Strengthening our Tourism Economy

Tourism has always been the lifeblood of our economy in Northern Nevada. As the Chairman of the Reno-Sparks Convention Visitors Authority (RSCVA), I have fought to protect and strengthen our most important industry.

Through hard work and dedication, we were able to implement new leadership at the RSCVA. This change in leadership allowed us to establish a new Visit Reno Tahoe brand campaign, saved taxpayers $1.5 million dollars through a new facility management contract, and landed four new city-wide conventions that will help to keep our hotel rooms filled throughout the next year.

In 2017, over 5.1 million tourists visited the Reno Tahoe area, which is the highest number of visitors we have ever seen. I am committed to build upon this success and grow our tourism economy here in Washoe County.


Reducing Overcrowding in our Schools

As I look back on the thousands of conversations I've had with constituents, a singular theme is mentioned: our education system needs to be fixed. As a father of two amazing kids, improving our schools isn't just a talking point, its personal.

One of the largest issues facing our community right now in terms of education is the overcrowding of our schools. Charter schools have continued to be a valid option for parents who seek further opportunities for their children. In my role as Commissioner, I have led the charge to approve a number of new charter schools. As our region continues to grow, the demand placed on our public school system will increase. I am confident that in the next four years, we can continue to work on promoting school choice for parents and ensure that none of our children are in classrooms with upwards of 40 students.


Protecting our Public Lands

Washoe County is blessed to have access to some of the most beautiful land in the country. With this gift comes the responsibility of protecting and preserving it for future generations. As a devout sportsman, I understand the importance of this task and strive to carry a portion of responsibility. Whether you’re a hunter, an avid-hiker, or just an outdoor enthusiast, everyone deserves to have access to the beauty that Washoe County provides.

In order to assure future generations can experience this beauty, it is extremely important that we develop policies that promote smart and sustainable growth that incorporates the preservation of the natural beauty in our own backyard.

Traditionally, the federal government has overexerted its influence over our public lands. That’s why I’ve been working with my fellow County Commissioners and Congressman Amodei to pass legislation that encourages the smart acquisition of public lands in Washoe County.


Finding Solutions to our Housing Crisis

Another concern to many throughout Washoe County is the current housing situation. Right now, there are not enough houses available to meet the demands of our growing region. It is the job of the Washoe County Commission to make sure we are promoting policies that encourage smart growth and sustainability while preventing housing bubbles in the future.

However, Washoe County should not simply approve every proposed development just to meet demands. Instead, we should focus on ways to increase affordable housing units, promote infill development, and find balanced approaches to development that take traffic, utilities, and infrastructure into account.


Emergency Response

In the last few years, the County Commission has worked tirelessly to ensure we respond to emergency situations in the best way possible. Whether it is flooding and stormwater management or aggressive fire seasons, we have a responsibility to make sure our community is prepared to respond to any threat or natural disaster.

It is imperative that we have leaders who know how to work together in times of crisis. As County Commissioner, I was able to facilitate discussions between NV Energy and the State to modernize our emergency radio system, while also saving the taxpayers of Washoe County $30 million. None of this would have been possible without bringing people to the table to find solutions.


Transportation and Infrastructure

Let’s face it; our region is growing more rapidly than ever before. It is imperative that as more people continue to relocate to our area, we make sure our existing roads and infrastructure are improved to meet the demand. Improving transportation in South Reno and Washoe Valley has always been my top priority. I led the charge on developing the new Southeast Connector, which will be opening on July 1 of this year. Additionally, as the Vice Chair of the Regional Transportation Commission, I have continuously lobbied the federal government to continue funding projects that will strengthen transportation in our region. Through these efforts, we have been able to allocate millions of dollars in RTC and county funds for pavement and sidewalk restoration.

As these new projects progress, safety is still my top priority. After receiving complaints from constituents, I personally made sure that stoplights were installed at the intersection of Double Diamond and South Meadows Parkway. This has significantly decreased the number of accidents in this particular intersection, and I look forward to working with you to continue improving safety in our community.


Public Safety and Fire

As a father and a husband, I know that improving public safety is important to all of us. That’s why I have continually advocated for the Sheriff’s office to increase the number of deputies throughout Washoe County. I have also fought to ensure that the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District has all of the resources that they need to provide fire protection and EMS services to everyone in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County.

One of my proudest accomplishments was the relocation of Station 14 out of the City of Reno and into the county, which has resulted in better service and much faster response times for the residents of District 2. Even though we’ve made a great deal of progress in make our community safer over the last few years, we still have more to do. That’s why I plan on continuing to address speeding and reckless driving through increased posted speed limits and additional enforcement from the Sheriff’s office.