The two candidates vying to fill the Assembly District 42 seat long held by term-limited Democrat Harry Mortensen — Republican Kathryn Njus and Democrat Irene Bustamante Adams — both say they would work to set a more friendly tax and fee environment within the state to attract new businesses.

"Tax incentives could make it more possible to bring in new businesses and the jobs we need," Adams said.

"We put too many financial burdens on businesses and that hurts job creation," Njus said.

Adams wants Nevada to use tax incentives to bring in green energy businesses.

Njus said it is critical that fewer fees be put on current businesses.

"We need to keep the doors open of the businesses we already have, too," she said.

Both candidates also say they will work to improve education.

A fifth generation Nevadan, Njus said it is critical for Nevadans to get solid educations in order to get what jobs there are.

"We have to stop social promotions in the schools," she said. "Students have to get the basics down or you can’t even talk about higher education. We have to teach the children the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic."

Njus said education didn’t seem as important to children or in homes because good jobs were available in the tourism industry.

"But people are seeing that’s not the case now," she said.

Though Assembly District 42 has been historically a Democratic seat, Njus said, people have been willing to listen to her.

"They know we have to look past party labels to solve problems," she said.

Adams said she has been introducing herself to education leaders at all the schools so she can be a resource for them in state government.

She said it is critical that Nevadans look at what states are doing to be successful in education.

"We don’t have to reinvent the wheel," she said.

She said too often the mindset of Nevadans is to start at "square one."

"We just have to adopt what is already proven to work somewhere else," she said.

Contact reporter Paul Harasim at or 702-387-2908.

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