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May 22, 2012
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Nevada Appeal Candidate Guide: State Assembly, District 39


The State Assembly District 39 seat is a two-year term. Voters are asked to vote for one candidate. This seat represents Douglas County and the southern half of Lyon and Storey counties. The winner of this race will represent the Republican Party on the November ballot.

Kelly D. Kite

Incumbent

Party affiliation: Republican

Contact: kellykite@charter.net; www.kellykitenv.com

Education: Missouri Southern; University of Nevada, Reno

Explain your background and how this qualifies you for the position you are seeking. What are the most important issues that you would address if elected?

I have the strength of character to stand up and make my voice heard to do "What's right for Nevada." I won't tell anyone I have all the answers; I would caution against anyone that says they do. This is a process that requires common sense and some negotiation to arrive at the best decisions for the majority of Nevadans.

Why should voters choose you over the other candidates?

I have a personal stake in District 39 and this state. I care about Nevada's future and finding solutions to our current problems. I have history here that has given me critical background information on many issues facing the state legislature. I assure you, I will always do as I promised in my oath of office, to "Support and defend the State of Nevada."

Gary Schmidt

Party affiliation: Republican

Residence: Dayton

Occupation: Semi-retired business owner/operate

Contact: gary@reformnevadapolitics.com; RefomNevadaPolitics.com; 775-622-4670

Education: Bachelor of arts degree in economics. Graduate work in real estate.

Explain your background and how this qualifies you for the position you are seeking. What are the most important issues that you would address if elected?

My broad and extensive background in economics, business and government functions gives me tremendous qualifications to serve during these trying times of budget deficits and dysfunctional government. I am a lifelong practicing economist. I have owned and managed agricultural, commercial and residential properties for over 40 years.

Why should voters choose you over the other candidates?

The most important duty of an elected official is to listen to the people. I have the capacity and the tenacity to serve faithfully without compromise or surrender and will remain faithful to the principle that elected officials are and should be foremost, Public Servants. Transparency and adherence to the State and U.S. Constitutions is essential.

Jim Wheeler

Party affiliation: Republican

Residence: Gardnerville

Occupation: Retired CEO & Rancher

Age: 58

Contact: PO Box 2135, Minden, NV 89423. Jim@wheeler4nevada.org, www.wheeler4nevada.org.

Education: Some college, attended Pierce Junior College, and University of Southern California

Explain your background and how this qualifies you for the position you are seeking. What are the most important issues that you would address if elected?

Former CEO of a multimillion-dollar manufacturing firm. Former horse and cattle rancher. Worked as an unpaid lobbyist in the last legislative session, lobbying for conservative issues.

My business background uniquely qualifies me to help with the budget crisis facing our state today. My conservative background lends itself to representing the people of the 39th District and ensuring their wants and policies are put forward above that of any political ally or lobbyist.

Why should voters choose you over the other candidates?

In the last session I lobbied against the $620M tax hike, while the incumbent voted for it. Since it was crystal clear the constituents did not want it and still do not I have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to ensure you I will not vote for any more tax increases. The state of Nevada has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.



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The Nevada Appeal Updated May 22, 2012 01:30AM Published May 22, 2012 01:29AM Copyright 2012 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.