Interview – Richard Bunce, Republican Assembly District 22

Richard Bunce

Richard Bunce


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Assembly District 22 is located in south Las Vegas in the Henderson area. There are two candidates in this Primary race – Lynn Stewart did not respond to this interview. (Email:  Website:

Richard Bunce




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

I am a Software Engineer, building website for Large and small businesses. I have been a Republican grass root activist in Nevada for eight years, helping frame the Republican platform and helping elect some of our most conservative elected officials across the country.

2. Define your district – geographic boundaries, demographic makeup, and political balance.

Assembly 22 is a Republican district south of I-215, west of Boulder Highway and east of Pecos.

3. If this is your first time running for office (or this position), why are you running for this position? If you are an incumbent, what have been your top accomplishments as a legislator?

This is the first office I have run for.

4. What makes you more qualified to serve in this position than your opponent?

Assembly 22 is a Republican district and it should be represented by someone that believes in the Republican platform of smaller government and more personal freedom. My opponent has repeatedly voted for higher taxes and more government intervention into our lives as demonstrated by his votes for Obamacare.

5. There is a well-publicized, on-going philosophical split among many in the Republican Party. Describe your political philosophy in relation to this ‘moderate’ conservative versus ‘tea party’ conservative divide.

I have worked to help many tea party candidates get elected across the country including Rand Paul and Thomas Massie in Kentucky.

6. What do you see as the three most important issues related to your district?

• Obamacare regulations destroying jobs.

• The high cost of doing business from taxes destroying jobs.

• Then big government regulations preventing and destroying jobs.

7. What do you see as the top three legislative priorities?

• Reduce the impact of Obamacare on our citizens and businesses.

• Reduce the cost of doing business in Nevada by reducing things such as payroll taxes.

• Fight to implement more choice in our school system.

8. What is your position in regards to the taxes imposed in 2009 that were to ‘sunset’ in 2011, but were re-approved by the 2011 and 2013 legislature?

The closest thing to immortality is a temporary government program. We should never be tricked by those that say this will only be temporary. When normal citizens have to cut back, so does government.

9. Describe how you would address improving the performance of Nevada’s public schools.

Give more power to the parents to decide where and how their children are educated. Competition in the school system will solve most of the problems. Give principals more power to fire bad teachers, and reward good teachers.

10. To what degree should the State support Charter Schools and those students opting to attend a school outside their district?

Parents should have every option available to educate their child.

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?

Unfunded mandates create unneeded fights between the state and counties, programs must be prioritized and when the money is allocated out to the programs with the highest priorities than it is done.

12. Describe your position in regards to Nevada’s Right to Work law and unionization of State employees.

Workers have the right of free association and paying dues should not be required for employment.

13. What is your position in regards to increasing Nevada’s minimum wage?

Minimum wage prices jobs out and causes higher unemployment.

14. Do you believe the gaming and mining industries pay ‘their fair share’ in contributing to the state’s economy? Explain.

Fair share doesn’t mean anything. What should be talked about is equal apportioned share, something that can be measured objectively.

15. In 1979 Nevada passed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. It was repealed eight years later (1987). What is your position in regards to Nevada once again legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes? Legalizing the sale of marijuana, period?

This will be a great source of revenue for the county and state which is completely user fee based.

16. What is your view of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Nevada?

It will cause unneeded economic woe on the state in the coming years and it must be repealed and replaced with a system that delivers choice and actual affordability to our citizens.

17. Define you position on fracking and other means of oil exploration in Nevada. Do you support coal fired plants?

The Market will determine our best source of energy based on price. As technology improves lowering the price of alternatives in comparison to oil, gas and coal the market will naturally move to them.

18. In efforts to bring new businesses to Nevada, the Catalyst Fund was established. This is funded by state tax dollars. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development receives and then votes on applications from businesses and, through local governmental entities, subsidizes those selected. What is your position in regards to the Catalyst Fund? Do you have other ideas to encourage new businesses to locate in Nevada?

Corporate welfare is not a valid use of taxpayer dollars. Instead simply lowering the cost of doing business by the amount of money that want to give out to favored companies by lower payroll taxes and licensing fees will create new jobs and allow existing companies to expand. If we are cheaper to do business in than other states, companies will move here.

19. Do you support “campus carry” legislation allowing licensed CCW permit holders over the age of 21 to carry their weapons on Nevada college and university campuses? Would you extend the same right to secondary school campuses?

Everyone being able to protect themselves at all times is a fundamental right. Criminals do not care about laws, so gun free zones only make sure that honest and law abiding citizens are unarmed.

20. 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:



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