Lisa Krasner – Assembly District 26


Incline/Crystal Bay, Mt. Rose corridor, west Washoe County, south Reno

Lisa Krasner

Lisa Krasner

 The only two candidates for Assembly District 26 are both Republicans – Jason Guinasso and Lisa Krasner. Both responded to this interview request.  The winner of the Primary Election will advance to the General Election unopposed.

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

  • Lisa Krasner, Republican Candidate for Assembly District 26
  • College Instructor- Truckee Meadows Community College – (T.M.C.C, Reno, NV.) 2013- present – Teach courses on United States Constitution, Nevada Constitution, Political Science Dept.
  • College Instructor/-Associate Faculty- University of Phoenix. Northern Nevada Campus – 2009 -2016- Teach courses in United States Constitution, Nevada Constitution; Political Science, Advocacy & Mediation; Business Law, State & Local Political Processes, Critical Thinking.
  • Arbitrator- Better Business Bureau – Sept. 2012- Present
  • League of Better Business Bureaus, Arlington, Virginia
  • Commissioner, State of Nevada Commission on Aging and Disability – Jan. 2013-Present
  • Commissioner, City of Reno Parks & Recreation Commission – May 2005 – May 2012


  • University of LaVerne College of Law – Juris Doctor Degree
  • University of CA Los Angeles, (U.C.L.A.) – Bachelor’s Degree


  • Washoe County Republican Central Committee – Member – January 2013-Present
  • Alliance with Washoe County Medical Society (AWCMS) – Board of Directors-1st Vice President
  • Alliance Washoe County Medical Society – Member – 2005 – Present
  • Incline Village/ Crystal Bay Republican Women – Member
  • Mt. Rose Republican Women – Associate Member
  • Washoe Republican Women – Associate Member
  • Republican Women of Reno- Associate Member
  • P.T.A. Board of Directors – Hunsberger Elementary-Vice President –(former member)
  • State of NV PTA- Board Member At Large – (former member)
  • Reno Philharmonic Guild – President – Dec. 2009 – Dec. 2011
  • Reno Philharmonic Association Board of Trustees – Board Member – 2009-2011
  • Junior Achievement Instructor – Hunsberger Elementary School – 2010-2014
  • Junior league of Reno (former member)
  • Judge- We the People – University of Nevada Reno Competition on the U.S. Constitution

2. Define your district – general geographic boundaries, demographic make-up and political balance.

Assembly District 26 extends from Incline Village across Mount Rose Hwy into Galena Forest, Montreux, Callahan Ranch, The Estates at Mt. Rose, Rolling Hills, Double Diamond, Damonte Ranch, Arrowcreek, Field Creek, Zolezzi area, Old Southwest Reno, S. Virginia Street near the Meadowood Mall, and Hidden Valley.

3. Why are you running for this position? What makes you more qualified than your Republican opponent to serve in this position?

I am running for Assembly District 26 because I care about our community and the people who live here. I believe we need a representative who listens to us and represents the voice of the people. I believe that Nevada must maintain a low tax , low regulatory environment for businesses, so that businesses can thrive and compete. Businesses create jobs for our neighbors. I believe in limited government, individual responsibility and personal freedom. I am an advocate for the people, and as your Assemblywoman will be beholden only to the people. I am not the Establishment candidate. I am the people’s candidate.

What makes me more qualified? My education, experience and extensive community service here in Assembly District 26. I am familiar with the people and issues that are specific to this district. My family has lived in Assembly District 26 for more than a decade; my opponent does not live in the district.

4. There is a well noted and ongoing split among many in the Nevada Republican Party. Define your philosophy in regards to this ‘moderate conservative’ versus ‘tea party’ divisiveness.

I am a Conservative Republican.  

5. What are the three most important issues relating to your district and/or the state? How will you legislatively address them?

Economic development and job creation – Limited government; Low taxes on individuals and businesses; and, Fiscally conservative policies, so that businesses can grow and thrive. It is not the governments job to pick winners and losers..

Education – I favor local parental control over educations. ESA vouchers, expansion of Charter Schools, Read by Three, Opportunity Scholarships, Home schooling. No two children are the same. We need to invest in our children. They are the future of our state and our country. I am opposed to common core and data collection on our kids. I believe tax dollars should be directed to kids in the classroom and quality pay for quality teachers.

Transparency in government – Elected representatives should always be accountable to the people, and represent the people. Abraham Lincoln said, “A government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish”. As your Assemblywoman, I will represent you in your government.

6. What is your position in regards to the current initiatives? (Question 1 addresses firearms and would require that an unlicensed person who wishes to sell or transfer a firearm to another person conduct the transfer through a licensed gun dealer who runs a background check. Question 2 addresses marijuana. If approved by voters, the measure would legalize the drug for adults and put the tax revenue from the sale of the drug toward education funding.)

I am opposed to Question 1. I am a supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights under the Constitution. I am an NRA member and received an “A” rating from the NRA.

I am opposed to Question 2. I am opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana.

7. What is your position in regards to increasing the minimum wage in Nevada?

I oppose any increase in the minimum wage at this time. Jobs designated as entry level and minimum wage positions, were never intended to be a life-long career for people, but rather a stepping stone to a future career

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

Fracking is used to tap oil and gas deposits deep beneath the soil at a level otherwise unreachable by conventional drilling operations. Fracking allows for horizontal drilling deep underground, accessing more deposits than possible with a vertical well. I am supportive of the Mining industry in Nevada. The mining industry creates jobs for our neighbors that live in Nevada. Obviously it is important to be mindful of the balance of health and safety, particularly underground water safety.

9. 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:

The Commerce Tax – I am opposed to the commerce tax passed in the 2015 NV legislature over the will of the voters; it is the largest tax hike in Nevada history, 1.4 Billion dollars. The Republican voters in my district are angry about the passage of the commerce tax.  My opponent supports the commerce tax.

EDITOR: This is one in a series of online interviews with Republican candidates. All Republican candidates with Primary races were contacted – US Senate, US Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, Carson City Mayor and Lyon County Commissioner. The responses are posted as the candidates presented them to me – no editing.  These interviews will be posted in no particular order and, obviously, all races are not of interest in everyone’s particular district; however, NewsDesk readership ( is spread throughout the state so all responses will be posted. You are welcome to repost any of the interviews as long as proper credit is given to NewsDesk.

Primary election day is Tuesday, June 14, 2016. If the candidates in a particular Primary all belong to the same party, the winner will be determined in the Primary and go to the General Election ballot unopposed.

Dates to remember:

  • May 14 – Last day to register to vote by mail
  • May 24 – Last day to register to vote in the Primary
  • May 28-June 19 – Early voting
  • June 14 – Primary Election

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