07 Oct Jonathan Esteban
Photographs provided by candidates or their campaign committees.
Jonathan Royce Esteban
Libertarian for U.S. House of Representatives CD4
Candidate contact information:
Email address: email@example.com
Phone number: 702-720-5696
CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES
Please share briefly what inspired you to run for this office and why you feel you’re qualified for the position.
As a young man, I was instilled with the American value of public service – generations of my family having served in U.S. Armed Forces. I was taught: when our leaders ignore our voices and no one else is out there fighting for positive change, then it is your duty to stand up and run for office. As an activist, I learned to build bipartisan coalitions so we can advance the solutions of the future. In this election, I bring a new and engaged representation to Nevada – a working class citizen fighting for working class people.
What policies would you pursue to diversify the state’s economy and create new jobs that pay a living wage?
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, I will advocate to keep taxes low or replace the federal income tax with FairTax (a national sales tax). Under FairTax, Americans receive a monthly rebate of an equal amount, like universal basic income, stimulating the economy at the consumer level regardless of tax filing status.
In order to address historic lows in unemployment we must acknowledge the evolution of our workforce during this Fourth Industrial Revolution. We must topple restrictions placed on our markets and industries so that we create an enticing prospective job market to new businesses. Our expansive real estate in the state, relatively low cost of living, and skilled workforce means we have a potential to become a global center for technology and data.
In addition to that, it is the duty of Congress to vote on new trade and foreign travel agreements with nations that promotes tourism in Nevada and bring international business.
In 2019, Nevada joined the US Climate Alliance and took aggressive steps to address climate change by increasing our Renewable Portfolio Standard and encourage a shift to clean energy sources such as solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wind. What policies do you support to continue this effort, particularly in the transportation sector?
I will not support further subsidies for the clean energy industry. To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainability, I will support policies that corrects health risks in energy production and deregulates the safe generation of nuclear power. We must look to state legislatures to end utility provider exclusivity, as competition empowers innovation.
With the possibility of the Affordable Care Act being repealed by the Supreme Court, including the Medicaid expansion and protections on coverage for preexisting conditions, what should be done to address the issues Nevada will face under that scenario?
With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Congress must work to withdraw hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies for the insurance market and reinvest in an open public option.
What are your recommendations for paid sick days and paid family leave?
States should make recommendations for paid sick/family leave requirements and apply them locally.
In Nevada, childcare costs can sometimes exceed the cost of rent and public university tuition. What policy solutions will you support to substantially address these rising costs for families?
The passage of a universal basic income can support the costs of childcare and their college funds, supplemental to employer sponsored benefits.
What do you believe is the best approach ensure all of Nevada’s children have equal access to a quality education?
Reality is: education is not confined to the classroom. In many cases, online schooling, or “distance learning,” have proven successful for some students. For others, private institutes may be preferred over their child’s zoned school. Providing school choice corrects the wasteful spending and overcrowding at many of Nevada’s public schools, whereas funding increases feed bloated bureaucratic costs. A mix of free, public digital and in-person curriculum guarantees every student gets the access to quality education.
The General Mining Act of 1872 was written to facilitate mineral extraction as quickly and cheaply as possible–leaving out federal royalties for mining. A lot has changed in 148 years, and since then, mining companies have left hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines across Nevada with the cleanup bill left to the taxpayers. How do you believe we should reform the 1872 General Mining Act to better protect taxpayers, land, and water?
As part of corporate reforms, Congress must require corporations have disaster financing or insurance to cover the costs of accidents like those in the mining industry. Accountability ensures fair treatment of land, water, and people.
Nevada has the largest share of public land of any state in the country, providing access for a variety of recreational and commercial uses. How would you address the issues related to public lands and their continued future uses?
Nevada’s public land should be funded. Federal lands should be released for sale.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Indigenous women face murder rates more than 10 times higher than the national average. What do you think the federal government can do to address this issue?
The federal government must improve communication between tribal communities and law enforcement, enhance public awareness, and remove deeply discriminatory Colonialist policy.
The majority of Nevada’s children are children of color, and many families have been affected by current immigration policies, incarceration, and criminal sentencing policies, reducing economic prospects and civic integration. How would you work to address these issues to provide opportunities to all Nevadans?
Let us grant an immediate path to citizenship to any resident that has lived here, served here, paid their dues, and raised a family in this country. Let us forge new foreign relations to serve as a fair and morally just immigration system, expanding legal migration into America.
In 2019, Nevada significantly expanded voting rights and access to voting locations. What additional measures, if any, are needed to improve the efficiency, accessibility, and integrity of elections?
Ballots should be secured by paper receipt and blockchain. Mail-in voting must be guaranteed, as to provide everyone an opportunity to participate, including rural folks. Verification via signature proves an effective identification for ballot audits. Fundamentally however, the only way to protect the integrity of elections is ranked choice voting – where a candidate needs a supermajority to win.
What is your position on universal background checks for firearm sales and other policies to address gun violence in this country?
I do not support measures that require gun dealers to enforce background checks on sales, this only fuels the black market. Addressing gun violence is a community issues, decentralizing our response is important.
Do you support the legalization and regulation of marijuana?
Yes, I back the legalization of marijuana, as well as decriminalization of minor possession and exemptions for at-home growers/cultivation.