Quay Simons says he’s tired of legislators voting against what he feels the people want.
“I think they shoved the commerce tax down our throats last session despite people voting against the margin tax the year before,” he said.
Decisions like this spurred him to run for Assembly District 14.
He is running against fellow Republican Melody Howard, who didn’t respond to multiple requests for interviews.
Simons spent his career working for government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Internal Revenue Service.
He said he doesn’t have ideas on specific legislation he would propose or bills he would try to pass if elected, but would focus on bringing more industries into Nevada.
Simons said he would oppose any legislation, policy or ballot initiative legalizing marijuana for recreational use, as addressed in Question 2 on the November ballot, or requiring background checks, as addressed in Question 1.
“You know, the socialist Democrats in Germany passed laws making people register their guns in Hitler’s time,” he said. “The next thing after (background checks) is confiscating all the guns. If your name is on a list of registered gun owners, it would make that easier.”
Simons, who sat on the school board in Garfield County, Utah, from 1982 to 1988, also wants to ensure the Legislature reconsiders its options on education. He agrees with breaking up the Clark County School District and wants to ensure public school class sizes are reasonable.
“I know people are worried about whether dividing up the school district will be fair,” he said. “We will work hard to keep it as fair as possible. But sometimes, nothing is completely fair in this life.”
The winner of the June primary will face incumbent Democrat Maggie Carlton. The district leans heavily Democratic.
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