LYON COUNTY COMMISSIONER, District 5 – 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.
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: