Congressional District 1 encompasses Las Vegas
There are five Republican candidates in this Congressional race. Mary is the only one who responded to the request for an interview. There are also three Democrats, one IAP and one ‘no party’. Only residents living within this district may vote for a candidate in this race.
1. Please post a short personal resume:
- 4/15/2003-present: Law Office of Mary D. Perry, LLC, Sole Practitioner; Managed a solo law practice in highly litigated family law practice. Supervised paralegals, legal assistants, receptionists, and file clerks;
- 9/4/2002 to 4/13/2003: Law Offices of Marshal S. Willick, PC Associate Attorney;
- 11/2001 to 09/2002: Miscellaneous Law Offices for different types of law;
- 6/1/00 to 5/31/01: Nancy Killeen & Associates;
- Law Clerk while attending law school
- 11/1993 to 08/1998: Miscellaneous positions in different fields and attending college;
- 08/1981 to 03/1993: United States Air Force.
- 1998-2001 – William S. Boyd School of Law Juris Doctorate, Charter Class;
- 08/94-05/96 – University of Nevada, Las Vegas Bachelor of Science, Business Administration;
- 08/90-05/93 – Clovis Community College Associates of Arts General Studies;
- 08/84-03/92 – Community College of the Air Force Associates of Applied Science Educational and Instructional Technology.
Affiliations: State Bar of Nevada, Hawaii State Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, American Bar Association, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, BPOE-Elks, League of Women Voters
2. You and your Primary opponents are running for the U.S. Congressional District 1 seat, currently occupied by an incumbent Democrat. Define your qualifications and why you think you are better qualified than your Republican Primary opponents to occupy this seat.
My life experiences give me the edge on my opponents in the Primary. I have many life experiences that, chances are, none of my opponents, including the incumbent, have ever experienced. These experiences place me in a position to better understand more of what real people as a whole, have to deal with, rolled up in just one person.
Prior to joining the military, I worked inside a chemical plant loading and hauling anything from a very small part to a large load of chemicals. I drove a stick shift, two-ton flat bed and learned how to operate a fork lift.
I joined the Air Force when I was 21 years old and was medically discharged eight and a half years later. I had a top secret security clearance and dealt with highly classified information.
I did not begin my higher education until after I was discharged, graduating with a BS in Business Administration in 1996. While working towards my degree, I worked in the casino industry, in positions ranging from a Keno runner to armed security, then in retail, from a sales clerk to assist manager. After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, I worked in the home maintenance industry, and the fast food industry, working myself into being manager of my own restaurant.
After realizing I was getting nowhere fast, I went to law school here in Las Vegas, graduating and passing the bar in 2001. I have run my own law practice for 12 years, performing many hours of pro bono work to clients.
I have worked for less than minimum wage on up. I refuse to lose sight of what it felt like to worry about paying rent and putting food on the table. I refuse to forget what it was like to not have running water or indoor plumbing while growing up. I have been in lowest of income categories and can relate to what the real people are living through.
Living in Las Vegas for 23 years and this Congressional District for 11 years, I watched this district go downhill for the past 6 years. Business may be coming back elsewhere, but I still see the empty strip malls. I walk among the mentally ill homeless, as well as our homeless veterans.
I do not just say I care about our veterans, I am a veteran who understands the special needs of those who served.
I am a survivor of domestic violence, so I don’t just say I care, I truly understand.
While attempting to legislate different subject areas, I will have a vast amount of life experiences to draw from and make a personal determination of what good or what harm will come of the legislation. I have not lived within institutions my entire life. I have actually had to get a real life and live it, just as the majority of the citizens in this country. I understand the people and most of their many needs. It is time we put regular people back into our government.
3. Would you consider your political ideology different than that of your opponents? Explain.
I do not know my opponents political ideology.
I know that I am fiscally conservative and believe the federal government should remain outside of most of the social issues.
The State government should be more important to society than the Federal government.
I believe our Constitutional Rights are being constantly attacked, and that document must be protected.
4. Explain your position in regards to:
National immigration issues – and how these issues relate to Nevada:
- A ”wall” needs to be built, whether it is a virtual wall with all sorts of technology manning it, or it is that big beautiful wall that someone talks about. The flow of illegal immigrants, drug dealers and possible terrorists needs to stop.
- The violent criminals need to immediately be deported after serving their time in prison and face life in prison if they are caught back in the US.
- The “Dreamers” need to be allowed to remain with a path to full citizenship which includes college or military service. If they are unwilling to go to college or military service, then the best they can get is Legal Permanent Resident status, but no fine.
- The rest willingly broke our immigration laws and should not be rewarded for doing such. I believe this group is so large, we cannot deport them, but at best they should have a pathway to become Legal Permanent Residents, but they must learn to speak English.
- E-verify must be strictly enforced. Employers caught hiring illegal immigrants should be given a fine so hefty that it will cost the employer at least twice what they were gaining by hiring the illegal.
- Our immigration policy needs to be revamped so that it does not take so much time to make it into this country. But many immigrants need to understand that this is one of the most sought after countries to migrate towards due to our freedoms and not all can or will be allowed in.
Public lands issues as related to Nevada:
- The Federal government owns 83% of Nevada lands. This is an exorbitant amount. Most of the Mid-west and Eastern States have as little as 4% of their lands owned by the Federal Government.
- The Federal government owns the land where many of our mines are located. Rents are paid to the Federal government, not the State government. If the land was owned by the State, then the State of Nevada would receive the rents or a land owner, if it was privately owned. This is money that could stay in this state instead of the federal government receiving it.
- The Federal government should only own the land where a military base sits and within a small area around the base, federal parks and recreational areas.
- Nevada ranchers have always exercised free range grazing for their livestock. The Federal government should not be allowed to impede this grazing, nor charge a rent when the land is not being used for anything else. If the government owns it, then it is the people’s land and the people should be allowed to use it. (unless it is a military base or park and recreational area)
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is too big to be successful. It is too wide sweeping to be helpful to the most people. It needs to be fixed. If it cannot be fixed, it must be replaced before it is repealed.
The minimum wage issue – from a national perspective and potential effects on Nevada.
- We are already finding the effects of the increase in minimum wage in the cities and states that have already implemented an increase. Businesses are going out of business or automating as many of the lower paying jobs as possible. Small businesses cannot afford this over reaching mandate for entry-level jobs that were never intended to raise a family.
- In California, the clothing industry has already announced it cannot afford the increase and is already shipping jobs elsewhere, including overseas.
- Nevada cannot afford to lose the tourism that it will lose with all these businesses closing their doors. Our main economy is tourism and tourism does not happen when people are not working.
- In Nevada, to afford the increased wages, room rates and food costs will go up. This will cause Nevada to lose even more tourism because it will no longer be a place that the middle or low income visitors can afford to visit.
5. As a first time U.S. Congressman, what do you believe will be your greatest challenges? How will you address them?
The greatest challenge will be getting past the stigma of being a Freshman Congressman. I will show my value due to the many personal experiences I have encountered my entire life.
6. During a campaign season, many accusations/assertions are made by your opponents. Have there been any thus far that you feel are inaccurate or unfair that you would like to respond to?
The only whisper I have heard about is that, if elected, I will raise taxes. This is completely bogus. High taxes are destroying this country’s viability as a leading power. Our spending is ridiculously high. The government must operate within its means, just as a private person or a private business. This country does not have an endless supply of money.
7. Please use this space to elaborate on any issue not covered above:
- This country was built to its glory through the ownership of small business. We need to get back to the thought that the American Dream is to own your own business and be your own boss. The federal government can create more jobs by assisting all citizens who want this, to gain this. It is time this country gets back to her basics.
- Only 17% of Congress are veterans. This means 83% of Congress is trying to tell our veterans what they need without truly understanding. Until one has worn that uniform, one cannot understand the life of our military personnel or what it is to leave that life and re-enter the world of civilians.
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 (www.ndbynd.com) 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