Election 2022: Nevada State Assembly District 40


2-year term

Shannon McDaniel, P.E., WRS

Party: Democrat

Occupation: Senior Water Rights Surveyor, Engineer

Age: 38




Shannon McDaniel 

Record of service:

Not applicable.

Education :

Western Nevada Community College, Associate’s - Math

University Nevada, Reno, Bachelor’s - Environmental Engineering

Why are you running?

I am running to bring a voice to the State’s resources (water, land, to look for the unintended consequences in bill draft language and to work with fellow legislator’s, agencies, experts and people in the community to try to solve the issues that matter most to Nevada.

Briefly describe the core duties of the position you are running for

A legislator makes laws, called statutes, for the state. Legislators draft proposed language, review the draft language and pass the bills that make sense for the state of Nevada.

A brief statement about your platform

Conservation needs to be built into the Nevada water law as our water law is built around the concept of use your water or lose it. A legislative framework for how the state will manage underground water and surface water together needs to be created. A continually funded statewide fire hazard risk assessment needs to be developed. In addition, I believe we should develop ways to reduce the barrier to entry for small businesses, continue to support our veterans, incentivize mental health professionals to practice in our state, make the per pupil funding formula more equitable for the rural schools and continue to move toward renewable energy, doing so smart from the start and infrastructure focused.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

I am a licensed professional environmental engineer and a licensed water rights surveyor. My education and experience has taught me to be detailed and results oriented. I am a problem solver and can research and review proposed bill draft language and identify any unintended consequences that may be present in support of the best interest of the citizens of our state.

I am a hard worker. I currently work at an engineering firm in the private sector. I began working when I was 13. I worked full time while putting myself through college. After college, I worked for the Nevada Division of Water Resources for a little over 9 years. While there, I worked my way up through the ranks from a technician in the Hydrology Section to the Chief of the Well Drilling Regulations and Adjudications Sections. I worked on and successfully passed an overhaul of the Water Well Drilling Regulations and assisted the Nevada Division of Minerals with updating their Geothermal Regulations. I have experience in and know and understand the Nevada Revised Statutes.

I am a wife and a step-parent. I play soccer in the local recreational leagues. I know how to work on a team - how to work with people to find solutions to issues.

I am a proud member of my community. I have lived in Nevada since I was a baby. I grew up in Dayton and live in Carson today. I am honored to have an opportunity to represent my community in the State Legislature.

Phillip “PK” O’Neill

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired Law enforcement

Age: 71 






Phillip “PK” O’Neill


Record of service

I have been serving Carson City for over 40 years in my law enforcement career and time at the Nevada State legislature. I was a Commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Ethics and currently serve on the Board of Trustees for Carson Tahoe Health Systems. I am also a former Chairman of the Salvation Army of Carson City & Douglas County Advisory Board.

Most of my career has been in law enforcement. I retired as a Division Chief with the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Upon retirement, I worked as a consultant with the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI, developing and deploying the National Law Enforcement Data Exchange to criminal justice agencies across the country.

Additionally, I worked with various private companies and governmental agencies to better their business practices regarding Information Technology applications where I identified problem areas, analyzed data, and developed solutions.


Sierra Nevada College, where I received a Bachelor of Science in business management.


Briefly describe the core duties of the position you are running for

Duties of a Legislator – State legislators serve three primary functions:

researching, writing, and voting on legislation.

representing their districts and working on requests for assistance from constituents;

 oversight function of the executive branch.


A brief statement about your platform

As your legislator I will be an advocate for conservative principles and values. We need policies that promote freedom and liberty. Nevada’s economy has suffered over the past few years. We need to get our economy on a more solid foundation, to be more flexible supporting local business in helping them fully recover.

 Our education system is broken. I will fight for school choice that empowers parents to make the best choices for their children. Education should be focused on encouraging Nevada’s brightest future minds as opposed to indoctrinating them with programs like Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Just as important as our children is our veterans, and law enforcement officers. Our veterans have often been overlooked and we need to show them the same support they showed us. I am committed to continuing to work with veterans on increasing awareness of and addressing the exorbitant number of veteran’s suicides and working to improve the quality of healthcare that is available to them. Our police departments provide an invaluable service to our community, and I will oppose any efforts to defund our police.

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this position?

Our state is hurting today! The economy is in a free fall, our education system is broken, and raw partisanship is leaving our community more divided than ever. I am proud to be ranked as one of top Conservative legislators. I also have a long track record of working across the aisle to support our veterans and to lower the cost and improve the quality of Nevada’s medical system.

Over the years I have built a long track recorded of fighting for our community. Which is why I am so grateful to have been endorsed by community groups across the state like the Nevada Builders Alliance, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Laborers 872 Power2Parent, and over 100 Law Enforcement and firefighting Organizations.

During my time in the state legislature, I have fought for our veterans, supported our local law enforcement, and decreased government red tape. I am committed to bettering our community by providing greater educational opportunities, working to fix our mental health crisis and fight Nevada’s deadly addiction battles.

I have been a member of the community for decades and have worked to meet identified needs. I have the knowledge, skills and experience to get things done. I provide proven leadership with integrity to Carson City and Nevada that you can depend on.


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