DANNY TARKANIAN – REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CONGRESSIONAL SEAT 3
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
I am first and foremost a devoted husband to Amy Tarkanian and a proud father of four children: Lois, Ava, Ashley and Jerry, Jr.
I am a successful commercial real estate developer of the Tarkanian Professional Center, a 100,000 square foot commercial center that has thrived even through Nevada’s real estate downturn.
I founded a successful non-profit youth basketball organization that teaches children life lessons in leadership and sportsmanship – and has seen it grow to serving over 340 Nevada youths.
I was born December 18, 1961 in Redlands, California and attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. I graduated with honors from UNLV and magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law.
I believe my family story represents the American Dream and service to community. My grandmother Rose escaped the Armenian Genocide and came to America for a better life for her family. She persevered through the early death of her husband and the Great Depression. Her son Jerry became the greatest basketball coach in NCAA history. My mother Lois founded the first private school for the deaf in California and currently serves on the Las Vegas City Council.
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.
I believe my biggest strength is that I am a Constitutional Conservative at a time when our country needs to return to its founding principles. Although I am not an elected official or political insider, I have fought for these ideas since entering politics and I believe time has proven me right, especially on common sense immigration issues that have been ignored for too long.
The experience I bring is that of a 36 year Nevadan who is immersed in the community having founded two charities that serve local youths, including the Tark Toy Drive that delivers donated toys to hospitalized children. My family has deep roots here, including my father’s legendary coaching career at UNLV and my mother’s tenure on the Las Vegas City Council.
Additionally, I am a private businessman who has successfully developed the Tarkanian Professional Center – a 100,000 SF commercial office park that has been home to dozens of Nevada businesses and their employees.
I have given back to this community in many ways and now I want to fight for it in Congress.
3. Would you consider your political ideology different than that of your opponents? Explain.
I am a constitutional conservative who wants America to get back to the founding principles that made her the greatest nation on earth.
Michael Roberson, my principal opponent in this primary, is an establishment liberal who has voted with Democrats for amnesty, drivers licenses and sanctuary protection for immigration law breakers. He joined Democrats to implement Common Core in our schools and he personally shepherded the largest tax hike in state history through the legislature, after promising voters he’d oppose any and all tax hikes.
4. Explain your position in regards to:
- National immigration issues – and how these issues relate to Nevada:
America can be a great, diverse, welcoming nation, but first America must defend our borders to ensure our national security and protect our Constitutional rule of law. To do this, I am firmly in support of building a strong wall on our southern border and instituting vigorous new vetting of all immigrants. I will vote against amnesty and demand that our immigration laws be enforced on the border and in the workplace. In Nevada, my Republican primary opponent Michael Roberson wrote the bill that grants drivers licenses to immigration law breakers and also prohibits information-sharing with immigration enforcement officials. That’s just wrong. We can be a nation of immigrants while respecting the rule of law.
- Public lands issues as related to Nevada:
According to a recent study, the Federal government manages over 58 million acres of land in Nevada. In Clark County alone, the Federal government manages over 4 million acres. I strongly believe that Nevada should take back all federal and that has economic value, whether it is for residences or businesses. Nevadans know what is best for their land more than any administrator in Washington. Additionally, a report stated that a transfer of 4 million acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management land could bring in over $100 million a year for our state. This is crucial to building prosperity in Nevada. If I am elected to Congress, I will continue existing efforts to transfer these lands to the control of the people of Nevada.
After this election, the future of Obamacare will be put to the Congress once more with an opportunity to give control over health care decisions back to all Americans. As your Congressman, I will vote to end Obamacare, and to replace it with a market-based health care system that offers Americans choice and savings in health care. We can accomplish this by making health care insurance portable and available across state lines, so that we have a real marketplace that offers Americans health insurance choices at low costs. We should promote health savings accounts and pursue the idea of offering Americans a refundable tax credit to purchase the insurance of their choice. I support preserving the ability of youths to remain on family insurance and the ability of those with pre-existing conditions to access affordable health insurance. We must do whatever is necessary to protect our medical doctors who are being driven out of the profession. This includes real tort reform that protects against frivolous lawsuits. We need to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board that gets in the way of doctors’ medical decisions.
- The minimum wage issue – from a national perspective and potential effects on Nevada:
An increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour as has been championed in many states and passed in others would result in substantial loss of jobs at a time when our country needs to be creating more opportunities for jobs. Notwithstanding the above, consideration must be taken to the amount of government subsidies provided to individuals in relation to what they can earn while working. There should be an economic incentive to work to entice people to get off government subsidies.
5. As a U.S. Congressman, what do you believe will be your greatest challenges? How will you address them?
The two main barriers to common sense solutions in Washington are the ideological abuse of executive power by the president, and elected officials from both parties who have strayed from the universal, non-partisan principles that made this country great – principles of freedom, the rule of law and free enterprise. The challenge is to overcome these obstacles by uniting leaders behind these principles that can restore the American Dream.
My agenda is to cut taxes and regulations so we can grow our economy and create jobs. Let’s eliminate the national debt and have sound monetary policy to grow middle class savings. Let’s keep a strong military, but be conservative with its use. Let’s be a nation of laws, welcoming, but with secure borders. I’m optimistic that if we get back to these core American ideals, America will be stronger than ever.
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?
My opponent can’t run on his real record, so he has made many false attacks and I won’t repeat them in this space. Suffice it to say that he will state any lie if it will help him win an election. He has been twice cited by Politifact and Ballotpedia for making false campaign statements and promises. And he is under state investigation for using special interest PACs to steer money to candidates. When you hear Michael Roberson speak, just remember he has trouble with the truth.
7. Please use this space to elaborate on any issue not covered above:
I believe that the Second Amendment protects our God-given right to armed self-defense and oppose all efforts to restrict this fundamental, individual right. I oppose any and all efforts to register guns and their owners, and I oppose any and all efforts to restrict the sale or ownership of guns by law-abiding citizens. We must be vigilant and reject the impulse of so many on the left who attempt to leverage tragedies to erode our Second Amendment rights.
I’ve been endorsed by two leading veteran organizations for my commitment to our troops and seeing that they are treated respectfully, with honor and have access to the best health care.
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