevada.
Brian Sandoval, Republican
Brian Sandoval became United States District judge for the District of Nevada after an appointment by former president George W. Bush in October 2005, becoming the state’s first Hispanic federal judge.
On education: “I believe we must focus on accountability with consequences and expand opportunities for choice. We should no longer allow salary schedules based on tenure and seniority; instead, we should use pay-for-performance scales. I support school choice, which would allow students to attend another public school or a private school. I support ending the social promotion of our children and expanding empowerment, charter and career and technical schools.”
On immigration: “I oppose amnesty. We must be able to verify that those individuals who work in our country are here legally and are eligible for work. Businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should be held accountable. I believe that we must enforce our laws, secure our borders and respect the efforts of those who have become a citizen through the proper legal process.”
On taxes: “As the only candidate for governor to put forth a plan to help solve our state’s budget crisis without raising taxes, I do not believe in raising taxes. If we plan to compete for new jobs, new industries and a more diverse economy, we must not change our low tax environment in Nevada. This means stopping a corporate income tax in its tracks.”
Fred Conquest, Democrat
Fred Conquest has been a professor of anthropology at the College of Southern Nevada since 1998. He has a doctorate in anthropology and in business administration, along with more than 40 years of business and management experience.
On education: “[I support an education system] based on hands-on training, competitive advantage and 21st-century globalization requirements. By this I mean, the educational system in Nevada needs to be world-class, from kindergarten to graduate school.”
On taxes: “1. It is the job of government to provide the infrastructure that makes it possible for its citizens to survive and prosper.
2. It is not the job of government to help or hinder any business from surviving. The survival of any business should be solely based on the management skills of the owners or managers — individuals or shareholders.
3. That there is a fundamental difference between citizens as people, business owners and corporations. Corporations are creations of the state. People are not.
4. Every citizen, business entity and corporation should be required to pay something to maintain the commons and develop the commons. It is the commons and the skill of the people that makes it possible for ALL citizens and business entities to survive and prosper.”
Rory Reid, Democrat
Lawyer and business executive Rory Reid currently serves as Clark County Commissioner for District G. Reid cites the fact that Clark County’s $6 billion budget is bigger than Nevada’s general fund as part of his credentials. During his seven years on the commission, Reid has contributed to a balanced budget without implementing tax increases, while helping develop a rainy day fund.
On education: “Use test results to be proactive rather than reactive and use data to obtain continual feedback on how students are progressing, to promote improvement throughout the school year. Use modern technology to reduce time spent on testing, like computer programs that allow tests to be individualized as the test progresses. Use this new technology to streamline test reporting, allowing schools, teachers and parents to maximize every day in the classroom.”
On energy he plans to “promote sales tax exemptions on the purchase of ihttp://unlvrebelyell.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpndustrial solar, geothermal, and wind equipment and capitalize a Nevada Energy Independence Fund to establish Nevada’s leadership in clean technology investments.
On the economy he says he will “create jobs now by prioritizing capital spending on immediate job-creating projects; Capitalize a Nevada Energy Fund to establish Nevada’s leadership in clean technology; Forge partnerships between higher education and private industry to develop Nevada’s workforce.”
David Scott Curtis, Green
A native Nevadan, David Scott Curtis attended Valley High School and UNLV. He has a bachelor’s in architecture from Ohio State University and has worked as an architect for more than 20 years.
Curtis supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights.
On the economy, he says “Nevada must create new economic engines that are not dependent solely on tourism. I would start a major partnership with the [Bureau of Land Management] to create more local agriculture.”
On education: We need to redirect 10-20 percent of traditional-path public school students into vocational training. This would take load off the public system. One of the main reasons our system has underperformed is it spent many years scrambling to deal with growth.”
Floyd Fitzgibbons, Independent American
Floyd Fitzgibbons was born in Las Vegas and has lived here for 53 years. He is an IAP Executive Board member, a member of the Nevada Committee for Full Statehood, President of Fitzgibbons & Associates insurance agency and a member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.
On boosting the economy and creating jobs: “Nevada land unconstitutionally claimed by the federal government will be returned to the rightful ownership and control of the State of Nevada. Land will then be auctioned off to individuals and businesses. The revenues generated will immediately solve the financial woes of the State. The sale of the land will bring businesses to Nevada by the thousands creating jobs and fostering prosperity.”
On the Department of Motor Vehicles: “Driver licenses should be issued for life unless suspended or revoked for criminal activities or serious driving violations. No one forgets how to drive. No more absurd drivers license renewals for people with good driving records! Insurance companies can request vision tests for older drivers, etc. No more smog test hassles. Cars that visually smoke will be subject to citation. Road construction and repair revenue can be obtained by invoicing Nevada vehicle title holders.”
Arthur Lampitt Jr., Libertarian
Arthur Lampitt Jr. holds a bachelor’s in computer science with a minor in mathematics from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. For the last 20 years, he served as an IT management consultant to large corporations and government entities.
In an open letter to Nevada citizens, Lampitt said, “Our campaign seeks achieving prosperity through individual freedom. Many of our fiscal, educational, criminal and social ills stem from our dominant two-party system, with each party forcing their respective values and fears upon us. Through the use of legislation, they criminalize any view that runs counter to their own and through taxes force us to support it.”
Lampitt believes that his party’s views are conducive to keeping taxes low, restoring freedom and keeping government out of our classrooms, bedrooms and hospital rooms. He supports reducing the size of government, low taxes, divorce reform, education reform, marijuana reform, affordable health care and equal rights for young adults eighteen and over.
Lampitt said, “I will also work with the other 49 governors to prohibit the federal government from ignoring the 10th Amendment, which states that all power not delegated to the federal government is reserved by the states and the people.”
Gino DiSimone, Independent
Gino DiSimone is a Navy veteran and has received honors ranging from letters of commendation to a Meritorious Service Award. He is an engineer and inventor with more than 15 years of corporate and executive experience. He most recently negotiated and managed over $250,000 in business and contracts per year.
DiSimone plans to eliminate speed limits. By implementing a system where drivers pay a certain amount of money each day for the privilege to drive as fast as they want, DiSimone believes Nevada will enjoy an influx of income.
The plan centers around the large tourism expected to be attracted by such a law.
He plans to have no taxes for all businesses that have gross sales of $100,000 or less, and supports no state taxes for all new businesses in Nevada for their first two years.
DiSimone wants to significantly reduce college costs and subsidize college education, increase teachers’ and state employees’ salaries.
He wants to purchase musical instruments for middle and high schools, upgrade middle and high school laboratory equipment and buildings, invest in renewable energy and fund university research. DiSimone says he would build and staff more community centers with gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools and build aqueducts to expand Nevada farming.
Aaron Honig, Independent
Honig was born in Buffalo, New York, and his family moved to Las Vegas in 1978. He went to Tomiyasu Elementary School, Cannon Junior High School and Chaparral High School. While at UNLV, he was assistant director of the CSUN Elections Board and a finalist for the Student Ambassador Program. Honig worked his way through school and after graduating from UNLV, worked in a casino, insurance and shipping industries. Honig is currently a teacher.
He wants to fund education fully and separate money for education from the state’s general fund. He aims to diversity the job market by promising tax incentives that are equal to or greater than incentives offered in other states.
He wants to establish a fair progressive income tax for corporations doing business in Nevada and provide more state assistance for low- and fixed-income seniors.
Honig said he would continue support for veterans’ programs, utilize Nevada’s solar and wind power to make the state a broker of alternative energy and establish a state lottery.
He wants accountability for all elected officials and is against raising state sales tax and DMV registration fees.