Interview – Cresent Hardy, Republican Candidate Congressional District 4
(vs Steven Horsford, Incumbent)
Please post a short personal resume:
Born and raised in Mesquite,Nevada. A fifth-generation resident of Mesquite – his grandfather was the first baby born in the town. Married to his wife Peri for 32 years and has four children. Small business owner and licensed contractor
- Served as the Mesquite Public Works Director
- Served as a member of the Virgin Valley Water District
- Served as a member of the Mesquite City Council.
- Served as a member of the Nevada State Assembly
- Has over two decades of distinguished public service experience
Hardy is also active in his church and community organizations such as Junior Livestock, 4H, and veterans groups. He partnered in the creation of the Legacy of Higher Learning and Talent Development organization, which has provided roughly 60 scholarships in the past years for young Southern Nevada students to help them attend college. He is also the co-founder of the Golf Fore Kids fundraising program, which has raised over $165,000 for needy children in Southern Nevada in only four short years.
1. You are running against the Democrat incumbent. Define your strengths and why you would better serve Nevada than the incumbent.
Cresent Hardy’s strengths lie in his values of hard work and dedication to the people of Nevada. He believes that we as a nation cannot continue to spend more than we have and that overreaching government regulations are killing jobs, which are both common sense ideas that all Nevadans can relate to. Cresent Hardy is also a strong believer in our Second Amendment rights to own firearms to protect ourselves and our families.
2. Explain how you differ from the incumbent’s positions in regards to:
- Illegal immigration issues – illegal border crossings; deportation & possible citizenship; illegal flights of Central American children
Cresent believes that the first step in dealing with the immigration issue is to immediately secure ALL of our nation’s borders and ports. We must use common sense to protect all of our nation’s entryways, as it is a measure of national security. Once we have the borders secured, then we need to put in place step by step legislation which will gradually address the issue of the illegal immigrants already residing in our country. Each illegal immigrant should evaluated on a case-by-case basis in order to determine whether they should be deported or granted temporary citizenship as a refugee until they can complete the necessary requirements to become an American citizen. Any immigrant who has committed a crime in their native country or is involved in potential illegal activity should be deported immediately.
- Public Lands issues – specifically the declaring of sage grouse as an endangered species
Cresent Hardy is a strong believer in that the western states have had their lands taken away by the Federal Government for too long. The lands governed by the Bureau of Land Management should be returned to our state like it has in other states around the nation. Cresent co-sponsored Assembly Bill 227 during the 2013 session, which created the Nevada Land Management Task Force to conduct a study addressing the transfer of certain economic beneficial lands back to the State of Nevada. This bill was signed into law by Governor Sandoval on June 1, 2013. As pertaining to the sage grouse, Cresent believes that the Federal Government is claiming the sage grouse is endangered just as they once claimed that the turtle in Clark County was endangered in order for the government to have rights over the land. After further study, the economic use of land in Clark County did not affect the turtle’s habitat, as is the case with the sage grouse.
- The Federal Welfare system
Cresent Hardy believes that the continual waste which is occurring within our welfare system is due to the Federal Government’s current disbursement of these funds without allowing the individual states to audit the funding in order to purge the people who intentionally abuse the system. If the states had more control in the process of providing welfare to the needy, a large amount of the fraud would be stopped.
Congressman Horsford would like to expand all Federal handout programs without concern for the abuse in the current system. As a strong supporter of the expanding social welfare programs of the Obama Administration, Congressman Horsford would continue to push for higher taxes in order to provide more handouts within the Federal Welfare system.
- The many scandals facing the Obama administration – Targeting by the IRS; Obamacare requirements; Benghazi, VA hospital administration, et al
Cresent Hardy is deeply concerned about all of the scandals which have occurred during the Obama Administration and demand answers as to how these could have been allowed under this administration. He feels that it is despicable for the IRS to target American citizens based off of their political belief/affiliation and that the Constitution is designed to protect us against such atrocities. A continual investigation should result in the criminal punishment of the individuals involved in this scandal. As pertaining to Obamacare, the cornerstone requirement for Americans to purchase insurance is unconstitutional in of itself and has placed hardships on many businesses who are having to take extreme measures to survive the burden that Obamacare is placing on them. Benghazi is one of the most shameful occurrences that our nation has endured in years and hopefully the House Select Committee on Benghazi will be able to determine as to who is at fault for the failed response in protecting the four Americans who lost their lives. The VA hospital scandal is another atrocity which has to be dealt with seriously, since it is a despicable representation as to how this administration is treating our military veterans after they were promised healthcare benefits for serving our nation. This is also an indicator of how this admiration is also taking away benefits from our seniors, something that Cresent will fight to keep the promises to both our seniors and veterans. An additional scandal in which Cresent is extremely concerned about is how the Obama Administration secretly broke an age-old American tradition of not negotiating with terrorist. With the Administration breaking this unwritten rule, American citizens all across the world are now subjected to being kidnapped and used as bargaining piece for terrorist organizations.
Congressman Horsford has consistently defended the Obama Administration and downplayed the importance of these scandals. Nevadans need a Congressman who will stand up for them and demand answers from this administration, and that person is Cresent Hardy.
3. As a U.S. Congressman, what do you believe will be your greatest challenges – and how will you address them?
Cresent believes that things are broken in Washington, so his greatest challenge would be to get both sides of the aisle to work together, as he has done in Carson City as Assemblyman. That doesn’t mean compromise, but instead he can be a leader in providing a consensus of ideas that can be brought forward in order to work with fellow Congressmen.
4. It is a long campaign season. Many accusations are made by candidates. Are there one or two specific charges by your opponent or others that you feel are inaccurate or unfair that you would like to answer to?
So far, there have not been many attacks made on Cresent by his opponent other than the generic statements of being too extreme in his conservative beliefs or that he doesn’t represent the common man, which is typically the attacks that are made on all Republican candidates.
5. Please use this space to elaborate on any issues not covered in the previous questions.
Growing up in a farming community taught Cresent the value of hard work at a young age. Working with cattle, horses, and pigs on his father’s ranch as a young man instilled a valuable work ethic that he applies each and every. As a small business owner, Cresent Hardy knows what it takes to create jobs, make payroll, and meet a budget…something we desperately need more of in Washington! The value of a hard day’s work and being self-reliant helped him to succeed in his career as a licensed contractor and small business owner. Cresent Hardy knows that fostering a low-tax environment that encourages business growth and expansion is critical to creating the new, high-paying jobs that bring economic prosperity to our communities. Especially during this prolonged recession, Nevada needs representatives in Washington like Cresent Hardy with the first-hand knowledge of how to jump start our economy and Nevada working again!If you are disgusted in the direction that our nation is going, Cresent Hardy is the candidate who will work diligently to protect our freedoms and the Constitution.
All Republican candidates with a viable opponent and contact information were asked to participate in an online interview – Congressional, Statewide & Legislative General Election races.
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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.