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    A representative for Northern Nevada

    I am running for the House of Representatives because I can represent you better than any other candidate. I am not a lawyer or a career politician. I have lived in the Reno area since I was 15. I have many experiences that no other candidate can match; especially the career politicians and lawyers, that know nothing of the struggles for the working families of Northern Nevada. I am a veteran. I joined the Army at 17 years old, after graduating early from Reed High School in Sparks....


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      I have tried to list the most important questions here. However, there are more questions and answers at the bottom of the website under quick links and the candidate questionnaire. I copied these questions from the website ballotpedia. If you have other questions, feel free to list them here and I will respond.

      1What are your economic principles and how do you plan to help the people of Northern Nevada economically?

      I believe that we need to pay for what we have spent and find new streams of income for the government, to be able to solve the problems facing our nation. The deficit has been growing since the year 2000, when we had a surplus. We need to be a party of fiscal responsibility and that will include tax increases on the ultra-wealthy people and corporations, who have increased our deficit with tax cuts and an Internal Revenue Service that has stopped auditing these entities. We need to pass legislation making it impossible to hold the American people hostage by not funding the government, over the debt ceiling, created by the people who irresponsibly rang up the debt with unfunded wars and tax breaks.


      I believe in the 7 Economic Fundamentals by Robert Reight

      1. Workers are consumers
      2. Consumer spending equals 70% of all economic activity
      3. The wealthy spend a much smaller percentage of their income
      4. Concentrated wealth doesn’t create enough purchasing power
      5. Sufficient economic demand requires the middle class and poor
      6. Policies to help working families create better stimulus than tax breaks for the wealthy
      7. All Americans do better in a growing economy
      2What do you see are the main issues facing the people of northern Nevada?
      We are experiencing unprecedented growth in the areas around USA Parkway; Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fernley, and the rest of the northern Nevada's 2nd congressional district. This is causing many problems including affordable housing, questions about water availability and growth, getting funding for infrastructure projects that will include improvement to Interstate 80 between Sparks and USA Parkway. I call this stretch of highway the Tesla 500 and I drive this every day. We need to plan for 6 lanes to handle the growth that this area has experienced and will experience in the near future. We need more funding for forest management and climate issues. The Sierra Nevada forests were on fire most of the Summer of 2021. We can no longer push climate policy to the future.
      3Why would you run for congress in a district that is an 8-point favorite for Republican candidates and has never had a Democrat elected?
      I have lived in the Reno-Sparks area since I was 15 years old. I graduated from Reed High School in Sparks. I attended and graduated from the University of Nevada. I have taught in Washoe County, Carson City, and Lyon County. My two sons were born here and graduated from McQueen High School and the University of Nevada. I have owned and managed properties in both Reno and Sparks. I owned my own business in Sparks for 11 years. I have so many different work experiences in this area, I feel I can represent the working people in my district better than a life-time politician or attorney. I love Northern Nevada; it is my home. I feel my country is calling me just like I did when I was 17 and joined the Army. I have the “Growth Mindset” and I am not afraid of losing.
      44. What do you see as the main problems and possible solutions with our public schools today?

      I believe that our schools are a reflection of our society. Schools simply reflect the neighborhoods where the students and families come from. I have taught at one-star schools, and I have taught at a 5-star school. The schools are a favorite target of the Republican Party. I have heard them say on Fox News, “The National Education Association is an organization that works to sexually mature children and steer them towards homosexuality, then teach those students an un-American ideology. How could any educator support the Hate, Anger and Fear of the Republican Party?


      There has been a well-orchestrated effort to make our schools fail, or at least look like they are failing, and here are some examples. During the great recession our elementary schools had a choice to get rid of their certified music teacher, or their certified school counselor. These cuts have not been restored even though there is countless studies and evidence that both of these positions contribute to a student’s educational success.


      When the Common Core State Standards were implemented, I was teaching at Fritsch Elementary School in Carson City. Fritsch was a 5-star school. There were no changes in the administration, no changes in the staff, no district rezoning to bring in students from other areas. Yet, during the first year of implementing the common core, Fritsch became a 3-star school based on the results from the new standards.


      The expected student testing results for teachers in kindergarten have been raised. Students are expected to achieve at a higher level than ever before. This has been done without any pre-K education being available or funded at these schools. Class sizes in these classrooms are unmanageable and many students start school lacking any basic skills. You can’t raise the bar without funding or planning. Blaming the teachers is not a strategy.


      Since the year 2000, and the Republican landmark legislation, “No Child Left Behind,” there has been a loss of people wanting to teach. Education colleges have the lowest enrollment they have had in decades. Teachers are forced to teach multiple classes because no substitute teachers are available. Teachers, like me, at the end of their career, are leaving as soon as they are able to. I will retire at the end of this year, my first year possible, because of the lawmakers and their attacks on my profession. I will never take a job as a special-education teacher again, even though I enjoy it and enjoy the students. I earned this credential for special education early in my career, while attending the University, and spent the extra tuition and extra student teaching expense with no extra pay. Lawmakers have made students with learning disabilities and Individual Educational Plans, take the same standardized tests as other students and those results are counted against the school, and against the teacher. If you are a regular education teacher, with a high population of these IEP students in your class, you are pressured and penalized for not having test scores as high as the teachers with no special education students in their room. If you try the strategy of homogeneous grouping, grouping students by ability, you are penalized for taking the lower students on a “Reading Acceleration Plan” which adds hours onto the teacher who takes these students. Ability grouping can’t be use for reading anymore because the teacher taking the class with lower functioning students gets many, many hours of paperwork to prove to the state that he or she is doing their job. Our evaluation system takes hours to fill out. It accomplishes nothing. It has been made so lengthy and has produced no results. The simple act of renewing our license has been made more difficult and more time consuming. One day a week is an early release day for teacher training. This is ridiculous. When is a teacher allowed to have the title “journeyman” like my brother, the former president of the Electrician’s union in Reno. Your teacher training has produced no results, has wasted millions of dollars, and has taken instructional time away from our students. Our school are not failing, our society and the policies affecting our schools are failing.


      The only educational policy that makes sense and that has proof of working is “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” When students have all of their needs met, they do well in school. Education is at the pinnacle of needs and is only possible when students have their other basic needs being met. That is why poor schools don’t score as well as those with wealthier families. This was figured out in the 1960’s. Stop wasting my tax dollars on school policies made to make the schools look like they are failing. I resent and repudiate school vouchers, school choice, standardized testing, teacher evaluations linked to student test scores, and law makers who parrot these failed policies as solutions. It’s time to put the money into young families, raise kids out of poverty, and make teaching a profession respected by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

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      Michael Doucette

      I will attack this campaign with the same thing I tell my students to attack their assignments with-“The Growth Mindset” from the book by Annie Brock and Heather Huntley.

      The growth mindset is the belief that with practice, perseverance, and effort, people have limitless potential to learn and grow. People operating under the growth mindset take on challenges with the understanding that making mistakes and failing are essential to growth.

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