NewsDesk endorsement – Commission District I
NewsDesk is endorsing a candidate in each of the three Lyon County Commissioncommission races. This is the third of those endorsements – Chuck Roberts vs Bob Hastings. Please feel free to submit your own opinion to the Letter to the Editor. Please include your name and a verifiable phone number and address. Only your name will be published with your submittal to firstname.lastname@example.org
NewsDesk endorses incumbent Commissioner Chuck Roberts.
This particular endorsement is the easiest of all. In the course of his first term, Commissioner Roberts has shown himself to be a strong, astute and well-spoken leader. He has also shown the ability to bring all parties/shareholders to the table; and, during his tenure there has been a noticeable improvement in Commissioner-Staff relations.
Roberts does not play games and does not appear to have any special agenda – other than to work through issues in an honest and straightforward manner for the best interests of Lyon County and its residents. He does his homework!
I strongly recommend that, if you have not already done so, you read Commissioner Roberts’ response to the NewsDesk question posed to all candidates.
Challenger Hastings, however, leaves me with a very uncomfortable taste in my mouth. He has not responded to any interview questions from NewsDesk. (An explanation to NewsDesk banning Mr. Hastings and his wife from posting comments on NewsDesk is in a previous article relating to his failure to respond.)
Hastings has made various and ever changing claims in regards to County functions and Commission actions – with no basis of fact in regards to why the Commission or staff acted as they did. Disagreement is one thing – baseless charges are something else. (The primary reason he and his wife are no longer welcome to post general comments on NewsDesk)
I watched/listened as Mr. Hastings ranted and raved in front of the Commissioners during the reapportionment process – making false and baseless accusations in regards to the process. One has to wonder how he would act as a commissioner when faced with being a minority vote on the board.
I was absolutely astounded with Mr. Hastings accepting an upfront $10,000 contribution from Comstock Mining. Accepting contributions from special interests is not unusual or illegal. You will find special interest contributions in the vast majority of candidate filings throughout the state and country……but a $10,000 contribution to one candidate here in Lyon County? It does not take much of an imagination to guess what Mr. Hastings will do when Comstock Mining appears before the Lyon County Commission in the coming year.
Commission Roberts is not against mining. I do not believe any of the sitting commissioners or challengers are. But I do believe that you can trust Commissioner Roberts to make a valued and studied judgment in regards to whatever is brought before him. Can you do the same for a candidate who is the recipient of a $10,000 contribution from Comstock Mining? (And there is the missing answer as to who funded the ‘push-poll’ in regards to Commissioner Roberts…)
One might wonder why Comstock Mining apparently fears Commissioner Roberts to such a degree.
A couple of facts – in response to some false rumors:
- The new Justice Complex is on or ahead of schedule today and below budget;
- The building of the new Justice Complex took no money away from any other County agency. The money could only be borrowed and must be spent under specific guidelines per NRS and may not be used to support other departments;
- The money the commission has requested to be borrowed from the Utilities is not a taking. In reality, the Utilities will make money; And, it would be paid back when the cash flow from PILT and other revenue comes forward in the next few months.