On June 14, 2016, Las Vegas voters in District 37 will have the opportunity to elect a new assemblyman. Jim Marchant is seeking to unseat Assemblyman Glenn E. Trowbridge, appointed to the State Assembly in December 2014. Running with the campaign line, “A real conservative,” Marchant believes in less government, fewer entitlement programs, and secure educational opportunities for the children in Las Vegas and Nevada, overall.
He has been a Las Vegas resident since 2005 and states he is semi-retired. On the candidate’s website, Marchant discusses the overabundance of lawyers and government employees serving as legislators. In Marchant, the residents of District 37 have the opportunity to elect someone who is neither. He clarifies the distinction by stating, “I have been a businessman all my adult life.”
While Marchant is not a politician, in 1999 he was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Information Development Task Force (FIDTF). He received this appointment as a result of his successful lobbying during the 1996 legislative session in Fla. He lobbied against internet taxes. As a result of his success, Marchant received national media attention.
The Las Vegas candidate explains that even though his father owned several small retail businesses, he did not initially begin working in management. As Marchant learned the business, he began taking on more responsibilities. During the six years Marchant worked at his father’s company, he advanced to the position of chain supervisor. He then decided to become a business owner and started a software company. The businessman stated, “I learned first-hand the challenges of payroll.” He learned to deal with bureaucratic red-tape and government taxes.
Marchant’s Stand on the Issues
Marchant strongly opposes the recently passed Commerce Tax for businesses in Nevada. It was the largest tax increase the state has ever experienced. His opponent, Las Vegas Assemblyman Glenn E. Trowbridge, voted for the tax; this is one reason Marchant has launched the campaign to unseat him.
When elected, Marchant says he will work extremely hard to repeal the burdensome Commerce Tax. The tax targets businesses, however, the additional costs will affect Las Vegas consumers as business expenses rise.
While the tax applies to businesses with annual incomes of over four-million-dollars, every company or retailer, no matter their size, must comply with filing special tax reports. This bureaucratic red-tape is contrary to the small-government ideology Marchant touts.
Employment and Economic Development
Marchant asserts that when businesses are struggling to remain open, jobs cannot be created. Without successful companies, employment declines, and unemployment is detrimental to a strong economic base.
The Las Vegas businessman states, “Having been a CEO of successful businesses, I know what it takes to create jobs, and when elected, I will lead the effort in the legislature to encourage a thriving business environment.” Marchant explains that the state needs to regain the status of being one of the most business-friendly places in the U.S.
Marchant maintains, “It’s critical we cultivate a pro-business climate to allow companies to succeed, thus creating jobs.” Arguably, a business-friendly state will attract new industries. According to the candidate, Nevada also needs to support its existing businesses and promote start-up growth.
The District 37 candidate declares that one of his top priorities is for tax dollars to be used to build a stronger educational program in Las Vegas. The state of Nevada has the lowest ranking education system in the U.S., according to Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dale Erquiaga explains, “Nevada continues to gain ground, but we remain in 50th place. That’s unacceptable.”
Marchant believes the Federal Common Core program should be discarded, thereby, allowing Las Vegas school districts to create successful curricula for their pupils. He further stresses that the best teachers need to be retained and appropriately rewarded. The classroom resources, including educational tools, must assist teachers with performing their jobs, thereby allowing students to have the greatest opportunity for success.
Furthermore, Marchant expresses his support for Las Vegas parents having more choice about where their children attend school. The businessman is one of a group of candidates who created and signed the Contract With Nevada. Marchant endorses the Educational Support Accounts, bill SB302, passed by the legislators in the 2015 session. The plan provides grants for children enrolled in private schools. However, Marchant wants the program to be expanded to allow parents a broader opportunity to choose where their children attend school. He wants tax dollars to provide education for all students, whether enrolled in private, public or home-schooled.
In his run for the legislative seat to represent Las Vegas Assembly District 37, the self-titled “Real Conservative,” seeks to unseat first-term assemblyman, Trowbridge. The incumbent, also a Republican, voted for bigger government when he sided with those who enacted the Commerce Tax. Marchant declares, it is time for the citizenry of Las Vegas to inform politicians that the public expects them to keep their word. He adds, “I will do everything possible to represent you and your family.”
In the following video, Marchant outlines his plan to propel the city of Las Vegas forward. The video allows readers to hear the passion and determination, as described above, in the candidate’s own voice.
By Cathy Milne
Contract With Nevada Website
Website: Elect Jim Marchant for Las Vegas District 37
Las Vegas Business Journal: Confusing Commerce Tax Has One Hard Rule
The Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada Education Ranked Last in Nation
Images Courtesy of Jim Marchant – Published with Authorization