INTRODUCTION

Thank you for visiting my website.  Before I tell you about my background, I want you to know that I am not a politician, and many of you are much more qualified than I am to run for office.  I just happen to be in a position in my life where I am financially able to run because I am retired.  There isn’t any money to be made in state political offices, and you certainly could not support a family with any of the elected state political offices.  Unlike many states, in Nevada people elected to the state legislature work for a small stipend, it is a rewarding community service that provides an opportunity to make life better for Nevada working families.

MY STORY

I was born and raised in a small city in Minnesota.  My father left us when I was too young to remember him, though he did play a more active role in my life, as I got older.  My mother, my younger sisters, and I had to move in with our grandparents who were still supporting children of their own that had not yet completed high school.  My grandfather worked at Wilson’s Meat Packing Plant, he was a Union member and a solid Democrat.  Were it not for the Union he would not have had the income to support his own family and the five of us.

We were poor and my mother received government assistance, they paid her to attend a trade school so that she could obtain a job.  She received welfare, and I remember sneaking to the lunchroom to get my free lunch coupons.  I remember sweeping barbershop floors for change when I was too young for a paper route.

I remember having to choose between having a paper route and being able to participate in sports.  When I turned 16, I worked two part-time jobs to pay for my car.  At 17, I dropped out of high school and joined the Air Force so that I would have the G.I. Bill Education benefit to pay for college.  I finished high school while stationed in Germany and completed my first college degree before retiring from the Air Force.

I ended up staying in the Air Force for 24 years because I did not know what I wanted to do when I got out.  After my military retirement, I joined the federal workforce and continued to work on other degrees.  I retired from federal service in March of 2016 in order to run for Nevada Assembly District 23.

Like many people in the military, it pulled me to the right, and I was a Rightwing Republican for a while.  The Republicans let us fight and bought us toys, while the Democrats always wanted to negotiate a peaceful solution to world problems.  I was ignorant of political ideologies at that time in my life.  It is when we become older and wiser we realize that the Democrats had the more sensible solutions.

The Democrats are the more compassionate party, the ones that champion equal rights for all people, the ones that fight discrimination, and the ones that care about the struggles of the working class.  The Republican Party is a self-centered party, a party of individual responsibility and freedom from contributing to the good of society as a whole.  Republicans fought against Social Security and Medicare, and to this day try to undermine and eventually eliminate these programs (when you hear the word privatize, it means to get the government out of it).

The Republicans have also spent a lot of money over the past 40-50 years marketing themselves as the “Christian Party” although a close look at their politics should set off red flags in the mind of any Christian familiar with the teachings of Christ.  Ernest Hemingway once said, “Every man [and woman] should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside.”  What happened to feed the poor, heal the sick, care for the elderly, and provide care for the refugee and the immigrant?

My built-in crap detector finally started working following the 2008 election.  The conservative efforts to demonize President Obama prompted me to start fact checking information sent over the Internet and over Fox News.  Yes, back then I only listened to Fox News.  However, even though I was actually still voting a Republican ticket in 2008, I could not help but feel proud of my country for electing it’s first Black President, my eyes might have even got just a little watery.  An added plus was that I had been advocating a single payer universal healthcare system since I gave my speech on it while attending the Noncommissioned Officer Academy in 1991.  My dream of affordable health care might finally come true.

When I started fact-checking and discovered the lies, and misrepresentations of the truth, demonization of the first president in almost 20 years that was championing the universal healthcare that I had dreamed of, I was increasingly angry.  I do not know if I was more upset over being deceived, or upset about not being smart enough to realize it sooner.  I finally stopped watching Fox News, hard to watch a station that you cannot trust without fact checking for the rest of the story.

As for the Republican Christians serving in Congress, Google “Senate passes torture ban despite Republican opposition.”  The so-called “Republican Christian Party” had approved torture during the Bush administration.  Almost everyone is familiar with “Water Boarding,” but if you really want to read how sick and twisted people can be, read about “Rectal Feeding” or a “Nutrient Enema.”  But hey, the people being tortured were not White and were not Christian, so I guess they can rationalize that it was okay.

I have watched as the Republicans have tried to destroy labors unions, and with that, the middle class will eventually disappear.  You do not have to belong to a union to realize the benefits that the unions have brought to society (40-hour weeks, overtime compensation, safe working conditions, fair pay, and etc.).  I have watched the Republicans as they have poisoned houses of worship, turning religion into something dark, hateful, and sinister.

This past year we have watched as the Republicans have embraced a candidate that gives holocaust survivors frightening memories of the rise of Adolf Hitler.  Trump ran a campaign of fear, and hate, and intolerance, and bigotry.  Watching Trump on the campaign trail, you would have thought you were watching a movie about the politics of a third world country.

I am not interested in politics beyond the state level, or for now, beyond the next four years, but I want to do whatever I can to help, if only at the state level.  The Republicans passed some bad legislation after they took over the state legislature following the last midterm elections.  The “Education Savings Accounts” is just one example.  Older laws that need to be repealed include the “Right to Work” for less.

The state minimum wage must be increased!  Many people in our state are working for exploitation or predatory wages, which I define as a 40-hour wage that does not even cover their rent, food, and transportation expenses.  Everyone deserves a fair and livable wage.  I do not know all the fine deals about all the legislation the Republicans passed in the 2015 legislative session when Republicans were in control of the state legislature, but I am willing to join forces with other Democrats to repeal bad legislation and pass a progressive Democrat agenda.

It is important that we enter the next legislative session with a super majority, a veto-proof majority.  People say the Democrats controlled the Nevada Legislature for 40 years and lost the legislature in 2014.  Before losing the state legislature in 2014, the Democrats were only one or two seats away from having a veto-proof supermajority.  During the 2015 legislative session, the Republicans passed legislation opposed by Democrats and Unions.  In 2016, the Democrats regained control of the legislature, but they still lack a veto-proof majority.

It is doubtful that a Republican Governor if elected, is going to sign legislation that repeals the same legislation passed by a Republican-controlled legislature that was signed just four years ago.  I hope that this election will result in a Democrat Governor.  I am running in a district where the Republican incumbent had no competition during the last midterm election.  We cannot let any seat go unchallenged.

If our children, our grandchildren, are going to have any kind of quality of life in the future, the Republican Party must be defeated!

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