|U.S. Senate, Nevada|
Ellsworth was born in Tooele, Utah. After graduating from high school in 1972, Ellsworth went on a two-year mission to Mexico City, Mexico, for the LDS Church. In 1977, he obtained his B.A. in communications from Brigham Young University. He then worked in the financial industry for 25 years before starting his own renewable energy firm, Green Plains Renewable Energy, in Las Vegas in 2004.
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012, detailing the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would impact the political fate of which party ended up with control in 2013. The seat rated a toss-up that Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was most likely to depend on the outcome of the Presidential election in November is the Senate seat in Nevada. According to the article, "the size of the Hispanic vote in Nevada come November may be more of a deciding factor in this contest than any SuperPAC."
On his campaign website, Ellsworth listed nine issues. They were:
- Restore and protect the middle class
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "We have a bought Congress in this country, which is why Congress refuses to raise the taxes of the wealthy, but are more than happy to place greater burdens on the middle class in our nation. That needs to change and a level playing field needs to be created."
- Real regulation on Wall Street
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "My top priority in Washington would be to write and introduce legislation to repeal Gramm Leach Bliley, and to reinstate the protections provided under Glass Steagall."
- Job creation
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "We must take steps to make America a place where new and small businesses can thrive, first and foremost by repealing the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest in our society and cutting spending to reduce the deficit, so that people aren't afraid to innovate and take risks."
- Real homeowner relief
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "We are going to commence petitions in the coming days asking the Governor of Nevada and the President of the United States to issue Executive Orders to stop banks from foreclosing on homes until the homeowners are allowed to reduce the amounts of their mortgages by an amount equal to 50% of the amount the home is underwater."
- Citzens United vs. FEC reversed
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "If elected to the Senate, I would introduce legislation to statutorily reverse the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case known as: Citizens United v. FEC (The Federal Election Commission)."
- Health care that works
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "The rest of the industrialized world provides health care for all of their citizens, and at a far lower cost. There are many high-quality systems of health care throughout the world the United States could copy and learn from. There are several solutions all far superior to our absurdly expensive, inefficient, dishonest system."
- Restructuring our tax code
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "This is unfair and needs to be stopped. We need a level playing field where everyone pays their fair share. The wealthiest companies and individuals can afford to pay more than the middle class and the poor, from whom they make the vast majority of their profits. If elected, I would do everything in my power to make such changes to our tax code."
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "It is our responsibility to help ease the burden by providing fair loan payment programs, increased financial aid packages, and real loan forgiveness policies."
- Immigration reform
- On his website, Ellsworth says, "Those who come to the United States to work hard and serve embody what is great about our nation, and they inspire new belief in the American Dream. Doing the right thing for new Americans would increase government revenues by $2.3 billion over the next ten years and help propel us back toward having the best educated work-force in the world."
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- Las Vegas Sun Article
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