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Mirror - Thursday, October 20, 2016 11 The incumbent candidate for the Nevada U.S. House of Representatives seat in the 2016 Gen- eral Election, Cresent Hardy, a Republican, is seeking another two-year term as Congressman. Hardy described himself as a man with two de- cades of experience as a public servant and he is hoping voters will once again select him as their representative for the Congressiona.1 District 4 seat. "I believe in an effec- tive and efficient govern- ment and I believe that public servants have an obligation to spend your tax dollars as wisely as they spend their own," Hardy told The Mirror of his Republican back- ground. He stated that in his opinion, the Federal Government has becom.e, "...too big, too ineffi- cient and the partisanship played by professional politicians has strangled any ability we have to accomplish the major reforms that need to take place." Hardy is well-versed in the political world, hav- Hardy expanded on his vision for rural areas as ing served as a Mesquite City Councilman and in well, noting that they cannot be left behind while two terms as a Nevada Assemblyman prior to be- other parts of the state progress. "Improving ac- ing elected to Congress in 2014. However, he does cess to rural health care and improving transpor- not style himself as a professional politician. "I am tation have been two of my major achievements the only candidate who has actually created jobs and during my first term in Congress and I look for- knows how tough it is to build and maintain a small ward to continuing to working on those," Hardy business," Hardy asserted. "We need more leaders said. "Securing funding" for the I-11 is certainly who have dedicated their lives to their communi- one of the highlights of my time in Congress. Not ties, families and businesses. Not more professional only will it create jbbs, it will make our communi- politicians." ties stronger throughout Nevada." As a former small business owner himself, one of As the incumbent candidate, Hardy also detailed the focal points for Hardy is driving Nevada toward other highlights of his two years as Congressman a more business,oriented state. He is campaigning as well. In addition to sponsoring bills he stated on a platform of a "low tax environment," which he have improved access to health care in rural por- stated will encourage business growth and expan- tions of the state and securing funding for the I- sion that will in turn lead to the creation of new, 11, Hardy has sponsored a Constitutional amend- high-paying jobs that boost economic prosperity, ment that would require the federal government "Building a business-friendly climate in Nevada is to operate on a balanced budget and introduced important to me," Hardy said. "While our state has legislation to improve access to quality educa- made great strides over the past several years, there tion. These are, "... among the achievements I am is much woJ;k left to do. As your Congressman, I most proud of," Hardy stilted. "I look forward to sit on the Committee on Small Business and I have continuing to work on those subjects if my con- worked to remove the stranglehold that federal reg- stituents give me the honor of representing them ulations have over small businesses." for another term." Democratic candidate in the battle for the U.S. House of Representatives District 4 position, Ru- ben Kihuen is aiming to change his hat from that of Nevada State Senator to that of Congressman. As part of his campaign, he is promoting his own political actions while attacking incumbent can- didate Cresent Hardy, naming him a "Tea Party Candidate." Kihuen is an immigrant whose family came to the U.S. in 1988 when Ki- huen was just 8 years old. "I grew up in a working class North Las Vegas family. My parents knew that if we worked hard, sacrificed and played by the rules, we would succeed," Kihuen told The Mirror. "I believe that everyone deserves a fair shot like I had but Washington keeps stacking the deck against regular families like ours in favor of those at the top... Washington isn't working for us because too many politicians, including Tea Party Congressman Cresent Hardy, are catering to special ties on the recent education package to increase interests and extreme ideologies instead of deliver- funding for our schools as well as tax incentives to ing for the people we're elected to represent. My bring both Faraday Future and Tesla to Nevada," Tea Party opponent, Congressman Cresent Hardy, Kihuen said. "These are the kind of high-tech is a self-serving politician who is out of touch with manufacturing jobs that will pay a living wage." the district he's supposed to represent. He sides with Other issues Kihuen declared he would cham- Washington Republicans over what's best for Nevada pion include protecting Medicare and preserving and the people of the 4th District." Social Security. Kihuen also noted that he is a sup- Kihuen has a long history in the poli:ical sector, porter of what he termed "common sense gun safe- having served as a member of the Nevada Assembly ty laws," including Nevada 2016 General Election from 2006 to 2010, after which he was elected as a Ballot Question 1. Immigration reform was an- state Senator, first in 2010 and then again in 2014. other topic he said he would like the opportunity "As a Democrat, I believe on a fundamental level to focus on, with measures that allow a "path to that we need take back control of our democracy citizenship." from millionaires and billionaires and that we must "For 23 years, my mother has cleaned hotel build an economy that lifts up working families, not rooms in Las Vegas, working tirelessly to provide just the rich," Kihuen proclaimed, for us," Kihuen said by way of conclusion. "Be- Kihuen stated that his priority as a Congressman cause of her sacrifices, I had the opportunity to at- would be growing Nevada's economy and creating tend public schools, play soccer in public parks, good paying jobs. He explained that one of his ac- work my way through an affordable public univer- complishments as a Nevada State Senator was imple- sity. That's the American Dream. As a state leg- menting the largest tax increase in Nevada history, islator in Carson City, I've always fought to help with the funding aimed as bettering education. "I was working families like mine. I want to carry that proud to work with Governor Sandoval and both par- fight to Congress." A third party candidate in the Nevada 2016 race for the U.S. House of Representatives, Steve Brown is running as a Libertarian. He is hoping to oust incumbent Congressman Cresent Hardy and beat out the democratic candidate Ruben Kihuen as well, touting his belief that the only good gov- ernment is a small gov- ernment. Brown is a long-time resident of the Silver State who declared him- self to be in-the-know when it comes to the is- sues facing Nevadans to- day. He is running for the Congressional District 4 seat with no political experience under his belt, which is one thing many voters have apparently been attracted to this election cycle. According to Brown, career politicians have been destroying the country from within and he believes nothing will change unless voters opt to put new people into political office, well as licenses that "only exist to make money "I believe in more freedom and less government," for the government," cutting the self-employment Brown told The Mirror when asked why he was run- tax by 50 percent, cutting Corporate taxes by 22 ning as a Libertarian. As for the current state of the percent, and implementing a measure that would Federal Government, Brown had nothing positive to place no corporate tax on the first $100,000 in net say, noting that the Federal Government is leading profits, among other actions. America down the wrong path. "The government in "I will help small businesses and people every- Washington D.C. is corrupt and is ruining our great where by greatly reducing the obscene taxes and country," Brown asserted. This is just one of the rea- fees imposed on everybody by all levels of govern- sons Brown said he decided to enter the political are- ment. When the Nevada Legislature raises taxes, na and attempt to secure a seat for the common man members of Congress don't have a vote but they in the U.S. House of Representatives. have a voice. They need to speak out against tax On the issues, Brown is focusing a large portion hikes," Brown added. "I have owned a small busi- of his attention on the country's finances, stating ness in Nevada since 1986. I also work pa]'t time that the budget is a major problem that must be ad- as a table games dealer in downtown Las Vegas. I dressed. "America is going bankrupt," Brown stated, served in the U.S. Army for three years and cur- "In about 10 years almost 20 percent of all federal rently use VA health care. I understand issues that revenues will go to pay the interest on the money we affect Nevadans from my own experience." have borrowed." Furthermore, Brown proclaimed In conclusion, Brown explained that his main himself as a candidate with a strategy to fix this prob- purpose in running for office is to bring issues lem. "I have an actual plan to create a budget sur- to the table that he believes have been ignored. plus," Brown said, which includes eliminating the "There are many issues that need to be discussed federal gas tax, inspection fees and regulations as but never are by either party," Brown said. *Candidate Mike Little was contacted repeatedly for participation but never returned The Mirror's requests for an interview.