Chris Edwards (Nevada)
|Nevada State Assembly, District 19|
|February 2, 2015 - present|
|November 9, 2016|
|Years in position||0|
|Per diem||$152/per day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||6 terms (12 years)|
|Bachelor's||University of Notre Dame|
|Master's||George Washington University|
Edwards was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Nevada. Edwards was defeated by Democratic candidate Dina Titus on November 6, 2012.
Edwards joined the Navy after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1986. After he transitioned into reserve duty in 1994, he interned for Richard Armey in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1996, he received his M.P.A. from the George Washington University. He has since worked as a public administrator and national security consultant.
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Edwards served on the following committees:
|Nevada Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining|
|• Ways and Means|
Edwards's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Chris will support efforts to bring new industries to Nevada that will create jobs and opportunities for Nevadans and will oppose tax increases on job creators."
- Excerpt: "Chris knows that government doesn’t create jobs; Nevada’s small businesses do. He will help get government out of the way so businesses can grow and thrive. We need to stop changing the playing field so companies will feel confident investing and growing in Nevada."
- Excerpt: "Nevada’s children are falling behind. We have to make meaningful reforms to our education system that keep more tax dollars in the classroom and give parents more control to help their children succeed."
- Excerpt: "Chris will support charter schools, giving parents choices and the opportunity to send their students to a school that fits their needs and will support programs to identify and reward high performing teachers."
- Excerpt: "Chris knows how to balance a budget and has worked in many roles where he has witnessed firsthand how government budgets can grow out of control. Chris will work to eliminate wasteful spending and keep the state budget on track with population growth."
On his campaign website, Edwards listed three key issues. They were:
- As a free-market conservative, Edwards listed that he believes that the basic economic principle of "Supply and Demand" will win out in the long-run. He proposed a 3-phrase plan to fix the housing crisis in Nevada: First, he proposed that monthly mortgage payments be made more affordable by "refinancing 100 percent of the current loan at lower interest rates at no cost to the homeowner." Second, he advised principal reductions. Third, he suggested traditional resales as way to stabilize the market.
- Edwards proposed both immediate and long-term actions.
- Immediate: Approve the Keystone XL project, increase access to federal offshore lands for oil exploration, allow coal-fired plants to continue operating while improvements are developed, set business taxes "as low as possible for as long as possible," review business taxes that are set to increase in 2013, replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- Long-term: Make each congressional member responsible for $1 billion in federal savings, enact spending cuts to eliminate the deficit, review (and cut unnecessary) federal programs, and make the government borrow private sector practices to achieve savings.
- Foreign Policy
- Edwards stated that, "the world continues to be a dangerous place," but he believes that, "despite the troubles there are a number of opportunities for the United States. We could encourage pro-Western, moderate governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Brazil and Columbia are close neighbors with advanced economies whom we could make close friends and greater trading partners. There are many opportunities to build new friendships and trading relationships beyond the headlines. We must have a more competent, realistic and consistent foreign policy that creates new friendships and leads to significant, and mutually profitable, relationships. We must be ready to take advantage of opportunities when they arise."
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. James Zygadlo ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Chris Edwards defeated Laura Bledsoe and Frank Tavares in the Republican primary. Donald Hendon ran as a Libertarian candidate. Edwards defeated Zygadlo and Hendon in the general election.
|Nevada State Assembly District 19, General Election, 2014|
|Nevada State Assembly, District 19 Republican Primary, 2014|
Edwards ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 1st District. He defeated Charmaine Guss, Brian Landsberger, Herb Peters, and Miguel Rodrigues in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012. Edwards faced Democrat Dina Titus, Libertarian William Pojunis, and Independent American Party candidate Stan Vaughan in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Independent American Party of Nevada||Stan Vaughan||2.3%||4,145|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
|Nevada's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Edwards is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Edwards raised a total of $319,838 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 9, 2015.
|Chris Edwards's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||Nevada State Assembly, District 19||$136,167|
|2012||Nevada's 1st Congressional District||$183,671|
|Grand Total Raised||$319,838|
2014Edwards won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2014. During that election cycle, Edwards raised a total of $136,167.
|Nevada State Assembly 2014 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris Edwards's campaign in 2014|
|Sandoval for Governor||$5,000|
|Nevada Association of Realtors||$4,000|
|Cmte to Elect John Hambrick||$3,000|
|Barrick Gold Corp||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2014||$136,167|
|Source: Follow the Money|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Nevada's 1st Congressional District, 2012 - Chris Edwards Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$1,273,981|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$1,219,621|
|Top contributors to Chris Edwards (Nevada)'s campaign committee|
|Chris Edwards for Congress||$90,090|
|Assn of American Physicians & Surgeons||$2,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$5,000|
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- Profile from the Nevada State Assembly
- Profile from Open States
- Official Campaign Website
- Chris Edwards on Facebook
- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada," accessed November 7, 2012
- Chris Edwards Resume, "Christopher T. Edwards" March 22, 2012
- Chris Edwards for Nevada Assembly 19, "Issues," accessed May 19, 2014
- Chris Edwards for Congress, "Issues" April 19, 2012
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2014 filed candidates," accessed April 8, 2014
- Clark County, "Candidate filing," accessed April 8, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State, "Nevada Primary Election 2014," accessed June 10, 2014
- C-SPAN Campaign 2012 "Nevada Primary Results," June 12, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Contributions to Edwards, Chris," accessed April 9, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Chris Edwards 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 21, 2013
Cresent Hardy (R)
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