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Charmaine Guss

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Charmaine Guss
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Nevada, District 1
ProfessionClient Coordinator
Campaign website
Charmaine Guss was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Nevada.


Guss is a client coordinator with the Women's Resource Medical Centers of Southern Nevada, a pro-life medical organization.[1] She has also been a small business owner for more than 32 years. She has served on the Clark County Party Executive Board.[2]



See also: Nevada's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Guss ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 1st District. She lost to Chris Edwards in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.[3][4]

Primary results

Nevada's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Edwards 48.2% 4,786
Brian Landsberger 18.1% 1,800
Charmaine Guss 15.5% 1,534
Miguel Rodrigues 11.7% 1,163
Herb Peters 6.5% 643
Total Votes 9,926


Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Guss listed 11 issues. They are:[5]

  • ”Jobs”
  • Guss proposes a reduction of costs associated with starting and growing businesses. She proposes lower taxes and fees to create business-friendly environment, she proposes the implementation of monetary polices that encourage businesses to hire and grow. She also suggests creating positive incentives for businesses to return to the USA. And she is a supporter of "fair trade," not "free-for-all trade."
  • ”Affordable Living”
  • Guss proposes that the US develops domestic energy resources, increases energy production and distribution, encourages energy research & development based on cost-effectiveness - not political correctness, returns agencies such as the EPA and AEC to their original charters and streamline their processes, eliminates the prohibition on recycling nuclear resources, and helps senior citizens on fixed incomes to keep their homes and be secure in their golden years.
  • ”Family Values”
  • Guss proposes that the US stops policies that pay for fathers to leave their families, and provides for a "Family Bill of Rights."
  • ”Social Security”
  • Guss proposes that Social Security is returned to its own investment fund as it originally was. She would prohibit Congress from raiding the Social Security fund, pay Social Security to American citizens who have paid into it.
  • ”Education”
  • Guss proposes to "get bureaucrats out of the classroom." She says that school systems must facilitate learning - not dictate it. "Parents must be encouraged to see their childrens' progress and teachers must be given the tools." She wants to "fund success, not failure."
  • ”Foreign Affairs”
  • Guss proposes that the US "Pick fights only when we have to. Pick our fights carefully, for specific outcomes and fight to win." She says, "Identify who stands with us and who does not. Support only those who do. Invest our lives and treasure only in specific, realistic, beneficial and attainable goals overseas. Never surrender our constitution or our constitutional rights to any foreign body or treaty."
  • ”National Security”
  • On her website, Guss says, "National security requires we be strong financially, industrially, militarily and politically. Politically, anything or anyone that emphasizes divisions among us weakens us; things that promote our American heritage and common future strengthen us. We won World War I and World War II because we had a manufacturing infrastructure and developed natural resources so that we could be the champion of freedom in the world. We have lost that ability today. We can regain it if we reverse the consequences of years of unwise taxing, regulation and spending. For the first time in US history, the USA had its international credit rating lowered. Our government must work to make our Dollar strong, not weaken it."
  • ”Politics”
  • On her website, Guss says, "I am not, nor do I wish to be a career politician. I speak plainly and mean what I say. Yet the ability to work with differing backgrounds and opinions is an asset, so long as its purpose it to serve our best interests as a nation, not just personal interests. It is true that a house divided against itself cannot stand. We must define common goals and work to achieve them despite differences. Anyone who promotes divisiveness is not serving we the people. However, when our survival is challenged, such as the ever-increasing national debt or the infringement of our constitutional rights, I will take a stand and stand firm."
  • ”Our Bill of Rights”
  • On her website, Guss says, "In Biblical history, Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of porridge. We, as a nation, are now doing the same thing. The assault on our rights by federal agencies and acts of Congress never make us safer personally or nationally. They merely steal our national birthright. The first ten amendments, our Bill of Rights, was part of the original US Constitution, paid for in the blood and tears of generations. I am a Life Member of NRA, a member of Gun Owners of America and a CCW holder. I am a former business owner."
  • ”Veterans Affairs”
  • On her website, Guss says, "Those who have risked their lives, endured hardships and accepted the lack of a stable life to ensure our safety and freedoms have done so with an understanding that they and their families will be taken care of. If a government employee who goes safely to a 9 to 5 job five days a week can have decent retirement benefits, then those who sacrifice and risk all should have no less. Yet those who have risked and sacrificed in our military are now being ignored or penalized by a government that now sees them as politically insignificant. This is unacceptable."
  • ”Environment”
  • On her website, Guss says, "Policy must strike a rational balance between responsible stewardship and our national and community needs. The pendulum, once too far away from stewardship, has swung too far the other way. The severe industrial pollution of the communist countries is as extreme as the insistence that the Alaskan pipeline or development of other energy resources must be held hostage to vague notions of grassy knolls. The actual record shows that development of our resources and responsible stewardship are not mutually exclusive goals."[5]

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