NORM ROSS – REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 8
Assembly District 8 is in Las Vegas
Assembly District 8 has no primary. Norm Ross is the lone Republican candidate. I mistakenly requested an interview and he graciously responded. He will face a Democrat and a Libertarian in the General Election.
1. Give a brief summation of your political and professional background.
I am a licensed Real Estate Broker in California and Nevada, and have practiced for several years.
My involvement in politics is mostly as a volunteer, but I did work as a Consultant to the Chairman of the Finance and Insurance Committee of the California State Assembly for about 9 months, assisting in overhauling the Workers Compensation System in California.
2. Define your district – general geographic boundaries, demographic make-up and political balance.
Assembly District 8 is in Clark County, bounded by Interstate 15 on the East; Durango Drive on the West; Tropicana Avenue on the North, and Robindale on the South. The district is roughly 50% Democrat; 25% Republican; 25% NP, and a few AIP and Libs.
3. Why are you running for this position? What makes you more qualified than your opponents to serve in this position?
I am running because, like many people these days, I am sick and tired of politicians who promise one thing and do another, or nothing at all. I am especially concerned about Asset Forfeiture Laws that need to be revoked, and voter fraud. I have no Republican opponent.
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 fiscal conservative, and make most decisions based on logic and common sense. As such, I do not believe that throwing money after failing programs or systems makes sense and will look for other solutions to challenges facing the state.
5. What are the three most important issues relating to your district and/or the state? How will you legislatively address them?
The three most important issues are:
- Revoking Asset Forfeiture Laws
- Removal of the Commerce Tax
- Protecting our 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights.
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.)
- Although it sounds like a great idea to conduct background checks on people buying firearms, it does not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorist or anyone intent on using a weapon in a crime. Therefore, I am not in favor of records being kept on the transfer of firearms, except for those with a criminal record.
- Marijuana use is a personal choice and should be treated as such, provided it is done so in your personal residence and not allowed in public places such as parks, restaurants, streets, movie theaters, etc. Furthermore, if you are driving under the influence you should go to jail on the spot and pay a heavy fine. Additionally, if it is determined you need medical attention from marijuana, or any other drug use, the medical bill belongs to you, not me.
7. What is your position in regards to increasing the minimum wage in Nevada?
I am opposed to increasing the minimum wage because it isn’t necessary. First, the only people willing to work for minimum wage is high school kids or those unable to find employment because of a lack of skills of any kind, which is very rare. Second, many small businesses cannot afford to pay unskilled workers more than today’s minimum. Consider this, the country with the highest wages in Europe has no minimum wage.
8. Define your position on fracking and other means of oil exploration in Nevada. Do you support coal fired energy plants?
My knowledge of fracking is somewhat limited, but I am aware that it is done extensively in Ohio and North Dakota. Therefore, at this point, I assume it is safe. As for types of energy plants, I prefer Nuclear over coal.
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:
I am for school choice and opposed to Common Core.
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