The 3rd Congressional district lies south of Las Vegas, including Henderson, and most of unincorporated Clark County



There are seven Republican candidates for this Congressional seat. Five candidates responded to this interview: Andy Matthews, Sami Kahl, Michele Fiore, Danny Tarkanian and Dr. Annette Teijeiro. Michael Roberson and Kerry Bowers did not respond.  There are also 3 Democrats, one IAP and one ‘no party’.

1. Please post a short personal resume:

Educational Background:

  • University of Washington Anesthesiology Residency
  • University of Nevada School of Medicine Medical Doctor
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center Transitional Internship
  • University of Washington Anesthesiology Residency
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Past and Present Experience:

  • Board of Directors, Nevada Medical Political Action Committee
  • Nevada State Medical Association Commission on Governmental Affairs
  • Board of Directors, Southern Nevada Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Coordinator, Nevada Chapter American Association of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Board of Directors, Clark County Medical Society Scholarship Fund
  • Board of Directors, Med Political Action Committee
  • Board of Trustees, Clark County Medical Society
  • Member, Attorney General’s Healthcare Smt. Planning Committee
  • Committee Member, Sunrise Hospital Medical Center Anesthesia Quality Assurance
  • Committee Member, University Medical Center Anesthesia Quality Assurance
  • Committee Member, Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center Pharmacy & Therapeutics
  • Senora of Excellence Award from Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Coordinator, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Chairman of the Anesthesia Department, Valley Hospital
  • Member, Clinical Advisory Council for APS Healthcare
  • Member, Nevada Healthcare Professional Coalition
  • Volunteer, United Way of Southern Nevada
  • Volunteer, Sunday School Teacher
  • Past president, Clark County Medical Society
  • Nevada State College Diversity Advisory Board
  • Las Vegas Zoological Society Advisory Board

2. You and your Primary opponents are running for the open U.S. Congressional District 3 seat. Several of you are well experienced in the political world, while a few are not. Define your strengths and why you would better serve in this position than your Republican opponents.

We have a multitude of career politicians who are failing at their elected duties. Some of these elected individuals have no business experience, healthcare understanding, negotiation skills, or common sense as to the impact of the legislation they pass or refuse to consider.  Some continue to kick-the-can-down-the-road enslaving future generations with debt by allowing waste, fraud, and abuse to go unchecked or corrected.

I have a wealth of experience that all of my opponents do not collectively possess. My family has resided in Nevada for over 40 years. Coming from a low-income family there were many financial obstacles that I had to overcome. I have worked as a translator, retail sales, casino workforce, teaching assistant and community volunteer.  I have served on many nonprofit volunteer boards, such as the Anesthesia Quality Assurance in Sunrise Hospital Medical Center, Chairwoman of Anesthesia at Valley Hospital Medical Center, Southern Nevada Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, and the Las Vegas Zoological Society. You may go to to find a more detailed list.

I have been a licensed medical doctor for 23 years and I have over 15 years of interface with our Nevada legislature. I have read, advised, helped amend, and testified on proposed bills. Long before Michael Roberson or Michele Fiore were elected, I had offered solutions, which became reality.  From before the Medical Malpractice Insurance crisis of 2002 to the last legislative session, I have worked to defend patients as a citizen advocate.

3. Would you consider your political ideology different than that of your opponents? Explain.

For far too long Congress has used the Red shirt/Blue shirt method of partisan bickering. Divide and conquer or winner takes all have replaced open negotiation, working on issues that are generally bipartisan and common sense resolution of differences. Compromise has been redefined as capitulation to further government expansion, more micromanagement of states, and stifling regulation with selective enforcement. Loopholes for Special Interests that take advantage of small business, Middle Class taxpayers, and penalize competitors have made cronies wealthy and powerful at the expense of everyone else.

4. Explain your position in regards to: 

  • National immigration issues – and how these issues relate to Nevada:

Yes, our immigration system is broken. This is a very complex problem that has been ignored, manipulated, and worsened by Special Interests.  Any solution should start with securing our ports of entry.  This is not just our geographic borders.  Approximately 40% of our illegally present individuals inside our country enter legally and overstay their visa.  Americans must work cooperatively as a nation to identify criminal elements that profit from the human trafficking, sex trafficking and drug trafficking associated with this plague on our society.

We must improve our e-verify system; require 100% e-verify for all workers, and partner with employers to identify questionable documentation. Repeat offender industries and individual should be held accountable for profiting from undocumented workers.  It is disturbing to hear of people who have no problem taking advantage or actively preying on human beings. These may be workers in our own American consulates who arbitrarily decide whom they will process, to those who take bribes, to those who hire employees on a visa and exploits their workers with threats of firing them if they complain.

Most Americans without close family members or friends in a temporary immigration status do not understand the arbitrary maze of costly navigation to stay legally in our country. Many do not understand the special loophole or weakened areas by laws that may have been passed a long time ago for unique circumstances but now create National Security bypasses (Refugee Act of 1979) that are not in our national best interests.

We need a more predictable and less susceptible to corruption entry process that actively penalizes immigration agents and traffickers across the globe who place profit over requirements. A much more transparent economic and talent benefit based immigration system rather than arbitrary quotas that rewards law-abiding temporary residents who have great contributions to make. A system that retaliates with countries who do not assist or identify illegal entry and unauthorized stays, but this requires strong Foreign policy.

Lastly, we cannot allow those that have entered or overstayed their entry to get in front of the line of those that have followed the long and costly process to enter and stay legally. All those that are employed, are paying their taxes, are otherwise law-abiding, and have a sponsoring family who will be financially responsible for them may be considered for a work visa but their filing begins the process as if they were new arrivals.  This will not place anyone in the front of the line. This is more cost effective than removing working parents and placing American citizen children in foster care, hiring thousands of immigration personnel to process millions of individuals illegally in the country, and spending billions in processing all of them back to their country of origin.

Ideally, we will end up with an immigration system that works in a 21st Century America but this will take clear step-by-step legislation that the majority of Americans support.

  • Public lands issues as related to Nevada:

The more local control the better. It is difficult, cumbersome, and unrealistic to create impartial regulations on a federal level. Nevada has about 85% of its landmass controlled by our federal government.  This disproportionate federal control of our state hampers use of natural resources and decreases property tax incomes, which financially hinder our bottom line. The western states seem to be disproportionately controlled by eastern states whose landmass is in the single digits percentage for federal control.  In other words, Virginia has more of a say on what Nevada can do within Nevada than Nevada has over what Virginia does within its state.

  • Obamacare:

ACA was not healthcare reform. It encompassed one-size-fits-all healthcare insurance policies, encroached on patient choices, failed to address workforce shortages realistically and eliminated market competition evidenced by the consolidation of healthcare insurance companies.  Again we dramatically changed the majority’s healthcare plans to address small areas of challenges that could have been addressed with a much more precise option.

There are multiple businesses that have dumped their employees’ health insurance coverage or reduced fulltime equivalent workers to part-time or temporary staffing. The result is employees who now have two part-time jobs and must now work more than 40-hour work weeks and pay for their own healthcare insurance coverage.

One landscaping business stopped healthcare coverage because of the near doubling of the employee premiums, increases in co-pay/deductibles, and inability to compete for market share to keep open. Many small businesses in Nevada had increases in business taxation and further cost of unemployment bond fees to repay the prolonged unemployment benefits approved by Congress. Nevada continues to be the highest in underemployment and within the top five for unemployment rates to date.

The Medicaid Expansion has hurt the chronically ill, truly destitute, because it placed countless able-bodied beneficiaries in a state-federal health plan that barely worked for the chronically ill.

  • The minimum wage issue – from a national perspective and potential effects on Nevada.

We are already seeing the effect of increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Minimum wage employees are losing their jobs.  UC Berkley, who strongly supported the $15.00 minimum wage has laid off 500 minimum wage employees.  The cost of fast food has become unaffordable as wages are artificially inflated for the lower entry and experience level jobs.  These low level entry jobs provide experience and  on the job training skills that serve to open doors to higher paying jobs after a period of time.

The more interesting result of arbitrary wage increases is the increase in withheld and employer matched payroll tax revenue and the resulting increase passed down to end users. The employee with a minimal mandatory $15 wage will now see an increase in payroll taxes withheld and an increase in the cost of goods and services to pay for the mandated minimum wage.

5. As a U.S. Congressman, what do you believe will be your greatest challenges? How will you address them?

As American families across the country, when faced with more cost than revenue, the federal government should prioritize its SPENDING! There are too many agencies that overlap, have become obsolete, and waste government funds.  We must evaluate and encourage all standing agencies to cut the fat inside of their budget proposals and not spend down to guarantee same level of funding for the next fiscal year.

Vital agencies still need to look for innovation, downsizing through employee retirement, consolidation of duplicated services or oversight are a few examples. Why would we have a Federal Labor Relations Authority and a National Labor Relations Board? Can we consolidate these two agencies into one? Or, if one is supervisory, consolidate the supervisory task t under a broader supervisory board?

6. During a campaign season, many accusations/assertions are made by your opponents. Have there been any thus far that you feel are inaccurate or unfair that you would like to respond to?

There are no accusations to date. We expect that as we continue to increase our presence, we expect that anything can be misrepresented by unethical opponents to discredit.

7. Please use this space to elaborate on any issue not covered above:

Our Veterans are our country’s heroes. 20-30 of them commit suicide in a system that fails them. Frankly that loss of our heroes is way too many. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service. They have kept us safe and placed their lives in harms way to protect us. I have many Veteran friends and my husband is a Vietnam era Veteran and their Veteran Administration System need important changes. I have worked in the VAS healthcare system as a medical student and a medical doctor resident. I understand the pitfalls of the bureaucracy. Our Veterans and their families deserve better service and prompt service.

Our Veterans have moved wherever we needed them to in their active duty assignments and it is unfair to ask them to continue to move long distances to receive the healthcare that we promised them. We need to give them the flexibility and quality inside and outside of a federal institution to afford them the choices they need for the best and the most easily accessible healthcare. This is why for decades, since medical school, I have advocated for a universal healthcare card option for our heroes so they don’t have to suffer long wait period for needed care. A Veteran Choice insurance card where Veterans can opt to get needed care outside the VAS, in the best private system, as needed. We should not restrict them to arbitrary distance or burdensome hoops to jump through to acquire that care.

Also, we must make VAS a more consumer friendly and customer accountable system. Our Veterans who wish to work for other Veterans should have priority and those who serve our Veterans should be the highest quality and efficiency. There are great dedicated healthcare professionals who should have great ancillary personnel that don’t create obstacles to care but create innovative solutions to delivering care. I will work tirelessly to get these types of improvements for our Veterans. 

EDITOR: This is one in a series of online interviews with Republican candidates. All Republican candidates with Primary races were contacted – US Senate, US Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, Carson City Mayor and Lyon County Commissioner. The responses are posted as the candidates presented them to me – no editing.  These interviews will be posted in no particular order and, obviously, all races are not of interest in everyone’s particular district; however, NewsDesk readership ( is spread throughout the state so all responses will be posted. You are welcome to repost any of the interviews as long as proper credit is given to NewsDesk.

Primary election day is Tuesday, June 14, 2016. If the candidates in a particular Primary all belong to the same party, the winner will be determined in the Primary and go to the General Election ballot unopposed.

Dates to remember:

  • May 14 – Last day to register to vote by mail
  • May 24 – Last day to register to vote in the Primary
  • May 28-June 19 – Early voting
  • June 14 – Primary Election


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