Where I Stand
In a time of crisis, our schools need all the champions they can get.
I have previously served as a public school teacher, ensuring that my students received the tools they need to succeed in life. I have a sense of what works in our schools – and what doesn’t. As the father of children in our public schools, I understand what parents want, what students need, and how teachers must balance both with few resources.
That’s why I am running for State Senate. I want to ensure that our children have the best opportunities possible. As a former teacher and coach, I know that there is nothing more important than shaping the future of the next generation. As your State Senator, I will fight for what is right for our children and their future. I believe that we have a moral responsibility to leave our State in better shape for our children and their children.
I am running for State Senate, but I am first and foremost a father and a member of this community. I promise that every time I make a vote, I will do so with the intent to make your family, and mine, proud. And I believe you deserve to know where I stand.
Investing in Education
It goes without saying that our State's educational system needs improvement. We need leaders with both the practical know-how and political will to address our State's educational challenges, which includes an acknowledgement that our current approach to education is not working. We must also have real dialogue about teacher performance, parental involvement, and student responsibility. As a former educator, and as a parent, I know all too well that addressing only one of these factors to the exclusion of the others will never effect positive change for our kids.
But our State's educational system does not stop in the 12th grade; it includes several public colleges and universities that are essential for our future. These institutions also educate, train, and re-train our workforce, a workforce upon which businesses rely. I believe that if we are going to put “education first,” we must view our educational system and our economy as inextricably intertwined.
When elected, I will take my previous teaching experience and personal commitment to Carson City and work to improve our State's educational system. Our children and our families deserve it.
Getting Nevada’s Economy Back on Track
Another of our priorities must be to restore our State's economy and put Nevadans back to work. With our staggering unemployment rate, it is clear that we must explore new and innovative ways to induce our current businesses to hire and to encourage additional businesses to choose Nevada as their home so that Nevadans can get back to work. I support incentives to accomplish both of these goals. I will bring small businesses to the table to make sure they are part of the decisions affecting them.
Most importantly, it is time we reinvest in our future. If Nevada is going to prosper once again, we need to ensure that Nevada’s next generation has the education necessary to compete. Only in this way can we expect our current businesses to employ Nevadans. And only in this way can we expect businesses to relocate to, and invest in, our State; they must know that Nevada has a workforce that can fulfill their employment needs.
Building a Green Economy
Nevada is rich in renewable resources that remain underutilized. Our endless sunny days, expansive geothermal resources, and powerful wind capacity make the race to being the Nation’s leader in renewable-energy production a race that is Nevada’s to lose. Investing in a new green economy will not only ensure that we leave this State, and our planet, in a better shape than we found it, but it will put Nevadans back to work. While recent strides have been made, there is so much more we can do.
Once elected, I will work to enact legislation that will enable businesses currently engaged in energy development in our State do so better and more efficiently. I will also work to attract new businesses interested in our natural resources – businesses that hire Nevadans and invest in our State. We can benefit from the energy-development industry, but we must first position ourselves for this benefit. I will work to do that.