The primary election for Nevada state officials is June 14, 2016. Jim Marchant (R) is seeking election as the Assemblyman for District 37 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On March 8, 2016, he officially declared his candidacy by filing the necessary paperwork with the Clark County Registrar’s office.
Marchant is running against the Republican incumbent, Glenn Trowbridge. It is unknown, at this time, if other potential Republican candidates will emerge. The final day for those intending to file their declaration is Friday, March 18, 2016.
During the February Sun City Summerland Conservative Club monthly meeting, Marchant and Trowbridge were speakers for “the town hall meeting.”
There were approximately 70-80 club members present, who asked the candidates questions. This “Q&A took about 40 minutes,” according to Bob Kessler. He spoke favorably of Marchant’s performance during the meeting. The candidate took the opportunity to discuss his intentions and platform.
Marchant discussed his consternation over the Commerce Tax passed in the 2015 Assembly session and his intent to strive toward the repeal of this tax. Marchant explained, using his entrepreneurial business experience as an example, why he believed the tax hurts small business owners and the companies themselves.
Marchant further demonstrated his ability to be a valuable assemblyman with his previous experience successfully lobbying and blocking internet taxes. According to Kessler, the candidate successfully gained the trust of the crowd, developed a rapport with the conservatives in the room, and demonstrated his empathy for the plight of those in his constituency.
Kessler congratulated Marchant on his ability to relate his strengths without, once, personally attacking his opponent. Marchant has officially declared his candidacy and he plans to unseat Trowbridge in the primary. The candidate’s supporters agree that he would be an excellent replacement for the incumbent,
The club members clearly did not favor Trowbridge and took him to task for his Assembly voting record. When he was asked why he voted against the will of the people in Nevada by choosing to support the Commerce Tax. The assemblyman responded by explaining the assembly members were bullied by members of the Mining, and Gaming Commissions, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.
According to Trowbridge, the bullying lasted nine hours. When asked if there was any discussion about the fact that the previous year voters had cast down the Margin’s Tax by 80 percent, he said it had been mentioned but it clearly did not matter since Governor Sandoval’s tax plan found favor with the commissions and the commerce.
Someone asked if that meant they had bought the governor’s favor. Trowbridge offered no definitive response. The discomfort felt by the club members was audible.
When the discussion turned to Trowbridge’s stance on the gender-specific restrooms in the schools, there was a high amount of agitation among those in attendance. The reasoning he gave for the bill being tabled was a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The incumbent stated the ACLU had threatened to challenge the law, if it were passed, in a small rural school district in Nevada. That challenge was enough of an excuse in Trowbridge’s mind to validate the tabling of the bill.
According to Marchant’s website, the Commerce Tax was simply a replacement of the Margins Tax, which was overwhelmingly voted against in 2014. The Commerce Tax is basically the same as the Margins Tax, the name changed but the result is the same. When passed into law the tax became the largest tax imposed in Nevada’s history. It places unreasonable financial and bureaucratic burden on businesses and ultimately customers will be left with increased prices. Marchant states, “I strongly oppose this tax and when elected, will do everything I can to repeal it.”
Even though Marchant made his intent clear well before officially declaring his candidacy, it is now a matter of record. Trowbridge and Marchant will square-off during the primary on June 14, 2016, once Marchant wins he will face the Democratic opponent in the general election on Nov. 8, 2016. Then on to the legislative session in 2017. The vow he makes to his constituents in District 37 is, “I will do everything possible to represent you and your family.”
By Cathy Milne
Interview: Bob Kessler on Feb. 27, 2016
Interview: Jim Marchant on March 9, 2016
Elect Jim Marchant Website: On the Issues
Image Courtesy of Jim Marchant – Published with Authorization