Interview – Greg Hunewill, Candidate County Commissioner District 5

Greg Hunewill

Greg Hunewill


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There are four Republican candidates in this Primary race. The candidate receiving the most votes will advance to the General Election.

District 5 includes Mason and Smith Valleys.  A commissioner must reside in the district they run in, but are elected by a countywide vote.

Greg Hunewill


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1. Give a brief summation of your professional and political background.

I’m one of the owners of Hunewill Construction Company a family business which has been in business for 56 years in Lyon County and Northern Nevada with offices in Wellington and Winnemucca; also co-owner and co-manager of the Mason Valley Country Club and managed the Hunewill 750 acre Alfalfa farm in Mason Valley.

I have been a registered Republican since 1975 and served multiple years on the Lyon County Republican Central Committee, serving as Chairman 3 times. I have served on several local boards such as the Smith Valley Fire District , South Lyon Hospital District Board of Trustees and Smith Valley Advisory Board, but this is the first time I have run for a partisan elective office.

2. Why are you running for this position?

I want to be a commissioner who listens to all citizen’s voices and concerns. I enjoy working as a team and will strive to represent all citizens of Lyon County.

3. What makes you more qualified to serve in this position than your opponents?

I believe my business background and my agricultural knowledge will be beneficial while serving on this board. As a native Nevadan, having been born and raised in Mason and Smith Valleys, I have over 56 years of local knowledge and experience that will assist me in my deliberations as a commissioner.

4. What do you expect to spend on this campaign? Do you intend to spend your own money? To what degree?

Up to $10,000.00 At this point it is all personal loans from myself. I have not solicited any campaign contributions at this time.

5. What do you see as the three most important issues of concern in Lyon County?

The county-wide economy, the uncertainty of funding for the budget and maintenance of the Lyon County road system.

6. Please explain your proposals to resolve these concerns.

• Economy – It’s going to take a shared effort to bring in new business and clean industry, and at the same time keeping in mind the needs of existing businesses.

• Budget Funding – If we are successful in the above this will increase not only the property values and taxes, but also the consolidated taxes which are distributed back to the county.

• Lyon County Road System – I need to become more familiar with the Lyon County road maintenance plan, and what the difficulties are to ensure a sufficient maintenance.

7. Lyon County’s tentative budget was recently approved. As the county’s revenue projections slowly improve, what will be your spending priorities in the coming years?

I believe some services have been hindered by budget cuts and may need to be restored, especially those that are mandatory. As a conservative I also believe the Contingency Fund might be increased if needed.

8. Define your position in regards to following the guidelines as stated within the land use master plan.

The approved guidelines in the land use master plan should be followed. There are procedures in place if the master plan needs to be changed.

9. Do you have any opinions in regards to the privatization of particular aspects of County operations?

Not at this time.

10. The maintenance of Lyon County roads is a perpetual source of concern. What ideas could you offer to help resolve/improve these issues?

See answer in #6.

11. The State Legislature has found innovative ways to circumvent the state law banning the passing down of unfunded mandates to local governing entities. What is your position in regards to using such actions to fund state needs?

There is a reason for the State law banning the passing down of unfunded mandates to local governing entities and the State Legislature should abide by the law. Local governments already have a difficult time meeting their mandatory services with their limited budgets and means of securing additional funding.

12. What, if anything, do you think could be done to offer greater transparency within Lyon County government?

In my opinion, if you feel Lyon County is not being transparent, there are means to find out the answers to your concerns – contact your county commissioner, county manager or county department heads. We need to encourage more participation and information sharing through local entities, such as advisory councils.

13. With annual approval by Congress required, the Federal government pays state and local governments for the public lands (exempt from local taxation) within their jurisdiction (P.I.L.T.). Approximately 87-percent of Nevada is owned by Federal entities. Define your position in regards to states & local entities taking control of (Federal government relinquishing ownership to) all or a portion of these lands.

On the surface my gut feeling is the land should be controlled by state and local entities; but on second thought, it is important to assess a cost of doing such, and how the funding to do so would be generated. The Federal Government needs to do a better job of including the county in their decisions concerning the public lands within Lyon County.

14. It appears that millions of acres of Nevada lands are destined to have the sage grouse (among other species) listed as a protected species. What is your position in regards to this issue? Explain.

Personally I feel the sage grouse should not be placed on the Endangered Species List. The Bi-State Local Area Working Group (LAWG) has been meeting and working towards the conservation and recovery of sage grouse while minimizing negative impacts to the agricultural economy since 2002, and were involved in the creation of the Bi-State Action Plan. Hopefully their ongoing efforts will keep the sage grouse from being listed which would definitely help the farmers, ranchers and landowners in Lyon County.

15. Define you position on fracking and possible use of this technology in Lyon County.

At this time I am not knowledgeable about fracking and need to do more research concerning this process of extracting natural gas and oil. (I am aware that the Bureau of Land Management in Elko County has sold leases for fracking already.)

16. 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:

11 comments on “Interview – Greg Hunewill, Candidate County Commissioner District 5
  1. Milton says:


    You seem somewhat disenchanted with the fact that Hunewill won the Primary. In a recent interview with the RGJ, Hunewill was quoted as saying he was “shocked” that he actually won the Primary. We were not shocked. We voted for him. We are a rather large and growing group of citizens who realize that the only real power we have is at the ballot box. We have had enough of the corruption and fraud being perpetrated on the citizens of Lyon County. We are taking matters into our own hands, and we are holding those in power accountable. We vote as a block, and there are enough of us on board now to significantly influence the outcome of any Lyon County election.

    If you think about it, what better way was there for us to knock Arellano out of the running and end his career? As of Tuesday June 10, Virgil Arellano was paid in full for his part in the Nuisance Ordinance and his various other offenses against the citizens of Lyon County. We are now going to turn on Hunewill and Keller with a vengeance. Join us!

    A “Virginia revolt?” Sounds interesting. Tell me more.

    • Sandy Marshall says:

      Virginia revolt happened when Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader, got beat by a no name who only spent $122,000 to Cantor’s $5,000,000 on the campaign. Cantor’s district seemed fed up by not having a true representative. Lyon County is in the same place, Hastings has been bought by Comstock Mining, to the tune of $17,500, and Keller’s husband is basically and employee of Comstock Mining. Keller didn’t pay taxes or business license fees until she got caught, and says more people will identify with her because of it! Lyon County is corrupt, and it is time for a house cleaning.

  2. Sandy Marshall says:

    Good to see a Hastings/Keller pick wins! I’m sure Comstock had a hand. We need to do a Virginia, revolt and get rid of the money and the cronies!

  3. Milton says:

    Dear Politicalphd,

    Wow, I’m impressed. You have figured out who we supporting. You’re not just a PhD, you must be a bloomin genius!

    Unfortunately Doctor Hooey, you have not been able to respond intelligently to even one fact during our recent and ongoing dialog. I’m afraid it is time for you to take the Walk of Shame. Now take three steps forward, face the camera, and repeat after me. “I am the politicalphd, I am Virgil’s reelection campaign manager, and I am NOT smarter than a 5th Grader.” [ a round of applause from the audience] “Johnny, what do we have for our loser?” “Well Jeff, we have four more years of Virgil trying to stuff the nuisance ordinance up the taxpayer’s ying yang.” “Yes Jeff, after failing miserably on his first attempt, Virgil has now incorporated the nuisance ordinance into Lyon Coumty’s new Land Use and Development Code, and also into the county’s Community Plans.” [ a round of applause from Doctor Hooey and his Zealots] [Doctor Hooey speaking] “We just want to help Virgil finish the job he has started.” [More applause from the Zealots] [Theme song begins] “Are you smarter than a 5th grader….

  4. politicalphd says:

    BTW, Milton (with NO last name), it is totally impossible to respond to YOUR utterly mythical fabrications, BS and rhetoric, when you never posted any FACTS in the first place.

    Enjoy your twisted fabrications, and incorrect political ravings.

    I await the onslaught of ALL your pals, with their own fabrications, BS, and purposely created misinformation against that one candidate you are so intent on slandering.

    Oh, yeah…just one question for you, answer truthfully (for a change), why haven’t all those mythical pals of yours posted here previously? Make sure they all register as different persons/users, wouldn’t want to see a bunch of users come on that were, in fact, YOU alone.

  5. politicalphd says:

    Looking forward to it, now that you have let us know just whom it is you are so fervently attempting to get elected.

  6. Milton says:

    Dear Politicalphd, (PhD Unverified)

    You have certainly topped all expectations. Who would have thought that you would be slinking around the other candidate’s interviews, dropping little negative comments and innuendo while pretending to be genuinely interested in that candidate. Don’t worry though, nobody will figure out what you are up to. Your secret is safe with me. I won’t tell a soul, honest. You and Virgil make such a great pair.

    Bad news, Doctor Hooey. We have some people who ARE actually well educated, and they have made some startling observations from reading your drivel. We will be discussing those observations in more detail real soon.

  7. politicalphd says:

    Nancy Dallas, I am putting this here, because there isn’t an “open comment” section of the site, NOT separate from the articles. I was here on this topic, so, I am just going to ask.

    As you, and a lot of others of us are also have an INDEPENDENT running for Lyon County Commissioner, A Smith Valley resident, John Roemer.

    I realize Independents caucus with Democrats, but, would it be beneficial to all to have his views, plans, and other information present here, to compare, read, ingest, as well as the Republican candidates here as well?

    It is just a thought. It could get very interesting to see the political opposition’s plans, goals, adversities, although a fair number of us already know them.

  8. politicalphd says:

    I would really appreciarte this candidate coming to this forum, to this topic, and responding a lot more specifically, and, in depth to the statements he made above regarding:

    County roads
    Transparency, in that whom is not being open/accessible to all county residents, and/or questions
    Land use, the problems still existing, and new problems/issues that will be created in the new version of the County Master Plan, Zoning, namely a hidden nuisance ordinance, round 2

    “At this time I am not knowledgeable about fracking and need to do more research concerning this process of extracting natural gas and oil. (I am aware that the Bureau of Land Management in Elko County has sold leases for fracking already.)”

    Why aren’t you familiar with this process, and the advantages, adversities of this process, sir? Have you done the research you indicated you needed to do about the topic? What have you found out? Your revised views on this subject, please.

    Commendable that you agree with just about everybody but Harry Reid and radical liberal operatives in condemning the sage grouse. At least, you are firmly with the rest of us.

    This is 2014, not a decade ago, what is YOUR plan for Lyon county, and more importantly, what new laws and/or ordinances will force Lyon County residents to abide with, please? what advantages, adversities do you have in mind to forcefully impose upon the rest of us, under new laws YOU will create, sir?

    This is all of our county, sir, all of ours, what do you actually have planned for us, please?

  9. politicalphd says:

    I just read part oc a monthly column written by Charles Lawson, a regular contributor to the Mason Valley News, and a known radical leftist, that stated Candidate Hunewill was basically the perfect candidate to become a Lyon County /commissioner, EXCEPT that he was “in the wrong political party”. I believe Lawson wrote in sincerity, NOT comedy.

    I freely admit I have never met Hunewill in person, only know of him by conversations with others, and articles regarding this election, so, I cannot form an educated opinion abut this candidate. However, if Lawson states he is the perfect candidate, save for he being a Republican, then I would need significant further information abut the candidate and how he plans to serve all Lyon County residents, not only the ones in what would be his District 5.

    So, my question will sound very harsh, but, it should be asked. Is Candidate Hunewill what is referred to as a “RINO”? I would sure like to know, as what government officials have the ability to do, is force citizens to live by and under the laws and ordinances they alone vote on, in my, and all our names.

    I am NOT defaming Candidate Hunewill, nor asserting he is anything more than a concerned Republican citizen that thinks he can make a positive difference, but, in what context, what “vision”? Does his vision, and context align with the “vision” of ALL the population of Lyon County and its residents, or, is there other vision that won’t benefit us?

    I would hope Candidate Hunewill would take the time to add to this interview here on this web site, as I, and I know there have to be others, that really would like clarification, and more information to some of this candidate’s answers in the interview above, past his unintentional vagueness.

  10. politicalphd says:

    There are more than a few issues in this interview that are more than simply vague. Further clarification should be made by the candidate.

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