27 Apr Patrick “Mac” McAtee-MacRae
Patrick “Mac” McAtee-MacRae
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Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.
District 1, only had 1 candidate last election. Which to me is no election. Not to mention my elected representatives voted party line at each turn and some of those items they voted for restricted or removed my rights. They support a party that allows open boarders and riots in our streets with our consequence. A party that believes the more money you spend the lower inflation will be. Ok, I don't think they really believe it, but they want us too.
Would you support allocating more state funds to help DACA recipients to help with higher education?
I am not a fan of free education. Mostly because it is not free, our tax dollars pay for it. However, that being said if the individual knows nothing else but the United States and has been working and paying taxes then I would support some assistance for them. Providing they are working on becoming a U.S. Citizen.
How will the state fight the growing issue of homelessness that is increasing in our communities and use funds to expand on shelters for these community members?
There are as many reasons for homelessness as there are homeless. Blanket solutions of throwing more money at the problem is not the answer. 1. if they are veterans get them together with the VA to start, it may not be the answer for them, but it is a start. There is no easy answer. Some are homeless due to physical or mental issues, others are not. So a one size fits all will not work, the only viable choice I see is by using an individual approach. A tough job, a dirty job. In the end you would only be able to help those capable of helping themselves with training or another opportunity. I am willing to talk with an excellent social worker for advice and listen to other possible answers.
Nevada has historically protected the right to abortion, including protecting the right in statute 30 years ago by a vote of the people. However, there remain barriers to access in the state. Do you support not only the right to abortion but policies that improve equitable access to abortion care?
In Short I am pro-choice. Why? because I spent 31 years in the military supporting American's right to make a choice. I am not fond of paying for abortion with tax payer dollars, except under exceptional circumstances. I am not in favor of using abortion as a birth control method! Legislating morality is not something I believe works very well. SO, yes in short the choice of having an abortion should be available.
The state of Nevada is facing an unprecedented shortage of health care providers – a problem that impacts every area of medicine, including the provision of sexual and reproductive care. Do you support removing the physician-only requirement and allowing advanced practice clinicians (APCs) to provide this vital care to patients with training and certification?
And at the beginning of the pandemic we did a good job of treating our health care workers as the precious resource that they are! Later on, not so much! I would truly need to research this issue a little deeper. I am use to Nurse Practitioners and am fine with the ones I have met and used. If APC's were/are of that quality then I am sure there is a way forward. Otherwise another solution would be needed.
It is well documented that patients of color face greater obstacles to obtaining sexual and reproductive health care than non-Hispanic white Americans – a pattern that results in worse health outcomes overall for BIPOC patients. Do you not only acknowledge systemic racism’s role in public health disparities but will you pursue policies that seek to rectify the historical harm of systemic racism and advance equitable access to health care?
I am for fairness now and in the future for everyone. Systemic Racism is too much of a buzz word and means so many different things to different people. I have never tolerated racism, so will not start now, however I will not support this politically slanted question and supposition.
Knowing that the death penalty is exorbitantly expensive, racially discriminatory, and does not promote true healing for victims family members, do you support its abolition and do you think ending the death penalty is a crucial part of criminal justice reform?
No! I do not. The ultimate penalty should be available, but used very sparingly.
True Colors United, a national organization that implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ young people continues to rate Nevada as critically low, for its State Index on Youth Homelessness (in collaboration with the National Homelessness Law Center) that ranks and scores laws and policies related to preventing and addressing youth homelessness in the United States. Are you willing to support legislation that helps to fund and provide oversight regulations to youth homelessness services?
True Colors may be a fine organization, but I have no knowledge or experience with them. Legislation affording protections for any public service is needed.
Anti-transgender bills are being introduced across the United States that attempt to prevent trans people from having access to health care, gender reassignment surgery, and access to sports in schools. Do you support transgender equality and access to healthcare and an athletic school experience?
Not at the expense to women! Healthcare, just like everyone else! That is equality!
We have seen rental rates increasing at a very alarming rate, in some instances upwards of 30%. How do you see the Nevada Legislature taking action to keep Nevadans in their homes and not being priced out?
Currently there is little to no limits placed on land lords ability to raise rents. An equitable rate increase as prices rise are needed. We here in Nevada have many lower income jobs, which help fuel our gambling and entertainment industries. So, if we let everyone get put out of their apartments and homes who will do the work?
Nevada has one of the largest shares of federal public land of any state in the country, providing important wildlife habitat, places to hunt, camp, fish and hike, and acting as the foundation of a billion dollar outdoor industry. Even so, some lawmakers have promoted policies that seek wholesale transfer of federal ownership of our national lands to states. A) Would you support or oppose these land transfer policies? B) Would should the State of Nevada’s role be in the management and ownership of federal land?
Sounds like there are multiple policies, with out reading each one, does not seem possible too provide an answer. The States role on any public land should be the best interest of the public. Yes, that can change.
State investments in conservation provide resources for a wide range of public benefit, like the management of wildlife and state land, and the creation and maintenance of trails and other recreational facilities. In 2019, the Legislature approved $217 million of bonding authority for conservation purposes, including for the acquisition of land for new state parks. A) Do you support or oppose state investment in conservation? B) Has Nevada’s investment in land conservation been too little, too much, or about right, and how would you change it?
I do support state investment in conservation. It is a responsibility of the state to ensure our natural resources are here for the next generation. The State in general needs to do more conservation.
Would you support addressing public health disparities in Nevada’s diverse Spanish speaking population by funding a “Promotores de Salud” program through the Nevada Office of New Americans that provides year round, culturally competent education and community engagement in Spanish on public health issues?
Why would this be wrong? I do not see how? Those working on being effective American Citizens should be provided assistance.
What are you doing to center communities of color and low-income communities in your work, and how do you ensure that equity is part of every decision you make?
In my line of work as a federal contractor this does not truly apply. However, the government and my company that I work for will not tolerate any inequality or the appearance of. Further, very specific requirements are needed for employment in my area. I nor my boss have any time to worry about the color of a prospective employee. If they are qualified and willing, they are hired on the phone and are not required to indicate race etc..
The APIA community faces the largest unmet financial needs when it comes to higher education. Nevada has the highest student loan default rate in the country. In Nevada, there are 333,100 student loan borrowers, $11.5 Billion in student loan debt, and $34,700 in average debt per borrower. What policies can we implement to ensure students and families are protected from predatory lenders and undue financial burdens?
This is an issue and problem for all students, not just APIA students/community. Other than the many current policies and laws protecting not just students but all borrowers. I would recommend that (if not already done) Institutes of higher education have lists of reputable lenders that student could use for reference. I believe most colleges have financial assistance offices where these items could be housed for the use of any student.
Latinx communities are extremely concerned about the drought and ongoing water shortages. What would you do to ensure our families have a sustainable water supply, not just now but also future generations?
I am not sure I have heard the term Latinx (Latino) Hispanic etc yes. So why would it only be Latinx communities. Sounds like an all communities issue. This goes straight back to the conservation question earlier. Nevada and its municipalities have very direct restrictions due to water shortages. Campaigns to change peoples habits and fines for those that still do not learn.
One out of seven people in Clark County are food insecure. What policies would you propose to ensure people are not residing in food deserts and have access to healthy food and water sources?
This is an issue, given the current economic conditions that are likely to get worse in the near term. If needed promote food banks and other Civic organization that will provide food for those in need. Use public media to provide the details of where food and water may be obtained. And in emergency circumstance the government may need to deliver water and food. This would need to depend on the actual emergency taking place. Short term? Long term? This type of issue can take president over many others based on severity.