SHARRON ANGLE – U.S. SENATE
There are two major Republican candidates in this race for the seat vacated by U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Dr. Joe Heck and Sharron Angle both responded to this interview request. It was the NewsDesk editor’s decision to not invite the other seven Republican candidates to participate. The winner of the Primary will face a Democrat, a non-partisan and IAP opponent in the General election.
There are 18 total candidates running for this U.S. Senate seat – 9 Republicans; 4 Democrats; 4 No Political Party; and 1 IAP. Four candidates are from the Reno/Sparks area and 14 from the Las Vegas/Henderson area.
1. Please post a short personal resume:
My family moved to Reno when I was three to buy a small business- a motel. I graduated from Wooster High School and UNR with a major in Art and education. I married Ted Angle 46 years ago. We have two children and 10 grandchildren. I became involved in politics when my youngest child failed kindergarten and an activist judge told me that the law in Nevada said I could homeschool my children but the law should say you can’t homeschool your children unless you live more than 50 miles from the nearest public school. I joined others to pass laws that allowed homeschooling in Nevada. I’ve lived in Ely, Winnemucca and Tonopah. I served a term on the Nye County School Board and 4 terms in the Nevada State Legislature. My accomplishments are passage of one of the most freeing homeschool laws in the nation, a fight to protect our Nevada State Constitutional 2/3 requirement to raise taxes and fees all the way to the Supreme Court, the Nevada Reading Excellence Act, and A Motorcycle Safety law. I am running on Freedom – introducing the Healthcare Freedom Act which gives Nevada the freedom to choose their own healthcare insurance solutions not the government, Privacy – introducing the Pupil Privacy Protection Act that requires parental consent to use information collected through testing outside the local school district, and Security – introducing the voter ID act to help secure fair and honest elections.
2. You and your Primary opponents are running for an open U.S. Senate seat. You both are well experienced in the political world. Define your strengths and why you would better serve in this position than your Republican opponent.
There are nine Republicans in the primary. Only two have legislative experience. I have proven my courage on more than one occasion to stand alone on Constitutional principles and my oath of office. I have been able to pass legislation without compromising those values even though I was always in the minority position during my legislative career. In the Republican caucus Nevada Republicans mandated the need for strong leaders not Washington DC incumbents who will “go along to get along” voting more often with the Democrats than the Republicans.
3. Would you consider your political ideology different than that of your opponent?
My record is clear, “There is no dispute that Angle is the conservative in this race” according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. I was often the only “no” vote against unconstitutional laws such as our property tax law, tax and fee increases, and unfunded mandates. My opponent with a Legislative record has voted for amnesty, funding Obamacare and Planned Parenthood, and gun control. He has voted the majority of the time with the Democrats in Congress earning him a 38% conservative rating from conservativereview.com as compared to Senator Mike Lee who has a 100% conservative rating.
4. Explain your position in regards to:
- Immigration issues –Secure the borders and enforce the laws.
- Public lands issues – The tenth amendment provides for the transfer of public lands to State control.
- Obamacare – A failed program that is unconstitutional and must be repealed.
- The minimum wage issue – from a national perspective –Minimum wage stifles the economy and minimizes entry level jobs for those needing to be trained or just entering the workforce.
5. As a U.S. Senator, what do you believe will be your greatest challenges? How will you address them?
The greatest challenge is to see clearly how each piece of legislation will affect Nevada and the nation and to remain constant in adherence to Constitutional principles under the pressures of lobbyists, special interests, and other politicians. I will read all legislation and live in my state rather than DC, only visiting the U.S. capital as required to perform my duties as a U.S. Senator.
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?
My greatest opposition has come from the media in the form of relying on biased stories from 2010 that inaccurately portrayed me as a person and my stands on the issues. I have written two well-documented books that reveal the truth about what happened during that election cycle.
7. Please use this space to elaborate on any issue not covered above:
Nevadans and Americans desire a repeal of the income tax, term limits, investigation of government scandals and reforms, a return to the Constitutional principles of a less regulatory federal government and healthcare choices for all Americans especially our Veterans and military. I will introduce legislation to downsize the Federal government, promote choice in education and healthcare, promote term limits and bring true tax reforms.
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