Election 2016: NV Assembly 26 candidates Krasner, Guinasso sound off
May 25, 2016
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The primary election in Nevada is set for June 14. There are a number of races important to local voters, including that of Nevada Assembly District 26, which covers Incline Village/Crystal Bay.
Two candidates have filed — Jason Guinasso and Lisa Krasner. Since both are Republican, there will only be a primary election between them, meaning the winner on June 14 will take the seat and replace Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, who decided to not seek reelection.
Readers can visit jasonguinasso.com and lisakrasnerfornevada.com to learn more about both candidates.
To better inform voters heading to the polls, the Bonanza offered each candidate space for a bio and a 1,000-word-max statement. Read both below, published verbatim.
Jason D. Guinasso, Esq.
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Full-time residence in Washoe County: Since 1985, currently at 11210 Vincent Lane, Reno
How long you have been a resident within District 26: Since 1985 in Washoe County; March 2010 to present for District 26
Current occupation: Attorney licensed in Nevada and California. I am 1/3 owner of the law firm of Reese Kintz Guinasso, LLC.
Formal education: University of Oregon School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2003; University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate Program – Public Administration, 1999-2000; University of Nevada, Reno, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science cum laude, 1998.
Current and previous political/governmental experience: Legal Counsel for Incline Village General Improvement District, 12/15 to present; Legal Counsel for the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau, 12/15 to present; Legal Counsel for the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, 12/15 to present; Legal Counsel for the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, 12/15 to present; City of Reno Office of the City Manager, Internship 12/99 – 06/00
I am running for the Nevada Assembly to bring new leadership to an emerging new Nevada. As a husband, father, lawyer, business owner, and an established community leader, I will provide the solution-oriented leadership that empowers communities within in our great State so that families and businesses will thrive.
Nevadans want a leader who is authentic and who will be honest with them, and not simply another politician who will say anything they think people want to hear in order to get elected.
I am that leader.
Our community needs a representative who understands first hand the issues facing Incline Village/Crystal Bay, our region and our State and who has the background, education and substantive experience to lead Nevada forward.
I will be that representative.
Northern Nevada is entering a period of unprecedented growth. This growth presents our region with opportunities and challenges that will fundamentally change our communities. Education, workforce development, housing, traffic and transportation, water, and public safety are just a few of the major issues that must be addressed in order to sustain and capitalize upon the expansion in our economy. The new industries coming to our area demand highly skilled and technical workers; therefore, I am going to work to equip our students with the tools they need to succeed. In this regard, I will champion improvements to vocational and technical training through our universities, community colleges and high schools to meet the needs of our growing economy.
As a small business owner and an attorney who has represented businesses of every size and in every industry in Nevada, I have experienced the disastrous effects of high taxes and government overregulation firsthand. I will work to cultivate a more business-friendly environment that encourages innovation and creates jobs for our hard-working families.
My experience with businesses clearly distinguishes me from my opponent who does not have any substantive business experience. That is why the Chamber of Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada endorsed me, stating, "We know that Jason will be a fiscal conservative who will work with everyone to craft practical solutions to Nevada issues and will work with us to maintain our economic vitality and quality of life."
As your Assemblyman, I will bring fiscal responsibility and accountability back to our government, working to embrace possibilities instead of politics. As Northern Nevada continues to grow rapidly, I will be a strong leader who will advocate for our private sector and ensure our workforce is highly competitive through quality education.
Since starting my law firm in 2008, I have given an average of 25% of my time annually to provide legal services to nonprofits, churches and individuals in need free of charge. This commitment to community service has been and continues to be a foundational principle of my life and my law firm's mission. Citing my public service, Governor Brian Sandoval endorsed me, stating, "Jason brings the type of servant's heart we need more of in Nevada. He is focused on improving our schools and growing our economy. I am proud to endorse Jason's campaign for Assembly." Running for the Nevada Legislature is an extension of my commitment to serving our community and our State. I will take my extensive public service experience to the Nevada Legislature and advocate for policies that empower communities because I believe that strong communities do more for people than big government.
As a family man, I have worked to promote a culture that respects all human life – fighting for the right to life inside our courtrooms and advocating before the Legislature requiring minors to notify their parents before obtaining an abortion. I am 100% pro-life. In recognition of my pro-life advocacy, I received the Hero for Life award from Nevada Right to Life.
I have also worked to protect children from those who intend to do them harm, including being the first attorney in Nevada to apply new statutes that support and help victims of sexual assault and abuse. As a legislator, I will work to enact tougher laws to prevent the exploitation and victimization of our children through sex trafficking.
I am strongly opposed to the sale of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. As a person who was once a homeless "at-risk" teenager, I have seen the devastating effects marijuana can have on the lives of people. For this reason, I have spent most of my adult life opposing marijuana use in my work with ministries, non-profits and businesses. Most recently, I have worked closely with community leader John Redfern and other Incline Village residents to oppose MME's in Incline Village and Crystal Bay. Because of my leadership on this important issue, I was recently named the Chairperson for the local campaign against the legalization of recreational marijuana. As the Washoe County Chair for Nevadans for Responsible Drug Policy, I will work diligently to defeat this initiative by building a community coalition of businesses and faith based groups to turn out votes and stop the legalization of marijuana.
One of my biggest concerns is that, at this critical time of Nevada's history, Nevadans could elect leaders who will not have the integrity, competence and courage to lead. Leadership, in my opinion, means honestly assessing all the available data to make good policy decisions, working with other elected officials and the public to reach solutions to difficult problems, and making decisions for the benefit of the people in our State even when those decisions could be unpopular. There are elected officials and candidates that appear to be more focused on political theory, than reality; vitriolic speeches, rather than reaching collaborative solutions; and taking action to boost their ego and ambitions, rather than actions that boost growth and opportunity for the people of our great State. The decisions legislators will make over the next two to three sessions are critical to the success of our State. As your legislator, I will work hard to lead, collaborate and exercise good judgement in making law and policy.
Age: Did not provide
Full-time residence in Washoe County: 59 Damonte Ranch Pkwy #B-460, Reno (mailing address; permanent residence not provided).
How long you have been a resident within District 26: 12 years
Current occupation: Instructor at Truckee Meadows Community College, Political Science Dept.
Formal education: Juris Doctor Degree – University of LaVerne College of Law; Bachelor's Degree – University of California Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.)
Current and previous political/governmental experience: Commissioner, State of Nevada Commission on Aging, for our senior citizens, 3 years; Commissioner, City of Reno Recreation & Parks Commission, 7 years
Lisa learned her work ethic from her father who immigrated to the United States, the legal way. He stood in line, filled out the forms, and taught himself how to read, write and speak English, and he worked hard to provide for his family. From her father Lisa learned that she could accomplish anything if she worked hard enough.
Education is important to Lisa. She was the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year university and receive a Bachelor's Degree,as well as the first in her family to receive a Doctorate degree. Lisa balanced her studies while working her way through U.C.L.A. and Law School. She has a Bachelor's Degree and Juris Doctor Degree.
Lisa believes in creating strong communities. Lisa is a Commissioner on the State of Nevada Commission On Aging and Disability. She looks forward to working on legislation that will help our community's senior citizens with the issues that are important to them. She is also a member of the Nevada Commission on Aging Subcommittee Concerning Legislative Issues.
Lisa also served as a Commissioner for the City of Reno's Recreation and Parks Commission for seven years, where she advocated for a family-friendly environment in our community.
Through her love of the arts, Lisa served as a Trustee on the Reno Philharmonic Association Board of Trustees and as the President of the Reno Philharmonic Guild.
Lisa's love for education led her to join the faculty of the University of Phoenix, teaching courses on Political Science, the United States Constitution, NV Constitution, Advocacy & Mediation, State & Local Political Processes, Critical Thinking, and Business Law. She currently teaches U.S. Constitution and NV Constitution courses in the Political Science Department at Truckee Meadows Community College.
She is an active participant in her children's public schools. Lisa volunteers in the classroom, teaching Junior Achievement. Lisa is currently a member of the Galena High School PTO Boosters. She was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Hunsberger Elementary School PTA.
She is a member of the Alliance with Washoe County Medical Society, and former First Vice President of the Board. She is also a current member of Washoe County Republican Central Committee. She is a member of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women's club. An Associate member of the Washoe Republican Women, and former First Vice President of the Board. She is an Associate member of the Mt. Rose Republican Women, and of the Republican Women of Reno. She is a former member of the Junior League of Reno, where she served as the Legislative/Advocacy Committee Chairman. During her years as Legislative Chairman at the Junior League of Reno, Lisa, with the help of many other people, was able to create a Law that protects our children from pedophiles.
She has also served as a Judge for the "We The People" Competition since 2013. Lisa is married to Charles Krasner, M.D. and has two children.
Lisa is a conservative Republican. She believes that a low tax/ low regulatory environment is best for businesses to succeed and thrive. Lisa supports our small business owners and job creators. She opposes the commerce tax on businesses, unlike her opponent who supports the commerce tax on businesses. Lisa signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
She believes we cannot tax our way into prosperity. Lisa is an advocate for education. She believes in school choice and applauds the Legislatures efforts in creating ESA Vouchers, Opportunity Scholarships, and the Read By Three initiative. She supports local parental control over education and quality pay for quality teachers. Lisa opposes Common core and data collection on your kids and grandkids.
She supports your 2nd Amendment rights under the Constitution, and received an "A" rating from the NRA. Lisa is opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana, and does not accept donations from pro-marijuana Lobbyists. Lisa and her family have lived in Assembly District 26 for more than a decade, unlike her opponent, who does not live in the district.
Lisa is endorsed by the people we trust:
The State of Nevada Republican Party
NV Controller Ron Knecht
NV Treasurer Dan Schwartz
NV Senator Don Gustavson
Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen
Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler
Washoe County Commissioner Jeanne Herman
City Attorney Chet Adams
Pete Todoroff, Incline Village Citizen Advisory Board, Chairman
Lisa cares about our community and the people who live here. Lisa¹s education, experience and community involvement make her the best candidate to represent you, in Assembly District 26.
Mailing Address: 59 Damonte Ranch Pkwy #B-460; Reno, NV 89521
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