STEVE SANSON – ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 13
This district encompasses the northwest portion of Las Vegas, east of US 95 and west of Decatur
The three filed candidates in this race are Republicans, meaning the winner of the Primary will be placed on the General Election ballot unopposed. Of the three candidates, only Steve Sanson responded to the request for an interview. Assembly District 13 Incumbent Paul Anderson and Leonard Foster did not respond.
1. Give a brief summation of your political and professional background.
- Steve Sanson’s strong commitment to his country and his community has been demonstrated through his leadership and service in the United States Marine Corps in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm, which earned him the distinguishing Certificate of Commendation from the United States Marine Corps. Sanson served in the Marine Corps from 1985 to 1991 and the United States Army from 1992 to 1998 and is a Desert Storm Veteran. Sanson is also 100% disabled from injuries sustained during Operation Desert Storm.
- Sanson is the President for Veterans In Politics International a non-partisan group that endorses candidates to elected seat and a military watchdog for veteran’s rights. Sanson has been actively involved with his group in 2004 by endorsing the best candidates to represent the people of Nevada in all elections. Sanson’s group schedules interviews that are open to the public and invite all candidates to participate in a forum. Sanson’s group endorses candidates from each seat, presents the winners with the endorsement and markets each candidate to the voters. Sanson is also in charge of several chapters across the country and in Canada.
- Sanson has testified in front of our Nevada State Legislature on various Veteran issues which include the following: 1) Assembly Bill 3 keeping the ‘state recognized veteran cemeteries’ to have green landscaping 2) Assembly Bill 187 a Veterans Court to give the veterans of Nevada a chance for treatment instead of incarceration, especially those veterans that suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sanson also went to Carson City several times to meet with our Governor and the Assembly and Senate to insure that bills are passed. Sanson also spoke on behalf of Veterans In Politics in front of the EOD to keep nuclear waste out of Nevada. Sanson was instrumental in meeting with all the judges in Southern Nevada to have a Veterans Court established within North Las Vegas Municipal and Justice, Henderson Municipal and Justice, Las Vegas Municipal and Justice, and Clark County District Courts.
- Sanson also sponsored placing the name “Veteran” on our Nevada Driver’s License to inform police officers that the individual before them is a military veteran just in case de-escalation is needed. Sanson spearheaded a fight against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police on their need to change policies when dealing with veterans that might have PTSD.
- Sanson has put a campaign together to educate the public and the legislature on passing a law to protect Service Members Service Connected Disability Benefits not to be used in Family Court Alimony Cases.
- Sanson and his group Veterans In Politics went to Washington DC campaigning for a Veteran Insurance Card; which would allow veterans to visit any hospital, clinic, or doctor of their choice.
- Sanson promotes active participation in the election process for our citizens to be educated on candidates and get involve both locally and nationally by eligible voters. Sanson is also the host of Veterans In Politics an Internet Talk Show on VegasAllNetRadio.com every Saturday afternoon, discussing issues that concern the community with distinguished members of our community.
- Sanson is also the host of “Eye On Nevada Politics” radio talk show on KLAV 1230-AM every Tuesday night, bringing guests onto the program that are elected officials, candidates, and people in leadership position. Sanson used his unique ability by rotating co-host to give the average person a chance to be on the radio, ask questions of the guest, and get involved in the political process by being an educated voter.
- Sanson has the Nevada Governor appointment to the Southern Nevada Veteran Cemetery Advisory Board from 2007-2011. Sanson was also a candidate for Las Vegas City Council Ward 6 in 2004 and Clark County Public Administrator in 2006 and 2010. Sanson received the third Nevada Veteran Service Award by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Director of Nevada Veterans Service Caleb Cage and a Congressional Recognition from Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley in 2013. Nevada has a veteran population of 340,000. Sanson also receive a recognition letter for community involvement from Las Vegas City Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
- Sanson and his group received a Las Vegas City Proclamation from the Las Vegas City Council, recognition from North Las Vegas and Henderson City Council, and recognition from Canyon Springs High School for helping them with the “Shadow a Judge” program.
- Sanson was instrumental by having the City of Las Vegas presenting a Proclamation to the United Sates Marine Corps active and inactive in 2007.
- Sanson was also instrumental by bringing light to the discrimination against the Marine Riders Las Vegas.
- Sanson was also a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “Use of Force Board” in 2009.
- Sanson and a small group of veterans shinned a light onto the desperate need of a USO Military Lounge at McCarran Airport.
- Sanson was nominated as the 2015 Distinguished Men in Nevada.
2. Define your district – general geographic boundaries, demographic make-up and political balance.
Click below for AD13 map: (In the Northwest)
North of Ann Road and South of Kyle Canyon Road
East of the 95 Freeway and West of North Decatur Blvd.
3. Why are you running for this position? What makes you more qualified than your Republican opponent to serve in this position?
Most of you know who I am. What you may not know—is that Nevada is ranked the fifth most corrupt state in the Union.
I have been exposing corruption in this State since 1998, starting with former Clark County Commissioner Erin Kenny. In 2004, I joined the “Veterans In Politics,” becoming President in 2005 and changing the name to “Veterans In Politics International (‘VIPI’),” after the creation of Chapters in several states and Canada. I have been fighting corruption since 1998, and in so doing—became a target of the corrupt.
I have been offered financial “benefits,” received death threats against myself and my family, faced fact-absent, baseless gossip and rumors proffered as attempts to discredit me, attempts to undermine my organization through the establishment of other groups using nearly identical names and infringing upon the good-will and rapport VIPI has earned, and exposed high-profile, unethical abuses of campaign/election laws used as “currency” for organizational endorsements.
I have faced corruption, and exposed corrupters, because of my endless love for this Country, State, and our Community. My civil service is my commitment to protecting our citizenry at home. I served to protect our citizenry abroad—when I served six years in the United States Marine Corps, six years in the United States Army, and during my deployment in the first Gulf War. The enemy of the people is not always a combatant; it is sometimes our trusted electorate (or those serving below them). I continue to commit my life to serving you by offering protection against deceit, unfairness, and misappropriation of trust and money. Where I cannot protect with prevention, I seek to protect by exposure.
I have championed for Veterans’ rights tirelessly and endlessly, despite facing attacks upon my integrity by persons aggrieved by exposure for their false promises, unethical behavior, and attempts to mislead their constituents. I have testified and lobbied before our Legislature for the creation of a Veterans Court, to protect Service Connected Disabilities Benefits, sought placement of a Veteran “designation” on the Nevada driver’s license in an effort to deescalate potential situations during detainments by law enforcement, and lobbied for a mandatory Critical Incident Training for police officers.
I served as a two-term, board member appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons, for the Southern Nevada Veteran Cemetery Advisory Board. I am the third person in the State to receive Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointment as Nevada’s Veteran of the Month. I have lobbied in Washington, D.C. for the creation of a Veterans Insurance Plan to afford veterans the ability to seek treatment from private healthcare providers due to the lack of a VA Hospital in Southern Nevada. I lobbied the Clark County Commission for a USO or military hospitality lounge at McCarran airport. I created the first ever Proclamation to the United States Marine Corps with the Las Vegas City Council. I lobbied the Las Vegas City Council for awareness and to end discrimination against the Marine Riders, and the Clark County Board of School Trustees to change their bylaws and name a school after a fallen Nevada Veteran. My list continues and is too large to list each and every act I have done to support Nevada Veterans, and the community as a whole—this is because I have dedicated my life to this service.
I have helped educate voters on candidates by organizing videotaped interviews (open to the public), and by hosting live radio show programs. I have hosted the Veterans In Politics talk show for the past eleven (11) years, motivated by the opportunity to educate the public on candidates and encouraging the listeners to be involved in the political landscape.
My involvement with Veterans In Politics International is my honor, and I serve without pay. I take seriously my duties, making friends and enemies. I have been the first to admit and rectify mistakes that have been made when candidates have won the support of Veterans In Politics’ endorsement through misrepresenting themselves and their commitment to this Community. After learning that an individual has used our organization to misrepresent themselves to the public, we have humbly shared our error with the public and given the individual an opportunity to explain themselves. As you may guess, we are not often taken up on this opportunity because these individuals hoped their behavior would have gone undiscovered. My loyalty is to justice, fairness, and truth—not people who disrespect these fundamental values at the expense of our Community.
I have a very lengthy track record of community involvement. Some candidates only get involve in the community when they need your vote. They make no time outside of this, tending to their personal lives and ignoring the concerns and needs of the Community until they stand to gain from listening. Some incumbents lose the true meaning of a “Public Servant,” becoming self-involved, and corrupt with their newly found power and money. They lie to the face of their voters, going directly against your will, feeding you with rhetoric aimed to confuse you. Can you imagine what is done behind your back?
I have been consistently involved since 2003, believing I can bring about change to make a better Community for all. I could not have done this without the help and dedication of many Nevadans who share a similar commitment to restoring honor and faith in those serving in public offices. I hope you will join me as I continue this crusade in the Assembly, working together for a better Nevada.
While my candidacy is for Nevada State Assembly District 13, I will be one of 42 votes that will affect everyone in this Great State. My commitment to leadership and transparency will continue and I pledge to open the minds and ears of the other 41 voting assemblypersons so that your voices can be heard.
I am asking for your support. We cannot continue the same path, with the same people, and the same poor decisions and expect a different result. I have proven my ability to bring together a diverse community, and have earned credibility for my dedication to fairness. My dissenters may categorize me as aggressive and harsh when exposing immorality—however that is the type of representative you need to make sure your concerns are being heard. I will fight for you, I already have been—you just may not have known until now.
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 believe that I am a combination of the two. When the situation calls for issues in your home government should stay out of family matters. When it comes to your tax dollars we need to do a forensic audit on every governmental department to determine wasteful spending of tax dollars.
5. What are the three most important issues relating to your district and/or the state? How will you legislatively address them?
- Public corruption needs to be dealt with, we need to give agencies a lot more authority in dealing with complaints filed against elected officials.
- We need to strengthen the Veterans Court law, making it not open for interpretation making Veterans Court available in all levels of our justice system.
- Parental notification is a sin all by itself, my opponent voted for AB405 that would allow a minor to have an abortion without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Really?
- A parent has to sign for a minor at the age of 17 to serve in our military and die for our country. But a 14 year old girl could get an abortion without the parent’s knowledge. This is what we currently have representing Assembly District 13.
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.)
#1 – I believe that before you could have a weapon you need to go through a background check, let’s use the current laws that are on the books.
#2 – I believe in recreational marijuana. It’s great tax revenue and it would eliminate drug dealers on the streets and in our jails. Therefore free up tax dollars in our jails and put our law enforcement to address real crimes.
7. What is your position in regards to increasing the minimum wage in Nevada?
We need to have working Nevadans salaries keep up with the cost of living. If working Nevadans salaries surpass the cost of living it would eliminate crimes and Nevadans would spend more money in our economy.
8. Define your position on fracking and other means of oil exploration in Nevada. Do you support coal fired energy plants?
I support alternative energy that would eliminate us as a country from seeking oil abroad. As a former Marine I am sick and tired of depending on other countries for energy and given them money for them to turn around and purchase weapons of destruction to use against our populist or allies.
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:
Some candidates only get involve in the community when they need your vote. They make no time outside of this, tending to their personal lives and ignoring the concerns and needs of the Community until they stand to gain from listening. Some incumbents lose the true meaning of a “Public Servant,” becoming self-involved, and corrupt with their newly found power and money. They lie to the face of their voters, going directly against your will, feeding you with rhetoric aimed to confuse you. Can you imagine what is done behind your back?
We cannot continue the same path, with the same people, and the same poor decisions and expect a different result. I have proven my ability to bring together a diverse community, and have earned credibility for my dedication to fairness. My dissenters may categorize me as aggressive and harsh when exposing immorality—however that is the type of representative you need to make sure your concerns are being heard. I will fight for you, I already have been—you just may not have known until now. I welcome an opportunity to meet and speak with you at any time.
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