Here are the candidates running for open positions on the Nevada Green Party Board. The election will be held online on July 29-30, 2018. To vote for the board members you need to be a dues paying member of the Nevada Green Party. If you have not yet signed up, sign up today. Voting members will be emailed instructions on how to vote.
Co-Chair Candidate: Thomas Rasmussen
I’m Thomas Rasmussen, and I am running for the position of co-chair.
I am currently the chairman pro-tem, or, maybe a better word for it would be, the facilitator of the Nye County chapter of the Nevada Green Party.
I make a living as a substitute teacher (K-12) here in the Nye County school district and as a freelance back-of-the-book indexer. (By the way, I compiled the index for the Green Party’s 2016 platform.) I’ve also worked in the past as an administrative assistant, a credit reporter, and in property management as a rentor for a property my wife and I had.
I have a background as a facilitator for various book and church-related discussion groups, an emergent church cohort, and a socialist discussion group.
I also have family who are immigrants, and I am familiar with the immigration process here in America. The lengthy 2007-2008 financial crisis afforded me the opportunity to be a part of mass lay-offs, twice, and I’ve experienced long-term unemployment. So I’m familiar with those issues as well.
I have bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Economics from San Diego State University.
I’ve lived in Pahrump since 2011. Before that I spent ten years up in the Salt Lake area and in Eagle Mountain, Utah, and another several years before that in various places around San Diego and southern California. (I spent a year living as an expat in Nicosia, Cyprus, to help plant a church for the denomination I was a part of at that time, but that was twenty years ago.)
I’m married, and a father of one daughter.
I drink lots of coffee (mostly decaf now), wine, beer, and whiskey, and I read and collect books, lots of books, some would say too many books, my one true vice (but it’s not really that many).
At Large Candidate: John A. Biggs
Brothers and Sisters of the Nevada Green Party,
My name is John Biggs and I am declaring my intention to run as one of our At-Large candidates.
According to our Nevada Green Party bylaws (4.02d), the role of the At-Large member is essentially three-fold:
i. Coordinating with the Local Chapters.
ii. Assisting other Executive Committee members with work.
iii. Heading a committee and handling that committee’s work.
My experience as a missionary and Lutheran pastor has given me skills that would make me effective in each of these three areas: namely communication, collaboration, and organization. If elected, I plan to help our state’s existing Green chapters feel that they are part of larger whole rather than isolated and alone; to help our Executive Committee members to feel supported rather than over-stretched; and to create and head a new committee that would be of immediate concern to all Nevada voters in general and not merely to Greens in particular.
That is to say, while I value each of our four Green Party Pillars, my particular passion lies in issues surrounding Ecological Wisdom and preserving our land and natural resources for the next seven generations and beyond. As such, if elected, I plan to make my key focus organizing for a Green Amendment to our Nevada Constitution which guarantees the right to clean water, clean air, and a healthy environment. As Greens know all too well, these most basic human rights are not guaranteed to the people of Nevada but must be fought for constantly by means of expensive litigation against big corporations with much deeper pockets. Yet, with an amendment making these things into our constitutional right, it will become much easier to bring polluting businesses to account and make our dream of keeping Nevada beautiful and vibrant for future generations far more attainable. Even the two major parties would have to agree with us that clean water, clean air, and a healthy environment are good, desirable, and essential things! Thus, I believe that this issue would allow us to collaborate with others outside our party and allow us to spread the work across a much wider voter base—not to mention give us greater opportunities to spread the news about what we Greens stand for.
Thank you for your consideration.
John A. Biggs