Michael Naft

Michael Naft

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Michael  Naft

Democratic for Clark County Commission District A

 

Candidate contact information:

Email address: Michael@MichaelNaft.com

Phone number: 702-769-9225

Facebook: @MichaelNaftLV

Twitter: @MichaelNaft

Website: MichaelNaft.com 

 

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES

 

Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.

 

While running for elected office was not my aspiration I have always been attracted to community and government service. I was appointed to the Clark County Commission by Governor Steve Sisolak, who held the position for ten years. I am honored to be concluding the remaining two years he had left in his term and am seeking to retain the seat because I see local government service as one of the truest forms of service. The County has wide jurisdiction over many areas that impact the lives of residents every day and I am honored to help improve the community I grew up in.

While running for elected office was not my aspiration I have always been attracted to community and government service. I was appointed to the Clark County Commission by Governor Steve Sisolak, who held the position for ten years. I am honored to be concluding the remaining two years he had left in his term and am seeking to retain the seat because I see local government service as one of the truest forms of service. The County has wide jurisdiction over many areas that impact the lives of residents every day and I am honored to help improve the community I grew up in.

 

How do you plan to address growth in the County? What is your opinion on infill vs. sprawl development, infrastructure needs and transportation issues?

 

I believe the Southern Nevada Lands Bill is an important tool by which we can manage sprawl. The final language can memorialize the balance between the need to protect vital public resources and economic development. We must encourage in-fill development and disincentivize leap-frog residential enclaves within the lands bill. Moreover, we will protect vast swaths of public open space and sensitive lands for the enjoyment of generations to come.

 

What are your plans for addressing the issue of affordable housing?

 

As a member of the Board of County Commissioners I have supported an aggressive effort to address housing insecurity and affordability in southern Nevada. I approved funding plans for new affordable housing developments and have designated land for future affordable housing developments. In addition, the board has directed County staff to establish several programs that will create incentives for new affordable housing developments and preserve existing affordable housing for very low-income households.

 

How would you improve the County’s resources and assistance for people experiencing homelessness?

 

I have supported more than $76 million for services such as emergency homeless shelters, transitional and permanent housing programs, and indigent nursing home care. This includes $12 million in marijuana-fee revenue that the board directed to help the homeless through programs that will increase the number of beds available to homeless families, youth, and the medically fragile. This funding is separate from state marijuana revenues being directed toward education. I strongly disagree with the approach taken by the City of Las Vegas regarding the criminalization of homeless individuals and while I could not imagine it rising to the County, I would certainly oppose any similar measure if it did.

 

How would you deal with the lack of mental health funding in this State at the County level?

 

The deficiencies in our mental health treatment are being exposed more now than ever. Everyone’s mental health is being put to the test by the challenges the coronavirus has presented; and the impact on those with existing mental health issues is much more pronounced. We are entering a phase of the pandemic that will cause a surge in demand for mental health services for which Nevada is not prepared. It is incumbent upon the County to fight for both federal and state “Health Center” recovery funds to be directed to Clark County mental health services. At the same time, we must block efforts to fill the financial gaps that are being created by the outbreak by reducing funding for mental health treatment.

 

Should public transportation options be expanded? If so, how would you pay for expansion of public transportation options?

 

With the onset of the coronavirus, new funding initiatives will likely be deprioritized. While this is extremely unfortunate because I strongly believe southern Nevada could greatly benefit from increased access to modern and functional mass transportation. I continue to be active in supporting the privately funded high speed rail to California and would support the concept of expanding the Boring Company project beyond the Convention Center, down the strip and eventually throughout our community. I see this as an innovative project that will be considered even more seriously because of its ability to limit passengers per vehicle while maintaining high ridership volumes.

 

In 2015, the Nevada Legislature preempted all local governments’ ability to regulate firearms. Should local governments have the ability to regulate firearms? If so, what type of laws would you like to see enacted at a county level to reduce gun violence?

 

 

Local governments should be granted additional regulatory authority over firearms to enable regulations that best meet the makeup of local communities. I support expended Red Flag laws to minimize the threat from those deemed an imminent risk to the well-being of others.

 

 

Do you support fair wages and working conditions for public sector employees?

 

I have been an ardent and consistent supporter of fair wages for public sector employees. And there is no bigger defender of an employee’s right to a safe, inclusive workplace than me. Since the time I served as District Director for Congresswoman Dina Titus, I have stood side-by-side with public employees. It is important the fair wages and safe workplace standards extend to government-funded capital and construction projects as well.

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