CHRIS FORBUSH – ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 40
Assembly District 40 includes Carson City, Washoe County south of Highway 341 (Geiger Grade), east of Highway 395 and a portion of south Reno east of Western Skies Drive, Rio Wrangler Parkway and Mira Loma Road
There are four filed Republican candidates in this race. All four responded to this interview request – Sam England, Chris Forbush, Al Kramer and Incumbent PK ONeill. The winner of the Primary will face an Independent American Party candidate in the General Election.
1. Give a brief summation of your political and professional background.
I grew up in Ely, graduated valedictorian from high school, then left on a 2 year full-time mission to Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After two years, I returned and went to school for 8 years at BYU. I started and ran a personal training company during my undergrad while studying Portuguese, Political Science, and Business. I then went to Law School at BYU and graduated with honors debt free. I served as an intern for 2 full state legislative sessions while in school, once as the chief assistant to the Republican Majority Whip in the Utah House of Representatives and second as a legal research and drafting assistant to a state Senator while in law school. I am currently an independent contract attorney.
2. Define your district – general geographic boundaries, demographic make-up and political balance.
Assembly District 40 includes all of Carson City, Washoe Valley, and a small portion of south Reno. The district is heavily weighted in Republican favor.
3. Why are you running for this position? What makes you more qualified than your Republican opponent to serve in this position?
I am running to remove PK O’Neill from office (he voted for the largest tax increase in Nevada history last session) and replace him with a true Constitutional Conservative who understands the proper role of government and sees, and is willing to fight against, the increasingly socialistic measures that are coming down the pike in Nevada.
I am the strongest conservative in this race. I am the only Republican in the AD40 race that was endorsed by the very conservative Carson City Republican Party. My opponent PK O’Neill was censured and will be removed from the CCRP. My other opponents, Al Kramer and Sam England, were assessed by the CCRP Evaluation Committee to be dramatically less conservative. See this news article for more detail: http://carsonnow.org/reader-content/04/05/2016/chris-forbush-found-be-most-conservative-strongest-candidate-carson-city-r
Additionally, I am an attorney and I have spent the better part of the last 15 years studying the law, political science, and history. I am the most widely read candidate in this race in the political philosophy of the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. I am uniquely capable and qualified in this race to read and understand bills and push back against the attorneys in the state government, like Governor Sandoval, Mike Roberson, and others, that have steamrolled the rest of the legislature. Having worked two full legislative sessions, I am also the most experienced candidate, understanding all aspects of the legislative process.
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.
I have only a few brief thoughts regarding the divisiveness of liberal Republicans (so-called ‘moderate conservatives’ which are better known as RINOs) versus conservative Republicans (tea party, which term seems to have fallen into some disfavor since the 2012 election). Liberal Republicans will be the death of the GOP if the GOP doesn’t turn around and start embracing its conservative principles again and standing firm on its platform. Real conservatives, those who love and revere our founding documents, our unalienable rights, our freedom, are removing their names from the GOP lists because the party has been hi-jacked by liberals that are tearing us apart. We have to stop the hemorrhaging by telling the less-conservative candidates in each race to get out, and by getting behind the best conservative people we can find up and down the ballot.
5. What are the three most important issues relating to your district and/or the state? How will you legislatively address them?
The Commerce Tax – I am presently gathering signatures from every person willing to sign the petition to get the Commerce Tax on the ballot as I knock doors in every precinct in District 40. If the petition fails, in the Assembly I will propose legislation to mitigate the damaging effects of the Commerce tax. An example would be the Commerce Tax’s $4 million threshold, over which companies are taxed on their gross revenue. Nothing in the current legislation prevents that threshold from being legislatively lowered. I will propose legislation to freeze the threshold.
Minimum Wage – They say “as goes California, so goes the rest of the nation.” Well, California just voted for a disastrous minimum wage increase to $15.00/hr. CA companies are already adopting technologies to now cut back on employees. The wage increase is killing jobs. I will fight against any proposed minimum wage increase in Nevada. I don’t want our government to legislate people out of a job under the pretext of helping them.
Gun Rights – I want to see Campus Carry adopted this time around and will oppose any further measures whose effect would further chill our 2nd Amendment right.
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.)
Question 1 – I am opposed to any new legislation that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, and that means the right to acquire or transfer firearms.
Question 2 – If the measure is approved by voters, then I, as a public servant, am obligated to follow the will of the voters in the matter.
7. What is your position in regards to increasing the minimum wage in Nevada?
See my response to Question 5.
8. Define your position on fracking and other means of oil exploration in Nevada. Do you support coal fired energy plants?
If Nevada had control of the federally managed public lands and could, at will, develop the resources thereof, we could become the wealthiest state in the union. I encourage prudent development and use of natural resources within the state where possible and where it is done with the interest of Nevadans and the State of Nevada in mind.
Regarding coal power plants, the EPA has already promulgated such strict emissions regulations on coal-fired plants that the environment is under no danger. I have no positions against such plants as they operate within the bounds already set and I would encourage their continued energy production.
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:
Vote for me. Visit my website at www.ChrisForbush.com. Contribute to my campaign and let’s put a real Constitutional Conservative back into the Assembly.
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.
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