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Public Safety

Every Clark County resident should feel safe and protected. Defunding the police is simply not the solution to maintaining the accountable, responsible and effective police department our community demands.

Drew is unwavering in his support of law enforcement, fire and rescue, paramedics, corrections and the military, and will ensure that resources needed by our First Responders are not diverted to less vital programs.

He will work with Metro to improve response times for non-emergency calls and help establish additional citizen-led neighborhood programs for awareness and notification.

Small Business

As a small business owner who has dealt with the realities of making payroll and finding quality employees, Drew understands what it means to work hard and make tough decisions.

Clark County has grown increasingly hostile towards entrepreneurs. Business owners face an intimidating maze of taxes, fees and regulations. For example, just opening a hot dog stand in Clark County requires 23 individual steps and three different fees.

As a County Commissioner, Drew will work tirelessly to streamline regulations and reduce the hassle of government so it’s easier for small business owners to accomplish their dreams.

Economic Growth

Drew will protect Clark County’s vital gaming and tourism industries, while making our area more welcoming to new industries. He will fight to diversify our local economy by making Clark County more attractive to businesses from around the U.S. and across the globe.

Drew knows that creating a more welcoming business climate in Clark County doesn't mean picking winners or losers in the marketplace, or lavishing well-connected corporations with taxpayer-funded handouts. It means lowering the cost of doing business for everyone through lowering taxes, reducing burdensome licensing and regulatory hurdles and improving access to capital.

Election Integrity

Drew will work to make voting as easy as possible and cheating as difficult as possible.

The mail ballot process must be improved to reduce the possibility of fraud. Additionally, rather than opposing photo ID requirements to vote, Drew will work to make it simpler for residents to obtain an ID. Not only would greater access to government IDs enable the voting process to be more secure, it would empower more people to enter the workforce; get a bank account; apply for credit; rent a home; obtain government services such as unemployment, food assistance programs, and welfare; buy certain cold medicines -- and even receive Covid vaccines.

Education

Drew is a tireless defender of parental choice and competition in education, as well as an ardent believer that the best teachers should be paid like the highly skilled professionals they are.

He believes a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching our children has failed, leaving the Clark County School District among the worst-performing school districts in America. While the Clark County Commission is limited in its ability to directly improve the options available to the county’s teachers, parents and students, Drew will be a powerful voice in the fight to improve education through choice and accountability.

Housing and Land Use

The lack of affordable housing is one of the most serious issues facing Clark County. While housing prices are up across the United States, Clark County’s lack of housing supply is unique. The federal government owns or controls 89% of all land in Clark County. As a result, new construction is extremely limited, meaning supply has no way of keeping up with demand. The result is skyrocketing home prices, a huge increase in the homeless population, and home ownership becoming an impossible dream for too many young, minority, and lower-income resident.

While some federal land is slowly being made available for development, Drew will encourage the Bureau of Land Management to release more property to private hands, while continuing to protect land designated for natural resource conservation and recreation. This will put homes within reach for more Clark County residents.

Taxes and Budget

For nearly two decades, Drew has been regarded as one of America’s leading taxpayer watchdogs and budget analysts. Working at organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Drew has exposed billions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars, and his research has directly saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

For too long, the Clark County budget has exploded unchecked. Clark County residents have paid more for their government without much to show for it. In fact, over the past decade, the total Clark County budget has grown by 55%, but the median household income in the county only increased 29%. In other words, the government is growing much faster than taxpayers’ ability to pay for it.

Drew is excited to put his fiscal policy experience to work to trim wasteful spending and finally lower taxes for Clark County families and businesses.

Transparency and Accountability

Any time one party has total control of a government for 15 years, it is a recipe for a lack of accountability and corruption. All too often, there exists a mob mentality within the Clark County government; donors and friends of certain commissioners commonly receive better treatment, faster service, or less hassle from government than the average county resident.

Drew is just the person to stop this disgusting behavior.

He has traveled the world teaching journalists, citizen activists, bloggers and taxpayers how to hold their government accountable using open records and other tools to improve government transparency. As a government watchdog and investigative journalist, Drew has forced corrupt lawmakers from office, exposed unethical and hypocritical behavior by some of the world’s most famous politicians, and fought to increase transparency from small town governments all the way to the United Nations.

Drew believes that, when it comes to government, sunlight truly is the best disinfectant. He pledges to be the most open and transparent elected official in America – and will force other commissioners to follow his lead.
You make better decisions for yourself and for your family than the government ever could. My goal is to put those decisions back in your hands.

– Drew Johnson