Interview – Brent Leavitt, Republican Candidate Assembly District 7
(vs Incumbent Dina Neal)
Please post a short personal resume:
- I was born and raised in Las Vegas and educated in the Clark County School system, graduating from Rancho High School.
- After high school, I spent two years in Florida working with the Haitian people as a missionary for my church.
- I then attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno where I earned a degree in Business Administration with a major in Economics.
- After college I started working in the financial services industry in health and life insurance. Keeping up with the Affordable Care Act, I was the number one broker in the state signing individuals up for health insurance.
- I enjoy volunteering and do so with the Ambassador committee of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber; the American Red Cross; our local Haitian community, Las Vegas Haitians United; and, my church. I believe that we must not only give of our money, but our time if we want to make a difference. I take the role of serving the state as a way to give back to this community. I want to show how much I care and be a servant of the people.
- I have 3 beautiful children and an extremely supportive wife of 7 years. They are where I spend my free time. I am often caught going shopping with my children and taking long weekend strolls with them to our local library and parks.
1. You are running against the incumbent in Assembly District Define your strengths and why you would better serve Nevada than your opponent.
First and foremost I love the state I live in. My education has come from Nevada schools and my experience has come from working with Nevada residents and businesses. I have heard a lot of the same complaints and concerns about our state throughout my life and most of those people have come and gone. They care more about themselves and try to sculpt our state into something different, leaving us in large debt and struggling to support flawed policies. My personal life and finances are in order. I have been an avid student on healthcare reform and was one of the few to actually figure out our state health exchange as the top broker. I have the perspective of someone who has been affected by the state laws and funding and also can see past the lies we are told constantly.
2. Explain how you differ from your opponent in regards to:
- Nevada health care issues: Healthcare is my biggest strength as I deal daily with insurance. I am okay with our state expansion of Medicaid, but the way we administer the program needs to change drastically as it will be one of the biggest costs and will be the biggest vampire to things such as education and safety if we do not reform how we administer it
- The Education Tax Initiative: The education tax is just another excuse to make doing business in Nevada even more difficult and to transfer money into more wasteful spending. Education isn’t falling behind because of funding, it’s something much more elementary- attitude.
- Nevada mining & gaming tax issues – the efforts to increase both and the initiative to amend the State Constitution to remove the mining tax cap: Increasing mining tax initiatives are special interest groups digging for dollars. If Nevada were to increase these it would have to be to cut other spending or to decrease taxes in other areas.
- Immigration issues: Immigration has been such a hot topic and the people who care the most are the people who are here illegally. Those who follow the laws and work hard are punished because they spend far too much and waste so much red tape because others have no respect for our country or its laws. The state ultimately gets on the hook for these people when children are born here and they are living on Medicaid and Snap dollars because their parents circumvented the law. This issue is bigger than me, but I am all for making changes and enforcing growth in immigration with families in order to support autonomy and patriotism.
- Nevada’s minimum wage: Nevada has one of the highest minimum wages in the nation and as a result, one of the highest unemployment rates. When we raise the cost of employing young people into entry level jobs and making those cost the same as higher slightly higher skilled jobs, our net Change to overall living is unchanged. It stifles growth when the next generation doesn’t start working until 5-10 years later in life than the previous generation because jobs have been unavailable.
3. As a new State Assemblyman what will be your greatest challenges?
My greatest challenge will be getting to work together to achieve some common good for our state. Political tensions and special interest money seeps in greatly in pure state and to overcome those will be great.
4. It is a long campaign season. Many accusations are made by one candidate against another. Are there any assertions or accusations made by your opponent, or others, that you consider inaccurate or unfair? Elaborate.
I have no knowledge of any accusations or assertions about me. Sadly as I knock on doors and speak with my constituents, their knowledge of state politics is very low and most people focus on big races such as governor.
5. Please use this space to elaborate on any issues not previously covered:
This session is going to determine whether Nevada is going to be state of destitution or a state of prosperity. We are still tackling the effects of the greatest recession our state has ever experienced. As we are now full into recovery, we are driven by fears and reactions that need to be thought out. Budget shortfalls are going to be temporary but the way we spend and our attitudes about money need to change because public dollars belong to everyone.
All Republican candidates with a viable opponent and contact information were asked to participate in an online interview – Congressional, Statewide & Legislative General Election races.
The interview responses will be posted in full, unedited as submitted on NewsDesk by Nancy Dallas (www.ndbynd.com), the NvFRW website (www.nvfrw.org) and the State Republican Party (www.nevadagop.org); and, when relevant, the Carson City Central Committee website (www.ccrccgop.com), the CCRW website (www.ccrwclub.org) and all other GOP associated websites that wish to do so. Hopefully, the responses will be emailed to the membership of each organization, with reposting of any interview by interested parties strongly encouraged.
The purpose of these interviews is to allow our Republican candidates the opportunity to state their positions in their own words, describe how they differ from their opponent’s positions and why they would better serve Nevada than their opponent. The Primaries are over. Our ultimate goal must now be to elect or re-elect Republicans.
Not all candidates chose to respond. Following the General election a participation summary will be posted.
Nancy Dallas, Editor/Publisher NewsDesk (Est. January 2003)