Thursday, May 31, 2012


Two first-time candidates are competing to be the Republican choice for Assembly District 17.
Len Marciano, a retired schoolteacher and administrator, faces Patrick Mendez, a state correctional officer.
Whoever comes out on top in the primary will advance to face Democrat Steven Brooks in the general election. Registered Democrats heavily outnumber Republicans in the district.
Marciano believes his life experience makes him the better candidate.
"I have a handle on the issues and the people of Nevada," he said.
Marciano has worked on several Republican campaigns in the district. If elected, he will apply his professional experience toward helping improve the state's education system, he said.
"In the short term, we need to hire excellent teachers and hold them accountable."
Hiring highly qualified teachers from out of state would help, as would creating more competition among schools and giving parents more choices over where their children get educated, he said.
He also advocates passing a moratorium on new fees for small businesses to help increase the local economy.
Marciano holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in educational supervision and administration from Seton Hall University. He attended Rutgers University for post graduate studies in educational literature.
Mendez, meanwhile, said Marciano's experience is too narrow.
"It seems like his platform is solely based on education," he said. "When you represent the entire district, you really have to focus on a lot of issues."
If elected, Mendez said he would focus on helping diversify Nevada's economy.
"You can't rely solely on gaming and mining to pay for everything."
Nevada could become a magnet for high-tech companies with the legalization of online poker, he said.
Mendez, who was an Army reservist for nine years, also wants to give special incentives to military veterans looking to start businesses in Nevada.
To encourage them and other entrepreneurs, he advocates "letting a business flourish" before collecting fees from them.
Mendez has been taking classes at the College of Southern Nevada and plans to eventually earn a degree in criminal justice.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nevada Conservation League - We need your help.

The Nevada Conservation League has been the political voice for Nevada's environmental community since 2002.  Each election cycle, we endorse the candidates for state office that will make the protection of our air, land, water and wildlife a top priority.

We are proud to announce our endorsements for the 2012 election listed below.   Each of these candidates either has a strong record on environmental issues or has proven through our interview process that they will place a high priority on protecting our state’s natural resources.  These endorsements follow our early endorsements that were issued in March.  Endorsements were not considered for candidates running unopposed.

Many of these races will be very competitive, in both the primary and general election.  Please contact us if you’d like to help an NCL-endorsed candidate.  Pro-environment candidates need our help and we need to support them to build a more pro-conservation legislature.

One race in particular warrants special attention.  We have endorsed Patricia Spearman in Senate District 1.  In the 2011 legislative session, Senator John Lee sponsored SB 271, a bill that will remove Nevada from the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact in four years.  Senator Lee pushed this legislation through without working with anyone in the environmental community and showed that he is willing to sacrifice one of our nation’s great treasures to eliminate restrictions for developers.  Ms. Spearman has demonstrated through our candidate interview process that she will be a strong champion for Nevada’s environment.

This election, the stakes couldn't be higher.  If we are to expand renewable energy and conserve our public lands, wildlife and natural treasures, we need strong, effective representation in Carson City.

We need your help!

Thank you again for your support.


Kyle Davis, Nevada Conservation League Political Director

Endorsements follow:
Patricia Spearman – Senate District 1
Tick Segerblom – Senate District 3*
Kelvin Atkinson – Senate District 4
Joyce Woodhouse – Senate District 5
Benny Yerushalmi – Senate District 6
David Parks – Senate District 7
Justin Jones – Senate District 9
Aaron Ford – Senate District 11
Debbie Smith – Senate District 13*
Sheila Leslie – Senate District 15*
Pete Goicoechea – Senate District 19

Peggy Pierce – Assembly District 3*
Jason Frierson – Senate District 8
Andrew Martin – Assembly District 9
Joe Hogan – Assembly District 10*
Olivia Diaz – Assembly District 11*
James Ohrenschall – Assembly District 12*
Maggie Carlton – Assembly District 14*
Elliot Anderson – Assembly District 15
Heidi Swank – Assembly District 16
Steven Brooks – Assembly District 17*
Richard Carrillo – Assembly District 18*
Ellen Spiegel – Assembly District 20
Lynn Stewart – Assembly District 22
David Bobzien – Assembly District 24*
Teresa Benitez-Thompson – Assembly District 27*
April Mastroluca – Assembly District 29*
Mike Sprinkle – Assembly District 30
Skip Daly – Assembly District 31*
James Healey – Assembly District 35
James Oscarson – Assembly District 36
Paul Aizley – Assembly District 41*
Irene Bustamante Adams – Assembly District 42
*Indicates early endorsement.