Cresent Hardy

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Cresent Hardy
Nevada State Assembly, District 19
In office
February 7, 2011 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Place of birthMesquite, Nevada
Office website
Campaign website
Cresent Hardy is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Hardy became the Assistant Minority Floor Leader during the 2013 session.

Hardy is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Nevada. He won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014.[1]


Hardy's professional experience includes co-founding Golf Fore Kids Fundraising Program.


Campaign themes


The following excerpts came from Hardy's website:[2]

Economy: ."..We need to keep bureaucracy and costs to a minimum to help start Nevada’s business engine...."

Education: "Cresent Hardy believes we need to direct more money to where it matters...the classroom. Large blocks of education dollars should not be going to administration, bureaucrats, consultants or other items that do not directly impact our children’s education. Good teachers need to be rewarded, encouraged and allowed to do what they do best—teach our children...."

Health care: ."..Cresent Hardy believes doctors and patients need to be making the healthcare decisions, not bureaucrats from the government or from the insurance company. He will fight to end frivolous lawsuits and wasteful testing that comes from defensive medicine by supporting the voter-approved cap on malpractice lawsuits...."

Transportation and infrastructure: ."..We need to shelve projects that are no longer feasible or cost effective but we must continue on with longterm projects that take years or decades of planning and development...."

Liberty and welfare: "Cresent Hardy is a firm believer in personal responsibility and opportunity.... We have a moral obligation to help those who need assistance, to provide a hand up to those who need it and to have compassion on those who are suffering. Government has a role in helping provide essential services to those who are unable to care for their own needs such as the elderly, the infirm or disabled. We as a society need to provide this assistance, but as much as possible it needs to be done by charities, private enterprise and faith based organizations."

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Cresent Hardy endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hardy served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hardy served on the following committees:



See also: Nevada's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hardy is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 4th District. Hardy won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Hardy to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[4][5]

U.S. House, Nevada District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCresent Hardy 42.6% 10,396
Niger Innis 33.1% 8,076
Mike Monroe 22.1% 5,392
Carlo Poliak 2.1% 523
Total Votes 24,387
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


The New America PAC NV released an ad in May 2014 criticizing Hardy for voting for Obamacare and for not being a true conservative.[6]

New America PAC ad attacking Hardy


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Hardy ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 19. Hardy ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Felipe Rodriguez (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9][10]

Nevada State Assembly, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCresent Hardy Incumbent 56.6% 13,152
     Democratic Felipe Rodriguez 43.4% 10,090
Total Votes 23,242


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Hardy won election to the Nevada State Assembly. Hardy defeated Richard Stubbs in the June 8 primary election by a margin of 3,396-2403. He defeated Lynn Goya (D) in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 20 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Roberson (R) 12,526
Lynn Goya (D) 7,118

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hardy is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hardy raised a total of $269,156 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[11]

Cresent Hardy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 19 Won $150,993
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 20 Won $118,163
Grand Total Raised $269,156


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hardy's reports.[12]

Cresent Hardy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[13]January 31, 2014$0.00$123,736.20$(18,073.83)$105,662.37
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$105,662.37$45,658.72$(48,930.41)$102,390.68
Running totals


Hardy won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Hardy raised a total of $150,993.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Cresent Hardy's campaign in 2012
Las Vegas Sands$10,000
Combs, Robert$10,000
Hardy, Cresent L.$8,000
Newmont Mining$5,500
Nevada Association Of Realtors$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$150,993
Source:Follow the Money


Hardy won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Hardy raised a total of $118,163.


Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".[15]


Hardy received a score of 78.53% in the 2011 report card, ranking 11th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[15]


Hardy and his wife, Peri, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Brooks (D)
Nevada State Assembly District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joseph Hardy (R)
Nevada State Assembly District 20
Succeeded by
Ellen Spiegel (D)