EUGENE HOOVER – SENATE DISTRICT 15
There are two Republican candidates in this Primary contest. Eugene’s Republican opponent, Heidi Gansert, did not respond to this interview request. This is an open seat.
- Give a brief summation of your political and professional background.
I am the former Nevada PAC Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). I have testified at numerous Nevada Legislative meetings to speak about the importance of low taxes and to promote our small businesses. I started Silver State Couriers in 1991, providing same-day and overnight delivery services throughout Nevada. In February, we celebrated our 25th year of providing Quality Delivery Solutions in Nevada.
2. Define your district – general geographic boundaries, demographic make-up and political balance.
Senate district 15 encompasses West Reno to the California state line and most of the North Valleys. It excludes Arrowcreek and Incline Village. In 2012, the Republican candidate in this district won by less than 300 votes. With the legalization of marijuana and background checks to be initiatives on the November ballot, we as Republicans must turn out in full force.
3. Why are you running for this position? What makes you more qualified than your Republican opponent(a) to serve in this position?
The Margin Tax was defeated by 78% of the voters in 2014. Just a few months later, Nevada legislators ignored the will of the voters and passed the Commerce Tax; the largest tax increase in Nevada history. Point blank: they simply changed the name, some of the nuts and bolts, and passed it anyway.
I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch the will of the people be ignored. As a long time business owner with employees throughout the state, I understand the taxes and over regulations Nevadans are facing and the importance of maintaining a low tax environment for all citizens.
We should NOT elect another politician, instead we should enable a small business owner who understands the day-to-day struggles to fight for you. If we do not stand together now, within 10 years ALL citizens will be paying a state income tax.
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.
Moderate Republicans see tax increases as acceptable to accomplish the objective without reforms (as proven by the passing of the Commerce Tax). Small business owners do not have the luxury of throwing other people’s money at a problem in hopes of fixing the issue. They instead must deal with the issue and resolve the fundamental problems. The Tea Party understands spending other people’s money eventually destabilizes our Country and State.
5. What are the three most important issues relating to your district and/or the state?
- I have knocked on over a 1000 doors since this campaign has started and the number one issue I hear about from the voters is the increase of business license fees.
- Second, is the price we are all paying for the gross receipts tax portion of the Commerce Tax.
- Third are the low graduation rates in our Nevada high schools.
We the people need to vote against the Margin Tax in November AGAIN, but this time, in the form of the Commerce Tax. If given the opportunity, I will work with fellow legislators to reform our education system to increase graduation rates. I believe our teachers are the solution to fixing the poor performance of schools in every district in our state, but money must be used in the classroom for every teacher and child, NOT given solely to the administration.
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.)
- As a life-time member of the NRA, I will work to prevent any erosion of our Second Amendment right. This includes working against question number 1 or the “Bloomberg Initiative” which will be on our ballot in November.
- I consider marijuana to be a gateway drug and illegal, except when prescribed by a physician.
7. What is your position in regards to increasing the minimum wage in Nevada?
The minimum wage is for an entry level job to help young people get experience and is NOT intended to be a career choice, but a stepping stone. If we raise the minimum wage there will be fewer entry level jobs available and those students in high school and college will have an even more difficult time finding a job.
8. Define your position on fracking and other means of oil exploration in Nevada. Do you support coal fired energy plants?
I think as a nation and a state we will all benefit with energy independence. Shutting down a modern coal-fired power plant and forcing Nevadans to pay higher energy costs is simply another example of government reaching into our pockets. I look forward to fracking playing a larger role 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 closing, I suggest we reform K-12 education for the benefit of the students and citizens, instead of simply throwing money at the problem and hoping the issue goes away. We also need to maintain our low tax status by eliminating the Commerce Tax or new businesses will no longer come to Nevada. With your help, we will make a difference together. I am a candidate for Nevada State Senate District 15 and I hope I will earn your vote.
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