Northern Nevada Congressional hopeful Chip Evans says, “Make Washington work for families, protect our seniors, and honor our veterans. We are all tired of the dysfunction, obstruction, and partisanship in Washington. Congress needs to get back to working for families like yours and mine, not the special interests who enjoy unfettered influence on our electoral system.”
The Reno businessman and radio personality recently gained the endorsement of U.S Sen. Harry Reid. “Chip Evans is a champion for the middle class and a powerful advocate for fairness and equality,” the U.S. Senate Minority Leader said.
He went on to describe Evans as a man who knows how to get things done. “It’s time to send Congressman Amodei home,” Reid said of the Republican incumbent.
Evans’ political experience includes serving on Reno’s Ward Three Neighborhood Advisory Board. He is a member of the NAACP and was board treasurer of Acting Together in Organizing Northern Nevada, “Out of college I embarked on a successful career in Silicon Valley,” he said. “In 2004, I decided to pursue my entrepreneurial aspirations here in the land of opportunity — northern Nevada.” Evans and is wife of 40 years, Laynette, have three adult children: Daniel, Amy and Annie.
“I’m very interested in making the world a better place,” said Rick Shepherd, who has been an activist for more than a decade. “Now rather than shout at the incumbent, I want to become him.”
Rick is a native of Crescent City, CA, moved to Nevada at age l8. Shepherd grew up in a Republican household, but says as he matured he began to realize that’s not the party of his liking, citing environmental concerns in particular. “When it comes to climate change, unless we do something about it, nothing is going to change,” he said. “We have only one planet, and these guys (conservatives) are doing absolutely nothing about it.”
He said issues such as climate change can’t be addressed at the local level. “We need federal change.” Shepherd credits Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with sparking his interest to seek office. “I am invested in this community as a small business owner,” he said. “Aside from my years teaching at UNR, this has been my primary source of income. I have no ties to special interests.”
Shepherd also touts that “My first piece of legislation will be a Poison Pill called “Get to Work!” that simply makes all sitting members of congress ineligible for reelection if the government shuts down on their watch.”
Health care, education and jobs are listed as key issues by Vance Alm, who is seeking the CD2 seat. “We must provide actual health care for every American, not a piece of paper promising health care, or the U.S. paying inflated costs generated by a for-profit industry,” said Alm, who is family practice physician. As a physician, he believes we should transition to a Medicare for All means of providing heath care to all, however, he has no answer as to how to deal with the Hyde Amendment that, if left in place, would deny access to abortion to women and effectively nullify Roe v. Wade with a resounding thud.
Alm believes education is not getting the priority it needs. “We must invest money to recruit and retain the best teachers and build better and safer schools where students can learn,” he said.
Alm called for employment to mean having a meaningful job that provides a real standard of living. He expressed concern that the party is becoming polarized. And, citing “a difficult and confusing process,” he called for the state to return to the primary election process and end caucuses.
Alm served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired in 1994. In addition to his private practice, he teaches medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where he attained his medical degree.