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Friends of Tom Stewart
P.O. Box 12882
Reno, NV. 89510

(775) 544-0488

TomStewart2000@gmail.com

Supporters

Now that the campaign is well behind us I'd like to share a few things I learned along the way, as well as an initiative that I'm supporting. I will continue to be involved in our democracy as we move forward, and will be supporting the efforts of Sarah Peters – our new District 24 Assemblywoman – as I hope you will be. 

Campaigning for office was a great experience. As most of you know, I simply couldn’t watch the news any longer and do nothing. I just had to get involved, and I am proud of the fact that all of you were also involved. I feel that this was our contribution to the resistance. 

As I was speaking with voters I realized that many people don't want to be identified with either party. The fastest growing segment of new registered voters is non-partisan. This is a trend that both parties should take notice of. It was an eye-opener for me to learn that as a non-partisan voter in Nevada you cannot vote in the primary if your party has no candidate running. You must settle for a candidate in the general election that doesn’t necessarily share your views in any way. It seems that it's time to change this. Prior to the primary election I met with a man who was heading an initiative to change our election system in order to be more representative. Doug Goodman is proposing an idea for Nevada that has worked well in other states and cities. He started an organization called Nevadans for Election Reform (https://nevadansforelectionreform.org/). What he is proposing is a system called ranked choice voting. It opens our election to everyone, no matter your party affiliation, or if you are non-partisan and have no party at all. It eliminates the spoiler effect so that voters are free to vote their conscience without fear of sending their vote to the candidate they didn't want. This system has been shown to discourage negative campaigning, increase voter turnout, mitigate impact of money in politics, provide more choice for voters, and will save Nevada counties an estimated $6 million. For a good explanation of how ranked choiced voting works, go to https://www.fairvote.org/rcv#how_rcv_works.

Doug is collecting signatures for an initiative to be on the ballot called Greater Choice Greater Voice. I support his efforts and ranked choice voting and will be collecting signatures as well. If you would like to sign the petition, simply come by my shop Truckee Meadow Herbs at 1170 S. Wells Avenue Ste.4. I'm in the shop Monday through Thursday. To find other locations where the petition is available, click on the Events tab on the Nevadans for Election Reform website.
Sincerely,

Tom Stewart

News

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 3:31 PM

Greater choice Greater voice ballot initiative

For more information or where to sign the petition go to Nevadans for election reform.


Monday, May 21, 2018 12:02 AM

Early Primary Voting May 26th-June 8th

Did you know you cannot vote for me in the primary if you are registered non-partisan? If you want to vote for me you can change your registration to Democratic. When I'm in office I will work to change this closed primary system in Nevada. It's easy to change your registration back after the primary.


Monday, January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

Womens March in Reno

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Volunteers
and leaders for this year's "Women's March" in Reno expect "10,000
women, men and children will attend this year's event" in downtown Reno
beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20.


Friday, January 19, 2018 11:23 AM

Cannabis

In the recent past the Nevada Legislature passed draconian cannabis laws often resulting in felonies for simple possession of personal amounts of cannabis. Nevada has come a long way since then, and now has a thriving recreational and medical cannabis industry.


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