Interview – Don Alt, Candidate Lyon County Commissioner District 2

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                      Don Alt

(His opponent Vida Keller, Incumbent, did not respond to this interview request)


 Please post a short personal resume:

 Don Alt is new to the political arena; however, he is presently President of the Nevada Live Stock Association and is past President of the Lyon County Farm Bureau.  A long-time resident of Lyon County, he is an experienced international contractor and manager who knows how to deal effectively with a wide  variety of people and issues.  His skills and years of experience will give him an edge when dealing with issues facing Lyon County now and in the future.

Don is married to Maryanna, his wife of 44 years.  For 27 of those years they have lived in Silver Springs.   They are active members of their community and their church.  Maryanna volunteers as an aide at the Faith Baptist Church Academy and Don is active in a number of areas.

He is a Lyon County rancher and has been a construction contractor in the U.S., Canada, Panama, Asia and Africa.  In fact, Don is ideally suited to understand what will attract business to our area, residents’ concerns about employment, laws and government red tape, and the important issues affecting agriculture in Lyon County.

1. You are running against the District 2 incumbent. Define your strengths and why you would better serve Lyon County in this position than your opponent.

 As a retired international contractor I have vast experience in budgeting, cost analysis, and cost tracking.  I also have been involved in agriculture all my life.

While living in Nevada I have learned that if you deal with the federal government you have to know the federal statutes and N.R.S.’s.  Common sense won’t work when you look at the Ninth Circuit Court case law and old statutes that are still on the books.  My opponent is relying on common sense.  The Ninth Circuit Court decisions are not common sense.  You have to read the case law and know the statutes.

As for using common sense, it is relative, depending on the circumstances to which it is applied and the perspective of the person(s) doing the application when dealing with governments: federal, state, or local.  Unless the perspective of the person(s) applying common sense to an issue includes, at a minimum, history of the issue,

      “…the laws of nature and nature’s god…” Commentaries of Blackstone

There are some laws that are on the books that are oppressive and unconstitutional made by people with their ‘view of common sense’

 More than $200K and many, many county employee hours have been poured into drafting Title 15 Land Use and Development Ordinances. Employee hours are not tracked against projects.  However, conservatively, the county employee “per hour” cost to tax payers is about $45.00 an hour. This has been going on for approximately  4 years  and no one knows how much money and staff time have been spent

2. Give your assessment of Lyon County’s current economic climate.

My assessment is that unemployment is rampant. The Food banks are doing a land office business. The private sector needs to be freed up from ordinances, regulations, and permits.

3. As a new Lyon County Commissioner what do you believe will be your greatest challenges in the next four years and how would you intend to address them?

My greatest challenges would be:

  • to make the county business environment friendlier
  • to give incentives to bring in businesses
  • to keep the existing businesses from leaving: cottage, industry, agriculture
  • to work on implementing Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act

(Sage grouse)

SEC. 4. 16 U.S.C. 1533 (a) GENERAL.—

(1) The Secretary shall by regulation promulgated in accordance with subsection (b) determine whether any species is an endangered species or a threatened species because of any of the following factors: (C) disease or predation; 

(3) (b) BASIS FOR DETERMINATIONS – (1) (a) The Secretary shall make determinations required by subsection (a)(1) solely on the basis of the best scientific and commercial data available to him after conducting a review of the status of the species and after taking into account those efforts, if any, being made by any State or foreign nation, or any political subdivisionof a State or foreign nation, to protect such species, whether by predator control,protection of habitat and food supply, or other conservation practices, within any area under its jurisdiction, or on the high seas. (emphasis added)

The last time I checked, Lyon County is a political subdivision of the State of Nevada. My remedy would be to:

    • To declare predators, such as raven, as a nuisance
    • To eliminate pinion juniper encroachment under the police powers of Lyon County

4.  It is a long campaign season. Many accusations and assertions are made by candidates. Are there any specific charges or assertions made by your opponent, or others, that you feel are inaccurate or unfair that you would like to answer to?

Yes, it is a long campaign and as far as I know my opponent has made no false charges or accusations against me.

5. Please use this space to elaborate on any specific issue(s) of concern:

My concerns are over-allocation of the water basins, Endangered Species Act,  employment.

Editor’s Note:

I have asked Republican candidates in the Carson City District Attorney and Supervisor races & the Lyon County Sheriff’s and Commissioner races to participate in an online interview

The interview responses will be posted in full, unedited as submitted on NewsDesk (, the CCRW website ( and the Carson City Central Committee website (, and all other GOP associated websites that wish to do so.   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 their local government better than their opponent.

Nancy Dallas, Publisher/Editor NewsDesk (Est. January 2003)


One comment on “Interview – Don Alt, Candidate Lyon County Commissioner District 2
  1. Sandy Marshall says:

    Keller signs all over; big signs! How much has been bankrolled by CMI? That’s right, we won’t know until October.

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