Debate to question questions
October 9, 2016
Questions about two questions on the November Ballot will be the topic of Tuesday's Town Hall Debate.
Hosted by the Business Council of Douglas County, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, and The Record-Courier, the town hall will focus on the Nevada marijuana legalization questions and fuel revenue indexing.
Genoa resident Jim Hartman of Nevadans for Responsible Drug Policy will be speaking in opposition to the marijuana question. On the pro side will be the Carson City resident Bill Adler.
For the fuel revenue tax question, Chamber of Commerce Director Bill Chernock will be speaking on the pro side while Genoa resident Dan Wray will be speaking against
Table space will be available for the distribution of materials and so both sides may talk one-on-one with audience members.
Question 2 will be first up, Chernock said.
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Each speaker will get 6-8 minutes for opening remarks, then receive 3 minutes each for rebuttal.
Questions will be either developed by the hosts or taken from those submitted by the audience. Answers will be three minutes, rebuttals to answers will be three minutes.
Doors open 5 p.m. at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, with the debate, moderated by Jacques Etchegoyhen beginning at 6 p.m.
■ William Adler is a life-long Nevadan, born and raised in Carson City. In 2013 Adler received a bachelors' degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, in wildlife ecology and range management. Will has been engaged with policy, politics, and the political process for many years. He brought his training in natural resources, botany, and conservation, as well as his interest in policy and the political process to the government relations firm Capitol Partners in February of 2015. Will has also been immersed in Nevada's developing medical marijuana industry and represents several clients in that industry
■ Jim Hartman is president of Nevadans for Responsible Drug Policy, an IRS qualified 501 (c) (4) non-profit corporation. He served for 13 years as legal counsel and vice-president-administration of Up-Right, Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based international manufacture of work platforms and grape harvesting equipment. During that time, he was a member of the Berkeley Rotary Club as well a director of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and Alameda County Taxpayers' Association. Jim and his wife Mary retired in 2013 from full time employment and relocated from the Bay Area for long contemplated retirement in Genoa."
■ Dan Wray is a chemist and businessman, who during his 40 year career has developed a variety of industrial and consumer products. He founded BioFilm, Inc., the operating company in Vista, California started in 1991 with six employees. He and his wife Lois renovated the Pink House in Genoa, which opened last year. He is a member of the board for the Business Council of Douglas County and supports the Northern Nevada Development Authority. Dan and Lois have three children. One is a teacher in Concord Calif., another is a doctoral candidate in Madison Wisconsin and the youngest is a senior at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
■ Bill Chernock was named the executive director of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority in November of 2008. He spent 1984 to 2004 on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, where he worked as the Marketing Director for the MS Dixie and Zephyr Cove Resort for 13 years before becoming the Executive Director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. He is a native of Springfield, Mass., and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.