Three Democrats Filed to Represent Those of Us in NV-CD2

Chip Evans

ChipEvans01Northern 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.

Rick Shepherd

629“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.”

Vance Alm

Vance-AlmHealth 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.

Reblogged from the Blue Nevadan Newsletter—

From the Secretary of State’s office:

Candidate filing for non-judicial offices on the 2014 ballot begins at 8 a.m tomorrow, March 3 and closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Candidates can still schedule appointments with the Elections Division at 775-684-5705 during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Secretary of State Ross Miller released the appointment schedule of individuals who plan to file Declarations of Candidacy for non-judicial offices in the 2014 election.

To date, 15 individuals have scheduled appointments with Secretary of State Elections Division filing officers.

Date and Time Name Office Location
3/3 -8:30 AM Kim Wallin Treasurer Carson City
3/3 – 9 AM Don Gustavson Senate District 14 Carson City
3/3 – 9:30 AM Mark Hutchison Lt. Governor Carson City
3/3 – 10:30 AM Brian Dempsey U.S. Congress, District 2 Carson City
3/3 – 11:30 AM Adam Laxalt Attorney General Las Vegas
3/3 – 12 PM David Cook Assembly District 40 Carson City
3/3 – 1 PM Jim Wheeler Assembly District 39 Carson City
3/3 – 1 PM John Ellison Assembly District 33 Carson City
3/3 – 1:30 PM Barbara Cegavske Secretary of State Las Vegas
3/3 -2:30 PM Barry Herr Controller Las Vegas
3/3 – 4:30 PM John Rutledge Governor Carson City
3/4 – 9 AM Cort Arlint Controller Las Vegas
3/5 at 2 PM Vance Alm U.S. Congress, District 2 Carson City
3/6 – 10 AM Ross Miller Attorney General Carson City
3/7 – 4:30 PM Jared Townsend Assembly District 40 Carson City

In other news……

Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel – TBN’s Sponsor of the Week 
This week’s newsletter is brought to you by Assemblywoman Ellen Spiegel who will be honored as the Emerge Nevada”Woman of the Year” this coming Saturday, March 8th in Las Vegas. Spiegel is a graduate of the 2007 (first) class of Emerge Nevada and is the first graduate to have been elected to public office. Clark County District Court Judge Nancy Allf will also receive the “Alumna of the Year” award. You don’t want to miss this celebration so get your tickets while you still can.  Tickets are available online here. Thank you Assemblywoman Spiegel for your generous support of TBN and all you do for Nevada!

Caucus Highlights
Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Paul Aizley and Assemblyman Dr. Andy Eisen were among the elected who participated at their caucus location in Southern Nevada last week, bringing the number of Democratic officials elected to state offices present at caucus to  nearly 50!

Rep. Titus Receives Endorsements from Key Latino Leaders
The Latin Chamber of Commerce and several Democratic members of the state Assembly and Senate endorsed Rep. Dina Titus for a second term over Republican challenger Jose Padilla. Endorsements came from Otto Merida, President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, State Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, Senator Ruben Kihuen, and Assembly members Lucy Flores and Irene Bustamante Adams. Other Latino leaders include Eloiza Martinez, Luis Valera, Tony Sanchez and Nora Luna.

Kate Marshall Receives EMILY’s List Endorsement
Congratulations to State Treasurer Kate Marshall, who received the endorsement of EMILY’s List last Thursday. In announcing their endorsement, EMILY’s List President, Stephanie Schriock, stated about my candidacy, “Kate’s record as State Treasurer over the past seven years shows a commitment to empowering women and families through economic development, and EMILY’s List… is proud to help her become Nevada’s next Secretary of State.” Donate to Kate’s campaign here.

Lucy Flores Announces Candidacy for Lieutenant Governor
It was a packed house at the North Las Vegas campus of College of Southern Nevada yesterday when Assemblywoman Lucy Flores announced her candidacy for Lt. Governor. To get involved in Lucy’s campaign, visit her website at www.lucyflores.com.

National Women’s Lobby Day
March 8th is National Women’s Lobby Day. This is the day to check your congressional representative’s voting record on women’s issues and let him or her know how you feel about that. Click here for more information.

Apply Now for Nevada Youth Legislature            
Applications Now Being Accepted for the Nevada Youth Legislature. This is a great opportunity for teenagers to learn about our government by actually participating in it.  Applicants must be 9th to 11th grade students during the first school year in which they will serve on the Nevada Youth Legislature. The deadline to apply is April 12th. For more information, click here or download an application.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year
Nominations for the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year for 2013 will be accepted through March 31, 2014. The Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress (NSHC) in partnership with the Aging Services Directors Organization (ASDO) established this award last year. Anyone knowing a Senior Citizen who has made significant contributions at the local, state, and/or national level may nominate that person. Click here for nomination forms and additional information.

Students can enter “Home Means Nevada” Essay Contest
Students in grades six through 12 are invited to enter the Home Means Nevada Sesquicentennial Essay Contest, sponsored by the Nevada Department of Education, Nevada in the West Magazine, Nevada History Foundation and the Nevada 150 Commission. All entries must be submitted to the Nevada Department of Education by March 24, 2014. Click here for more information.

On the Flip Side
Less than 1/3 of Republican Party believes GOP Leadership Doing a Good Job in Congress
A new Pew Survey done last month shows that just 28% of Republicans and Republican leaners said the GOP was doing a good or excellent job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values, while seven-in-ten (70%) rated their party’s job as “only fair” or “poor.” Read the entire report here.

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