MATT SADLER – ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 18
Assembly District 18 is located in Las Vegas
There are two Republicans filed for this position – Matt Sadler and Christine DeCorte. Both responded to this interview request. The winner of the Primary will face a Democrat and Libertarian in the General Election. This position is currently held by a Democrat.
1. Give a brief summation of your political and professional background.
I have been a registered Republican since I first signed up to vote in high school. As the years progressed, I’ve found myself moving further toward to the conservative end of the political spectrum. I majored in Psychology and minored in Political Science at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where I graduated early in 1999. I’ve worked or owned my own business continually since high school. I am not a career politician, and I am making this my initial run for public office. I’m a vested union member (now inactive from Teamsters Local 995 since ’04) and was a REALTOR for 8 + years here in Las Vegas—while concurrently being a licensed bail agent since 2009. In early 2014, I opened up my own bail bonds agency in Downtown Las Vegas and have been busy to say the least. Having succeeded thus far in a challenging economy, I now have time to pursue public office—as I have longed to do since my college days. With family life, church life, and work life in balance, I can now devote the necessary resources to this endeavor.
2. Define your district – general geographic boundaries, demographic make-up and political balance.
Assembly District 18 covers the southeast portion of Las Vegas and parts of Henderson. The irregular shape goes as far northwest as Flamingo near Sandhill and as far southeast as Pabco near Warm Springs. Every type of income-tax bracket as well as racial make-up is represented in this district. The schools are highly diverse as is the faith-based and business communities. In my experiences living in District 18, the district is eclectic politically between liberals, moderates, and conservatives. There is likely a slightly higher proportion of registered Democrats within its boundaries.
3. Why are you running for this position? What makes you more qualified than your Republican opponent to serve in this position?
I’m running for District 18’s state assembly seat because measured, limited legislation is needed badly Nevada. This last round of the legislative session showcased tax increases and support for wide-reaching government. I am running not to further the GOP agenda or my own, but rather to help do what’s best for this state. Big government, high taxes, excessive regulation, bureaucratic interference are not answers to our problems.
I will not state why I think I’m better than this candidate or that one—I want to display my convictions and my views, so voters can make an informed decision on who’s best for Nevada.
4. There is a well noted and ongoing split among many in the Nevada Republican Party. Define your philosophy in regards to this ‘moderate conservative’ versus ‘tea party’ divisiveness.
There is a divide between moderates in the party and Tea Party ideologues. I don’t really classify myself in either category. I am about as conservative as you get on certain issues. However, what is a preference or personal conviction for me may not necessarily translate to active legislation. Other issues, such as limiting government interference and promoting most social liberties should be advocated. Non-negotiable issues that need to fought for cannot be compromised by “deals” for the sake of getting something done while in Carson City. Busyness does not equal effectiveness. My time in Carson City might even be as equally committed to repealing existing laws and stopping future ones as it might be to advocating new legislation.
5. What are the three most important issues relating to your district and/or the state? How will you legislatively address them?
The three most salient issues affecting my district likewise relate to the state as a whole. Here are the issues in no deliberate order:
- Increased taxes of any kind and burdensome government must be stopped. The tax increases, not limited to the “commerce tax” and cigarette hikes, are disastrous. Slowly, we have made the state of Nevada more and more unfriendly to business and people interested in permanently relocating here. A broader tax base and increased employment (not the phony jobs reports or unemployment rates) opportunities will provide for Nevada’s essential services. Supporting, sponsoring, or authoring legislation to repeal taxes and encourage fair tax breaks would be a great honor.
- Religious/moral conscience protections must be fought for. This goes for churches, faith-based organizations, and to the individuals. Violating one’s conscience for the sake of political correctness is unconstitutional and wrong. If slow erosion in these protections occurs and remains unchecked, it will grow exponentially. I’m happy to write or sponsor such a bill that promotes these protections.
- The other main issue I want to address is the common-sense protection of our youth. I will advocate or initiate bills that prevent abortion counseling without parental knowledge. I will fight to stop subjective gender-identification dictating which students can use certain facilities and restrooms at the expense of the other children. I will fight to make certain objecting parents are not forced to allow their kids to sit through sex education classes that do not align with their world view. Finally Common Core needs to be eliminated in Nevada schools. We should opt-out as a state. There are more key areas of concern for me to address, but I believe these three are the most urgent.
6. What is your position in regards to the current initiatives? (Question 1 addresses firearms and would require that an unlicensed person who wishes to sell or transfer a firearm to another person conduct the transfer through a licensed gun dealer who runs a background check. Question 2 addresses marijuana. If approved by voters, the measure would legalize the drug for adults and put the tax revenue from the sale of the drug toward education funding.)
I am against both initiatives proposed. Question 1, which requires more restrictions on private sales, should be stopped. I give a big NO on question 1. I am not in favor of any further restrictions and limitations to the 2nd Amendment. Likewise I am not a proponent of legalizing recreational marijuana. However, I am in favor of common-sense criminal justice reform on the matter. For instance, under no circumstance should someone who is caught with a personal supply of the substance be arrested. They should be cited and given a court date to report to. Jail sentences and prison terms should be reserved for violent drug offenses and overt sales or distribution. None-the-less, I also say NO to question 2.
7. What is your position in regards to increasing the minimum wage in Nevada?
I do not favor raising the minimum wage in Nevada. I believe in fair market principles and capitalism in the purest sense it can play out. That equates to eliminating this form of government overreach. A minimum wage is contrary to that. A “living wage” of a mandatory $15/hour is also not something I could back. An argument could also be made that undocumented “under the table” employees benefit the most from increased wage requirements on the rest.
8. Define your position on fracking and other means of oil exploration in Nevada. Do you support coal fired energy plants?
I am in favor of fracking and any step Nevada and the US can take to increase levels of energy independence. Coal fired energy plants, clean coal, solar, natural gas, and every alternative needs to be fully explored. Get the government regulations out of the way and let private parties pursue energy from a profit motivation, and we’re all likely better off.
9. If there is any issue that you are concerned about that has not been addressed in this interview, this is your opportunity to address it:
Thank you for giving me this outlet and exposure in the interview process. Your time is valuable, so it is appreciated. The only additional topic I’d like to address is the ACA or “Obamacare” debacle. Whatever we could do at the state level to repeal this law, I’m happy to do. Increased competition and free market principles would have achieved the stated goals of this monstrosity in the first place. It is unsustainable, and its mandates are bad for Medicaid, Medicare, and Nevada as a whole.
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 (www.ndbynd.com) 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