AMY GROVES – REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 29
There are two Republican candidates in this Primary race. Amy’s opponent, Incumbent Stephen Silberkraus did not respond to this interview request. The winner of the Primary will face a Democrat in the General Election.
1. Give a brief summation of your political and professional background.
I am a small business owner. In fact, my company just turned 11 years old. I own a company that manages HOA’s, Nevada’s Finest Properties, and a RE/MAX franchise. I am licensed in HOA management, property management and real estate. I do not have any political experience, as I have never been elected before.
2. Define your district – general geographic boundaries, demographic make-up and political balance.
My district is overall in Henderson. It runs from downtown Henderson to St. Rose and Eastern. It’s a very strange shaped district that includes the Green Valley area. The demographics of the neighborhood give a slight advantage to the Democrat party, by about 4%. There are a large number of American Independent and Non-partisan registered voters.
3. Why are you running for this position? What makes you more qualified than your Republican opponent(s) to serve in this position?
I am running for this position because the current Republican Assemblyman voted for the Commerce tax. This tax was the largest tax increase Nevada has ever seen. I have signed the Taxpayer protection pledge, which promises in writing that I will not vote for any tax increases. This is so important. We are getting hit with tax increases from every level of government, and it needs to stop.
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.
The Nevada Republican Party is divided because we have elected Republicans that are voting as we would expect a Democrat to vote. There is no such thing as a “Moderate Conservative.” A moderate will vote very liberally when it comes to using other people’s money. A Conservative is very cautious when it comes to other people’s money. I am a “Fiscal Conservative.” That means I won’t increase the size of our government or support new taxes. Nevada has a spending problem. We need to spend more wisely and focus only where the government is supposed to function. Government was not created to take care of us. They have a function and we need to limit our government to that function.
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 important items that I am hearing are 1. Commerce Tax 2. Education Reform 3. Tax Reform.
I would support repealing the Commerce Tax, but that will, hopefully, be up to the people if it gets on the ballot. If it remains in place, I would not support lowering the $4 million thresh hold. We have a complicated tax system that needs reform. And we have so many levels of government that all need their piece of our paycheck. We need to start combining and reducing government.
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 do not think this type of check is necessary for the transfer or sale of a gun between private parties. Background checks don’t work on criminals, so I think we are focusing on the wrong thing here.
- Ironic that the system who told us no to pot, finally wants it because there is tax money to be had. J If the people want it, then fine. I wouldn’t be a customer, but I wouldn’t oppose it.
8. What is your position in regards to increasing the minimum wage in Nevada?
The minimum wage should not be increased. In fact, the government shouldn’t be setting this wage at all. The open market should be dictating what the wages should be. If it is increased to $15 per hour (or more) it will have a net loss of jobs, either through automation or less people working harder.
8. Define your position on fracking and other means of oil exploration in Nevada. Do you support coal fired energy plants?
We need to continue oil exploration in Nevada.
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:
In the last legislative session there are two laws that were created that I would like to address:
- Privacy of elected officials emails. The legislators protected themselves from having to share their emails or calendars with the public. This is just wrong. We should be able to see who our elected officials are meeting and corresponding with. There are so many back room deals being made that are not in the best interest of the people.
- In the Assembly there are two Republican races that I am aware of that will be decided in the primary. There is no Democrat running and there are 2 Republicans in each race running. Only Republicans can vote for their party members in the primary. These 2 races will be decided with no input from any other party. This is just wrong. Knowing they will be elected in the primary will disenfranchise thousands and thousands of voters. This is a new law and it needs to be changed.
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