By Mark Waite
Bill Carns, who was elected chairman of the newly-reformed Nye County Republican Party Central Committee recently, pledged a new era of party unity.
Edmund Goubran is the new vice-chairman, Jeff Bobeck is the secretary and Carol Lindberg the treasurer.
Former NCRCC Chairman Fely Quitevis handed in her resignation along with Treasurer Tanya Metaksa. Secretary Loida Schulz, Second Vice-Chairman Sal Ledesma and First Vice-Chairman Robert Cameron, who recently moved out of the area, rounded out the previous board.
The NCRCC platform approved Saturday opposes incorporation, demands an end to illegal immigrants getting government benefits and an end to electronic voting machines.
“Members of the Nye County Republican Party seem to over the last decade or more have felt as though they have been excluded from the main goals and priorities of the Nye County Republican Party, the NCRCC. Dozens of people have come together in the last couple of months to rectify that,” Carns said.
Quitevis left the Nye County Republican Party convention in Tonopah early on March 31 amid a controversy over seating delegates. Carns seeks to heal any divisions in the party.
“The primary goal I see as chairman is to reunite all Republicans from all over the county, all inclusions, not the exclusion of anyone and work together to get conservative Republicans in office,” Carns said. “As a matter of fact we are going to be planning a Republican candidate training seminar at the NCRCC offices May 12 and representatives of the state GOP are coming out.”
Quitevis issued a statement after stepping down.
“I have no regrets of the Ron Paulers taking over the Nye County Republican Central Committee and congratulations to them. As NCRCC chairman for over five years I did what is best for the Nye County Republican Central Committee. First, under my professional and experience in leadership I increased membership from 70 members in 2007 to over 200 members with a decent office headquarters which was used by the McCain presidential campaign in 2008 in a visible highway location. Second, I increased Republican voters registration from 7,000 plus when I took office in ’07 to 11,400 as of March 31, 2012 or a 63 percent increase in a period of five years.”
Republicans were elected to local offices during her five term except during the district attorneys’ race of 2010, she said.
Carns dismissed talk of any faction being in control of the committee. He said the presidential election will be in the hands of the national convention in Tampa in August. Half of the 28 delegates from Nevada are committed to Mitt Romney who won half the votes in the state caucus in January though Ron Paul won Nye County.
The focus is on getting conservative Republicans past the primary and elected to office, Carns said.
“Whatever happened at the county convention on the 31st has happened for years with people dissatisfied with the direction of the NCRCC,” Carns said. Whether people support liberty-minded people like Ron Paul or other candidates, he said, “that’s been much ado about nothing and it’s people on the outside talking about it trying to make a controversy.”
In a message from the county chairman on the nyegop.org website, Carns said “we’ve begun a new era for the NCRCC. We are dedicated to truly conservative principles. We promote the principles of the founders. We promote individual liberties and freedom. We are the party of what Americans stand for. The Republican Party believes in and honors the national values expressed by our flag, anthem, Constitution and the principles of the founding fathers.”
The platform hammered out at the central committee meeting recognizes the Bill of Rights and strict adherence to the Second Amendment. Carns was formerly the host of a nationally syndicated radio show on the Second Amendment.
A second plank states: “We strongly resist the nationalization and/or militarization of our law enforcement agencies. We further recognize that it is the responsibility of the citizenry to control law enforcement. We refuse to allow Homeland Security and all non-government organizations to influence our law enforcement agencies.”
The party supports less government, lower taxes, less regulation, more individual liberties and personal responsibility.
“We are adamantly opposed to the incorporation of our towns/communities which increases the size, scope and cost of government,” the fourth plank states.
The new secretary of the NCRCC, Bobeck, was on the town Incorporation Advisory Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for district one county commissioner in 2008.
The fifth plank reads: “We demand an end to illegal immigrants receiving benefits from any local government programs.”
A sixth plank asks for juries to be informed of their duties to decide on the law and the facts in a case, a process known as jury nullification.
“We support a return to a more independent, self-sufficient society. We support self-reliance in our local communities by supporting local agriculture, utility independence and more localized and individual solutions,” reads plank seven.
An eighth plank states: “we oppose development in Nye County surpassing the availability of water resources located within their borders.”
Finally, the NCRCC asks for an end to electronic voting machines and voter registration on election day.
“We must demand proof of residency to register and photo identification at the time of voting.”
Quitevis said she plans to form a Nye County Republican Women’s group.
The owner of Precious Properties and Precious Care Home Health Services, Quitevis was appointed to a vacancy on the Nye County Commission by former Gov. Jim Gibbons in 2008 to replace Peter Liakopoulos, but lost in the 2010 district five primary to Dan Schinhofen. She also served on the judicial screening committee to select ee candidates to replace the late District Judge John Davis.