“The Deputies Association of Washoe County is pleased to endorse Jason Guinasso for Assembly District 26. Jason has the both the skill and understanding to take on the issues facing the State of Nevada. We are confident Jason will work toward solutions and create policies that benefit all residents of the Silver State. Jason’s levelheaded approach will make him a great addition to the Legislative body.” Tim Ross WCSDA
“The Coalition of Law Enforcement represented by the Police organizations of the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.), Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers (NAPSO), Peace Officers Research Association of Nevada (PORAN), and Southern Nevada Conference of Police and Sheriffs (SNCOPS), representing nearly 100 law enforcement organizations and more than 10,000 officers throughout Nevada, are pleased to announce our endorsement of Jason Guinasso for State Assembly District 26.” – Lt. John J. Faulis, Representative of Law Enforcement Coalition.
Ron Dreher Government Affairs Director – PORAN, explained the Coalition’s decision by stating,”It is the opinion of our coalition that Jason Guinasso is the most experienced and best candidate for Assembly District 26,” Thereafter, Dreher gave a personal account of my advocacy for law enforcement, “I have known Jason now for over 3 years. He has represented law enforcement officers in discipline/discharge cases and in workers compensation cases and has done an outstanding job in ensuring due process for our peace officers. Based on my past experience with Jason and based on his interview responses to our questions dealing with NV PERS, Collective bargaining, Workers Compensation, NRS 289 – Peace Officer Bill of Rights, that Jason will provide the legislative support we need to ensure we keep our NV PERS, our Collective bargaining, our workers compensation and our POBR rights.” He then urged members of law enforcement to, “Please cast your vote for him if you are a Republican during the upcoming Primary election.”
My law firm and I are honored to serve peace officers and their associations in a number of legal matters. I have substantive experience in a variety of subjects important to being a legislator, including representing and fighting for law enforcement. The endorsement of law enforcement is important to me because this community of public servants are friends of mine, have worked with me to serve our community and are my clients and, therefore, know me well enough to assess my ability to be an effective legislator.
On April 19, 2016, Rick and Wendy Henriksen and Margie Wonhof gathered the Montreux Community together to meet with me and to learn more about who I am and why I am running for Assembly District 26. The event was a smashing success attracting over fifty people.
Our special guest was Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison. In his remarks to the community, he explained that he has endorsed me because, “Nevada needs more smart, hard working, and competent legislators. Jason is exactly what we need in the state assembly. As a legal professional and small business owner Jason understands how government can either help or hinder job growth and economic opportunities. Jason will pursue policies and legislation that will continue to grow Nevadan’s economy and strengthen families.”
After listening to me tell my story about my background, education and profession experience, along with my vision for leading Nevada forward, I responded to several questions presented to me by the community which covered a wide variety of issues. Participants where impressed with my candor, command of the issues and my positive, solution-oriented approach to leadership. In closing out the event, Margie Wonhof stated, “I am supporting Jason for Nevada Assembly and I hope you will too! Jason has the experience and the desire we need to address issues like education and taxation. He is willing to work hard to represent all of our party not just special interests.” In response, the crowd burst into applause.
Although this was not a fundraising event, many people who attended contributed to my campaign to help me get my message out. They also volunteered to work on my campaign, took yard signs home and committed to voting for me on June 14, 2016.
Events like this show that momentum behind my campaign is continuing to grow as we enter the final seven weeks of this campaign. We are winning this campaign one voter at a time!
Here are some pictures from the event:
“On behalf of the owners, developers and professionals representing commercial and industrial real estate in Washoe County, NAIOP Northern Nevada is proud to endorse Jason Guinasso for the Nevada Assembly. Jason is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region through economic growth and job creation.” -NAIOP Board of Directors
Since 1967, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has become the leading organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 15,000+ members and provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities through a powerful North American network.
I look forward to working with NAIOP’s developers, owners, investors and professionals of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate to promote responsible development through advocacy, networking and education to benefit the economic vitality of the communities in which we work and live.
As I connect with people and organizations in the community and share my positive vision for leading Nevada forward, I am encouraged by the overwhelming support that I am receiving. In this regard, after a vigorous interview, I received the following endorsement from Jarrett Rosenau, Government Affairs Committee Chairman, Nevada Chapter AGC:
“Nevada Chapter AGC is pleased to endorse Jason Guinasso for Assembly District 26. Jason’s understanding and appreciation of Nevada’s diverse range of issues and growing economy, combined with his solutions oriented approach, will make him an invaluable asset in the Nevada legislature.”
For over 75 Years the Nevada Chapter AGC has been on the cutting edge of supporting construction companies in our State. Additionally, the Nevada Chapter AGC is committed to our community and engaged in numerous philanthropic endeavors that are transforming lives and revitalizing our communities. The Nevada Chapter AGC understands that developing an educated workforce is one of the highest priorities for our State. Their dedication to education reaches from elementary school to the college level programs offered at the University of Nevada, Reno.
I share the Nevada Chapter AGC’s commitment to our community, to workforce development and to education and I look forward to working with this organization and their members to move Nevada forward into an exciting new era of growth and opportunity.
I am pleased to announce that I have received the endorsement of the Chamber of Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada. The Chamber proudly serves the Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. As the largest business organization in the area, we strive to be the leading business resource providing information and opportunity leading to profitability, advancement and a strong business economy for our members while supporting and promoting the uniqueness of our community.
Tray Abney, Director of Government Relations for The Chamber, explained The Chamber’s endorsement by stating,”The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada is pleased to endorse Jason Guinasso for Assembly District 26. We know that Jason will be a fiscal conservative who will work with everyone to craft practical solutions to Nevada issues and will work with us to maintain our economic vitality and quality of life.”
I look forward to working with the Chamber to advocate for businesses at the Nevada Legislature. As a business owner and an attorney who represents businesses of every size and in every industry, I understand how important it is to create a healthy environment for businesses of all sizes to succeed.
However, I can’t do it without your support.
Please join the Chamber and the growing list of people and organizations in our community who are supporting me and my campaign for Assembly District 26 and vote for me on June 14, 2016.
I rarely talk about my opponent in my campaign because my focus is on communicating who I am and why I want to be your next Assemblyman from District 26. That said, my opponent has been making it a habit of mis-stating my positions on issues and/or outright lying to people about where I stand on issues. For example, last weekend I was walking door-to-door and I was informed that my opponent was telling people that I am an advocate for Federal Common Core Standards. This misrepresentation of my position is completely fabricated and untrue.
Let’s make a deal: if you want to know what my position is on a particular issue, please ask me directly and not my opponent. If my opponent takes the liberty of trying to speak for me, please do not believe what she says. Call me on my cell phone or write me an e-mail and I will provide you answers to your questions regarding the issue you are concerned about.
Several weeks ago, I answered the question of whether I support common core at a candidate forum. As I promised the voter I met at the door, I am answering the question in this blog post for her benefit and for the benefit of her friends who have been told the same lie.
To begin with, I support establishing state and local standards. However, I do not support Federal Common Core Standards and related curriculum for three reason:
- The Common Core Standards do not guarantee that our youth will be more competitive when they enter institutions of higher education and the work force.
- Common Core Standards stifle education innovation in States and communities and put teachers in a position of “teaching to the test.”
- States should not adopt standards that over emphasize performance on standardized tests.
I believe our State should establish standards for education based on two important questions related to local workforce development:
- Are our high school graduates competitive when compared to their peers from other State’s in Colleges and Universities?
- Are our high school graduates competent and qualified to fill jobs offered within the State economy?
To continue to improve outcomes in education, I believe we need policies that force schools to compete and that empower children to succeed.
The Education Reforms from last legislative session were a great start to transforming our education system statewide, including:
- Victory Schools (SB 432)
- SAGE Commission (AB 421)
- CCSD Reorganization (AB 394)
- Teacher Licensure Changes
- Great Teaching and Leading Fund (SB 474)
- Washoe County School Construction Tax Committee (SB 411)
- Education Savings Accounts (SB 302)
- Full-Day Kindergarten
- Opportunity Scholarships (AB 165)
- Data Privacy (SB 463, AB 221)
- ITeacher Evaluation (AB 447)
- Zoom Schools (SB 405) in the Clark County School District and Washoe County School District
- Multicultural Education (AB 234)
- New Teacher Bonuses (SB 511)
- School Construction (SB 119, SB 207)
- Alternate School Framework (SB 460)
- Charter Reforms (SB 509)
- Non-Citizen Teachers (AB 27)
- School Performance Plans (AB 30)
- Charter School Police Officers (AB 321)
- Expanded Charter School Bonding (AB 351)
- Charter Harbormaster (SB 491)
- Teacher Performance Pay (AB 483)
- New Nevada Plan (SB 508)
- Turnaround and Vergara Reforms (SB 92)
- Teacher Supply Reimbursement (SB 133)
- Peer Assistance and Review (SB 332)
However, more work must be done to further promote choice and competition. Additionally, we have to work ensure accountability and transparency in our schools and school districts. Finally, we must make sure that our schools are contributors to producing a competent and qualified workforce for our growing economy.
I am pleased to announce that I have received the endorsement of the Builders Association of Northern Nevada. Chartered in 1956, the Builders Association of Northern Nevada (BANN) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Builders Association represents the collective interests of the construction industry in northern Nevada.
“The Builders Association of Northern Nevada is proud to endorse Jason Guinasso because he has the passion, policy understanding and leadership qualities that will make him a great addition to the Nevada State Assembly. His skills will be critical in the legislature to sustain and grow Nevada’s economic opportunities while also finding solutions to the challenges facing our state,” said Androo Allen, Builders Association Northern Nevada President.
For over half a century, BANN has been passionately committed to the education and representation of those in Northern Nevada’s extensive building industry. I look forward to the opportunity to work alongside BANN and their many partnerships with organizations in our community, such as Homes For Our Troops, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, and the Academy for Career Education.
Commitment to a better quality of life and economic prosperity are ideals that both BANN and I share. We recognize that it is imperative to maintain an open dialogue between the building industry and those who regulate it on both the state and local level. I do not take any of my endorsements lightly or without great responsibility. As your Assemblyman, as your neighbor, and as your voice, I will work with BANN and other local organizations within our region to ensure that our home building climate in Northern Nevada remains healthy, affordable, and prosperous.
In politics, I have had to learn how to tell people about me and what I have done. This is difficult because one of the virtues I have tried to live by is humility. Constantly talking, writing, and posting about “me, me, me . . .” as I campaign does not always seem consistent with this virtue. Nevertheless, I want people to know who I am and why I am running.
There is a Proverb that says, “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth . . .” As I considered the implication of this Proverb for my campaign, I was inspired to asked other people to speak about me at a fundraiser I had a few weeks ago. Herein below are video clips of what people had to say about me. Dear Voter, I hope you will find what these people have to say about me helpful as you consider who to support and vote for come June 14, 2015.
My wife, Kim Guinasso
The decision to run for the Nevada Legislature was not something we did without much prayer and discussion. Find out why my wife Kim is supporting me in this effort to serve here: https://www.facebook.com/GuinassoFor26/videos/464147283777242/
Otto Kelly, Executive Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center
Otto Kelly speaking about his relationship with me over the years and why he is supporting my candidacy for Assembly District 26. https://www.facebook.com/GuinassoFor26/videos/463980980460539/
Melissa Clement, Executive Director of Nevada Right to Life
Melissa Taylor Clement and I are committed to fighting for life from conception to the grave. Watch and listen to her explain why she is endorsing me for Nevada Assembly District 26: https://www.facebook.com/GuinassoFor26/videos/465236590334978/
Melissa Holland, Executive Director Awaken, Inc.
As Melissa Holland of Awaken, Inc, will tell you, the fight against human trafficking requires a community committed to fight against that evil in all of its forms. I am committed to this fight. Watch and listen to her explain why she is supporting me: https://www.facebook.com/GuinassoFor26/videos/465249223667048/
Dusty Wunderlick, CEO of Bristlecone Holdings
One of the things I have really enjoyed about campaigning is that I have made a lot of new friends like Dusty Wunderlich. Watch and listen to why he is supporting me and my campaign: https://www.facebook.com/GuinassoFor26/videos/464806583711312/
Brantly Compton, Owner of MoveYourMountain.com
Brantly shares my desire to see students thrive at our community colleges and our State’s Universities. https://www.facebook.com/GuinassoFor26/videos/463995923792378/
Cesar Minera, Pastor and owner of Haven on Earth Bakery
Pastor Cesar Minera and Rita Minera own a small business. Watch and listen to Cesar explain why he is supporting me and my campaign for Assembly District 26: https://www.facebook.com/GuinassoFor26/videos/464929587032345/
Many voters want to know what my qualifications are to be a Legislator.
To begin with, I am a resident of the State of Nevada and I meet all the basic statutory requirements to be an Assemblyman from Assembly District 26.
Beyond the basic requirements, I have the background, education and experience that will make be an outstanding legislator. To illustrate this point, I am publishing my resume in this blog post.
Nevada Bar, 2003
Federal District Court of Nevada, 2004
California Bar, 2005
Reese Kintz Guinasso, L.L.C., Managing Shareholder (Reno Office)
January 2015 to Present
- Full-service litigation, business, and employment law firm with offices in Reno, Incline Village and Las Vegas.
- Provide sophisticated legal services to help businesses and individuals manage their risks, overcome hurdles and create meaningful opportunities in an ever-changing business, economic, and political climate.
- Law practice includes:
- Employment and Labor Law
- Human Resources Support
- Workers’ Compensation
- Civil Litigation
- Government Affairs and Legislative Advocacy
- Public Entity Law
- Property Law
- Public interest and nonprofit organizations
- Churches and Ministries
- Pro-life Advocacy
- First Amendment Free Exercise
- Maintains a significant appellate practice, which has included preparation of petitions for judicial review of administrative decisions, extraordinary writs, and appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court.
- Regularly engaged as a speaker and provides training on a broad range of subjects.
- Dedicated to contributing to community by providing pro bono legal services to faith-based organizations, non-profits, and civic organizations. Jason is actively involved in a number of organizations that minister to people in need, influence the development of law and policy, and provide leadership.
- 2016 Candidate for Assembly District 26 of the Nevada Legislature
Guinasso Law, Ltd., Managing Shareholder
December 2008 to December 2014
- Advocate for employers, insurers and third party administrators. Practice focuses almost exclusively on employment and labor law with an emphasis on workers’ compensation advice and litigation.
- Maintains a significant appellate practice, which has included preparation of petitions for judicial review of administrative decisions, extraordinary writs, and appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court.
- Also advises clients on workplace safety, investigations, employee discipline, and employee handbooks and policies and counsel my clients on the interaction of workers’ compensation laws with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination due to disability and/or laws mandating medical leaves of absence.
- Teaches focused courses, lecture at seminars and provide training to managers, claims examiners, and lawyers on a broad range of employment-related subjects.
- Dedicated to contributing to community by providing pro bono legal services to faith-based organizations, non-profits, and civic organizations. Actively involved in a number of organizations that minister to people in need, influence the development of law and policy, and provide leadership.
Littler Mendelson, P.C., Associate Attorney
May 2006 to November 2008
- Primary practice area: employment and labor law with emphasis on workers’ compensation defense; experience handling almost every variety of workers’ compensation case; regularly appeared before workers’ compensation administrative Hearing Officers and Appeals Officers; significant appellate experience, including petitions for judicial review, extraordinary writs, and appeals to our Nevada Supreme Court.
- Specific regular activities of practice included providing clients with advice on how to administer and manage claims; preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, and legal memoranda; preparing case status letters to clients; reviewing medical records and communicating with doctors; analyzing risk of exposure to liability under various claims; assessing a claimant’s entitlement to temporary total disability, vocational rehabilitation, and permanent partial disability (PPD) ratings under the 5th Edition to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment; contribute to a wide variety of Littler Mendelson publications.; contribute commentary on employment law issues in local newspapers and journals.
Thorndal, Armstrong, et. al., Associate Attorney
January 2004 to May 2006
- Workers’ Compensation Defense, Administrative Law, Commercial Real Estate, Business Law, Wills and Trusts, Family Law.
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center, Rights Advocate/Legal Intern
06/18 – 08/17/01
- Researched legal issues and theories; wrote legal memoranda; conducted investigation of group homes which culminated in sanctions being imposed on provider; collaborated with other protection and advocacy agencies on key issues affecting people with disabilities; attended state committee meetings; gave presentation concerning the effects of important legislation on people with disabilities and the organizations that serve them.
City of Reno Office of the City Manager, Internship
12/99 – 06/00
- Improved constituent relations and customer service by implementing a constituent contact and response program.
- Researched issues and reported findings to Mayor and City Council.
Art Associates Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations, Director of Public Affairs
04/98 – 12/98
- Executed the strategy, tactics and fundraising for several political campaigns.
- Clients included: Kenny Guinn for Governor, Norman Frey for Assembly, Greg Brower for Assembly, Sue Camp for County Commissioner, Jeff Griffin for Mayor, Chuck Schembri for City Council.
University of Oregon School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2003
- Moot Court: National Appellate Advocacy Competition – Western Regional Competition (One of four students selected to represent the Law School); Client Counseling Competition – Finalist; Negotiation Competition – Semi-Finalist.
- Law School Dean Search Committee.
- Dean’s Student Advisory Committee.
- Christian Legal Society Member.
University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate Program – Public Administration, 1999-2000
- Political Science Teaching Assistantship.
- Completed one year of graduate studies before beginning law school.
University of Nevada, Reno, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science cum laude, 1998
- Truman Scholarship Finalist
- ASUN Senator
Warehouse Christian Ministries, 1992 to Present
- Board Member.
- Tuesday Night Bible Study Leader.
- Past service: Youth Leader; Community Outreach; Mission Trip to Honduras.
Nevada Libertas (Non-Profit Organization Defending Religious Liberty) May 2011 to Present
· Legal Advisor and panel presenter.
Awaken, Inc. (Non-profit dedicated to fighting Human Trafficking) October 2011 to Present
- Legal Advisor and Advocate.
- First Attorney in State of Nevada to Apply NRS 176.515 To Vacate Criminal Judgments Against Victim of Human Trafficking.
Nevada Life (Issues Forum and Education) 2005 to Present
- Legal Advisor.
Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) June 2012 to Present
- Ex Officio Board Member.
Pet Network Humane Society (Incline Village) February 2016 to Present
- Board Member
- Ex Officio Board Member.
- Kenya Mission Trip December 2011 to January 2012 (outreach to widows and orphans in Kitale Region; Served at Rehema/In-Step Orphanage).
Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce, 1998 – 2000, 2008-2012
- Public Affairs Committee.
- Reno/Sparks Leadership 2000 Program.
Boy Scouts of America
- Cub Master, Pack 154, February 2005 to 2006.
- Den Leader, Den 7, Pack 154, 2003 to 2004.
Washoe County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program
- President of the Board of Trustees, 1999 – 2000.
- Advocate for Children in Family Courts, 1998 – 2000.
Advocate for the Disabled, 1999
- Olmstead v. L.C. & E.W.: Worked with disability rights advocates to promote the position that the ADA requires integrating individuals with disabilities into community based homes rather than institutionalization.
Lighthouse Youth Ministry, 1990 – 1994
- Live-in mentor in a group home serving at-risk youth.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Nevada State Bar – Administrative Law Section; Labor and Employment Law Section; Young Lawyers Section.
- California State Bar – Workers’ Compensation Section; Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section.
- Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (past Board Member).
- Nevada State Society of Human Resources Managers (past State Legislative Director).
- Associated, Builders and Contractors – Government Affairs Committee.
- Married for 22 years to my wife, Kim, with two children, Robbie (19) and Adeline (12).
- Four dogs: Fenway, Goatee, Mr. Jones, and Mico.
- Four Cats Rica, Yolee, Ricky and Lucy.
- Outdoor activities including hiking, fishing and camping.
- Bird Watching.
- Participating in pick up basketball games at the gym and park.
- Avid reader – generally nonfiction books, current events, biographies, theology and politics.
- News and Current events junkie.