A sketch of the state, Nevada.

Time to get green, Nevada! To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.

Voting in Nevada

Nevada’s primary is on June 12, so it’s coming up fast! Your state has a closed primary type, which means you have to be registered with a political party to vote, and you can only vote for candidates affiliated with your party. Candidates only need the most votes to move onto the general election in November.

Things on the ballot this year: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, other state executives, state senate, state assembly, state supreme court, local judges, school boards, ballot measures, and municipal government.

U.S. Senate

Our pick: Jacky Rosen – (Campaign Site)

  • Democrat
  • U.S. Representative since 2016
  • Summary: 97% League of Conservation Voters Scorecard

Jacky has done a pretty good job on the sustainable side of votes during her time serving as a Representative. She’s worked to protect Gold Butte and Basin and Range to make sure the beauty in these national monuments remain preserved. She also supports renewable energy and helped lead a solar energy project in Henderson. Jacky sees this initiative and other clean energy initiatives like it as ways to create jobs, reduce pollution, and ensure clean air and water. She also vows to fight for Yucca Mountain and keep it safe from nuclear waste, which is being considered as a nuclear waste dump.

Other Senate Candidates:

U.S. House of Representatives

Find your district here.

District 1

Our pick: Reuben D’Silva 

  • Democrat
  • Served in Marine Corps
  • History Teacher

Reuben is ready to push for “bold” environmental initiatives, starting with clean and renewable energy sources. He believes policies should consider how human actions impact the environment, and how the environment, in turn, effects workers, low-income communities, and creates public health conditions. Reuben wants to conserve the environment, transition to green energy, and push the country towards leading in the international fight against climate change.

Other District 1 Candidates:

District 2

Our pick: Rick Shepherd 

  • Democrat
  • Founder of Synux Technologies Incorporated
  • Former professor at University of Nevada
  • Summary: Mining cleanup plans.

Rick has a lot on his sustainable to-do list. First up, he’s looking to help get residents in on renewable energy by making changes to the Net-Metering policy. With Rick’s plan, the policy will incentivize owners to make renewable energy investments by providing them the access to sell excess power to the local utility. Rick is also looking to develop more urban farming opportunities in order to conserve water, produce food locally for nearby communities, and reduce pesticides and fertilizer wastes. Reducing water here is key, since Nevada has a difficult time sourcing water, often times from the Midwest. Furthermore, Rick is done with fracking. He wants the practice and all its environmental risks out of Nevada. Plus, he supports a carbon tax in order to reduce our harmful emission output.

There’s a lot of good things here, but you should know that Rick is not looking to stop mining. While he implies he’s talking more about mining metals than coal, this is not clearly stated. Despite this though, Rick has a respectable plan here. He’s looking to create a mining tax. The revenue of this would fund cleanups from virtually abandoned sites that remain legally open in order to avoid cleanup funding.

Other District 2 Candidates:
  • Vance Alm (D) 
  • Patrick Fogarty (D) 
  • Jesse Hurley (D)
  • Clint Koble (D) 
  • Jack Schofield Jr (D)
  • Sharron Angle (R) – Does not support regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
  • Mark Amodei (R) – Incumbent – Some good and bad here. Good: He introduced the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act, which protects 26,000 acres of forests in Humboldt. Bad: Mark doesn’t “believe it is appropriate for the federal government to advocate one position over another in discussions of climate change.” Maybe Mark hasn’t heard this before, but refusing to make a decision is still making a decision. This also means that he opposes funding renewable energy and regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
  • Joel Beck (R) – Does not support funding renewable energy developments or regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
  • Ian Luetkehans (R)

District 3

There are a few good options here, District 3! Be sure to check out the honorable mentions.

Our pick: Jack Love 

  • Democrat
  • Insurance advisor
  • Summary: Environmental justice & Native American cooperation

Jack is looking to make sure big corporations are abiding by policies to protect the environment and the public by reducing harmful emissions and keeping pollutants out of the air and water. He thinks legislation should focus on preservation, not exploration, which likely refers to exploring domestic fossil fuels. He’s worried about the effects of climate change for low-income communities, naming Flint and New Orleans as cities suffering from pollution and weather changes due to a lack of environmental concern.

Jack also promises to fight against fossil fuel industries and push for renewable energy. He’s looking to learn from and work with Native American leaders when it comes to protecting and preserving land–especially for Gold Butte and Basin and Range. Plus, Yucca Mountain is being considered for nuclear waste storage, which Jack strong opposes. He’s also looking to reduce other wastes from the fossil fuel and industrial farming industries.

Other District 3 Candidates:
  • Susie Lee (D) – Honorable mention! Susie worked as an environmental consultant, focusing on water and air quality management. She continuously works in conservation activism in Nevada to fight climate change and promote environmental justice.
  • Michael Weiss (D) – Honorable mention! Michael understands that the environmental needs to take priority, especially with how environmental injustices disproportionately affect low-income communities. He’s looking to push for policies that promote conservation and restoration in order to prevent the many dangerous and negative effects of climate change.
  • Richard Hart (D)
  • Guy Pinjuv (D) – Wants to end tax breaks to oil companies and transition to 100% renewable energy to reduce emissions ASAP.
  • Steve Schiffman (D) – Supports funding renewable energy and regulating greenhouse gas emissions “within reason” (source).
  • Eric Stoltz (D) – Wants to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
  • Patrick Carter (R) 
  • Eddie Hamilton (R)
  • Scott Hammond (R) 
  • Stephanie Jones (R) 
  • Thomas Mark La Croix (R)
  • David Mckeon (R) 
  • Michelle Mortensen (R) 
  • Danny Tarkanian (R) 
  • Annette Teijeiro (R) 
  • Harry Vickers (Independent American)
  • Steven Brown (Libertarian) 
  • Gilbert Eisner (Non Partisan)
  • David Goossen (Non Partisan) – Supported the Keystone XL pipeline and increasing fracking regulations, opposes federal funding of renewable energy developments and regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
  • Tony Gumina (Non Partisan) – Supported the Keystone XL pipeline. Does not believe human activity contributes to climate change. Unsurprisingly, does not support renewable funding or increased fracking regulations (source).

District 4

Good news, District 4! We have two great options for you, so make sure you check out their other supported issues and find which pick is best for you.

Our picks:

Patricia Spearman 
  • Democrat
  • Majority Whip, Nevada State Senate, 2017-present
  • Senator, Nevada State Senate, 2013-present
  • Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force Member
  • Summary: Proven sustainable record in state legislation.

While working in Nevada’s state-level government, Patricia has already pushed for sustainable practices, starting with an energy efficiency plan in a proposal for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, which helps your state’s utility companies reach energy-saving goals. She’s also fought for renewable energy by co-sponsoring legislation that would’ve required energy providers to source a percentage of energy from renewable sources.

Patricia is also ready to stand up for Yucca Mountain by opposing the space’s consideration for the country’s nuclear waste dump. She believes producers of nuclear waste should be responsible for storing or disposing of it.

Amy Vilela 
  • Democrat
  • Financer
  • Photographer
  • Summary: New Green Deal supporter.

We like Amy because of her support for the New Green Deal. This sustainable plan accounts for a large number of environmental issues, which you can read in full here. The key points highlight initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, promote green energy jobs in our country, and tackle environmental justice by reducing pollution and keeping air and water safe.

Along with the New Green Deal, Amy pledges to co-sponsor the Off Fossil Fuels Act, which pushes for a great clean energy transition across the country, and she strongly opposes fracking. Another great part of Amy’s sustainable platform is that she vows to work with Native Americans on these issues, hoping to learn and advocate for environmental stewardship from Native leaders and communities. And like Patricia, Amy also opposes the nuclear waste dump proposal at Yucca Mountain.

Other District 4 Candidates:
  • John Anzalone (D) – Supports renewable energy and is big on keeping the public educated and updated about environmental issues and benefits of efficient energy.
  • Steven Horsford (D) – Worked to pass the “Clean Energy Jobs Initiative” to help Nevada become a renewable energy producer.
  • Allison Stephens (D) – Supports renewable energy funding (source).
  • Sid Zeller (D) 
  • David Gibbs (R) 
  • Cresent Hardy (R) 
  • Jeff Miller (R) – Wants to open Yucca Mountain for nuclear storage. Jeff doesn’t think humans contribute to climate change, doesn’t want fracking restricted, and doesn’t want the government regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
  • Mike Monroe (R) – Supports renewable energy–especially biomass and hydropower developments–and regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
  • Bill Townsend (R)
  • Kenneth Wegner (R) – Wants to promote “domestic energy production” which refers to clean energy and fossil fuel production. He wants to rollback on offshore drilling restrictions, doesn’t believe humans contribute to climate change, and is not about that greenhouse gas regulation (source).
  • Warren Markowitz (Independent American)
  • Gregg Luckner (Libertarian) – Doesn’t want to fund renewable energy developments or regulate greenhouse gas emissions (source).
  • Dean McGonigle (Independent) – Anti-GMO, which is an environmental issue because genetically modified foods protect crops from pesticides that kill off much-needed plants for a balanced ecosystem.
  • Rodney Smith (Independent) 
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