Nye County and rural Clark County



There are three Republican candidates for the AD36 seat.  Rusty Stanberry is the only one to respond to the interview request.  Incumbent James Oscarson and Tina Trenner did not respond.  The winner of the Primary Election will face a Libertarian in the General Election.

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

I joined the Navy after high school and turned 18 in boot camp. It was there I gained a love for my country and the freedoms we were protecting. I moved to Las Vegas shortly after and worked in the retail industry watching the valley grow over the last 25 years. I moved into the IT field when I got engaged, moving up into a career as a Business Analyst. I have saved companies millions of dollars on their bottom line by working to bring in the best applications and processes. I am not a politician, but believe that it is my time to give back to the state that I call home.

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

My district is considered to be the rural area surrounding Las Vegas. Nye County has always been the place where the leadership of the area has come from. I, however, live in the NW corner of the Vegas Valley; this makes me centrally located to be anywhere needed in the district quickly. District 36 residents fight hard to keep what is theirs, be it water rights, wages or land, and they do not want the continued government overreach to continue. We have a more mature makeup of home owners and there are many veterans like myself.

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

  • After the largest Tax increase in Nevada history was voted in by our current incumbent I wanted to do my part by being part of the change, instead of just complaining. James Oscarson has not acted on the conservative republican values on which he was elected and has failed our District. Oscarson is part of the problem, not the solution for Nevada.
  • I have great insight on the inner workings of Nevada politics and have been endorsed by Business Leader in Nevada and Veterans groups. I can make headway through the fray of the legislature and have a great skillset to get people working together.

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 believe no new taxes should be asked for without showing cuts in another area, those new taxes should also be voted on by the public.  I will be working with Common Sense Republicans looking for any way we can cut the budget by streamlining departments and processes.

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

  • Repealing the Commerce Tax
  • Repealing Common Core
  • Breaking up the CCSD and demanding more transparency

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.)

No on 1 and Yes on 2.

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

I am opposed to any changes in the current minimum wage laws. According to the 2015 OES report, Nevada is paying around $10 an hour for current Fast Food employee wages.  That is what California will move to in 2017 with the new law in effect.  This proves that a strong economy can move wages faster than government intervention can.

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

I am not opposed to any exploration of these sources of Nevada’s resources if available. Unfortunately, most all Nevada land now belongs to the BLM and getting access and licensing will not be easy.

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:

We need to make sure Job Growth and Career Opportunities stay on the radar to make our area become a beacon to the people that want to find a great community outside of the Valley.

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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