US Army Veteran committed to making Votes Matter with Rampart Caucus—The “Know More” Vote.
I’ve come here to share ideas that have been dammed up in my head for decades. I have a few notable experiences listed below that have prepared me to move forward on this crazy journey.
I am never so content as when I’m in a room full of people glowering as I tell them why they’ve been so wrong for so long.
That’s exactly what I’m asking my neighbors in District 03 to do as their humble Representative.
I’m prepared to step up and be an independent voice in Congress as a Moderate Democrat.
Snapshot of What Influences My Ideas
I grew up in the conservative state of Indiana and proudly cast my first vote for Ronald Reagan. Former Senator Richard Lugar was my Mayor growing up.
I was the first in five generations of Irish immigrants to graduate high school. I started out pushing a mower on public golf courses around Indianapolis. After a less than stellar Freshman year at Butler University I spent four years working at two major hotels and driving a Yellow Cab. Meanwhile, my younger brother did an Army tour and graduated from Indiana University on the GI Bill. Inspired, I joined the Army and exceled while attending nearly five years of college in six years at Fort Ord. Lots of college and only general studies degrees to show for it.
My work in the Army required me to teach myself computers, which lead to becoming a self-taught programmer for thirty years. I excelled in the Army. I was recognized with Company, Battalion, Brigade, Community awards, and was the top M-16 marksmen at Fort Ord in 1991. I was Bravo Company 14th Engineer Battalion’s Bailey Bridge Commander, Training NCO and PT Leader. I was literally a bridge builder, after directing over 20 Bailey Bridges builds. I now aspire to be a virtual bridge builder by bridging the gap to carry Americans where we need to be.
United Way Soldier of the Year, presented here by Clint Eastwood.
I now make a comfortable living as a programmer, and plan to retire in ten years. I hope not to have a quiet retirement.
How I became a Nevada Advocate for Fairness
- I worked for a Silicon Valley company that unexpectedly sold its core technology and closed. After moving to Las Vegas in 2001, I spent eight years doing contract security updates to Classic ASP apps, while developing my own Content Management System app like WordPress. The technology I used became obsolete before it was ready. During seven of those years I drove a Las Vegas taxicab four days a week. I saw a lot. I saw how police treat people differently, because I was also treated differently when pulled over in my cab as opposed to how I was treated when pulled over in my own car. And I’ve seen how people who have little or nothing (like my mostly immigrant fellow drivers) can be controlled with fear. I was witness to the underbelly of life and regularly encountered the need for more resources to deal with mental health and homelessness.
- Driving a taxicab led to becoming a driver advocate and Nevada Legislature lobbyist for drivers who couldn’t communicate well enough to oppose policies or to be organized. I found an interest in the solar power industry while lobbying in 2009 & 2011. I managed to ruffle some feathers as an advocate and lobbyist, but I was generally ineffective influencing law for a variety of reasons, most often that I wasn’t affiliated,
- Driving also led to an opportunity during hard times in 2008. While campaigning for the AFL-CIO I met Richard Trumka. Inspired, I tirelessly canvassed, then later voted for Barack Obama while still registered as a Republican. I truly believed that he would be able to bridge the racial divide in America. I was wrong. He only used his position to vent frustration and sew mistrust in police. Opportunities lost.
- My advocacy put me in many, many rooms, like opposing policy at the Taxicab Authority, Nevada Transportation Authority, many EPA reviews for solar projects on BLM land, committee hearings at the Nevada Legislature where I butted heads with two Nevada Assemblyman who ended up in prison, revealed United Steel Workers lie to workers that literally bargained away their right to earn at least minimum wage, exposed NV Energy Renewable standards deception and finally ended up in 8th District Court,
- I prepared and filed an 8th District Court pro se case against all of the Las Vegas Strip hotel casinos and limousine companies claiming my taxi driving income had been cut by 80% because of their illegal activities. Judge Jackie Glass scolded me and threw me out of her courtroom two weeks before the Las Vegas OJ Simpson trial she judged. She pointed at the two dozen lawyers sitting on the other side and asked, “Do you see what you’ve done, Mr. Hynes?” That defeat was my most glorious moment, although weak-kneed and numb at the time I could only stand and shuffle to a gallery seat. I was told to leave by the bailiff.
When I hear the nonsense spoken by our national leaders and representatives, it’s difficult to stay quiet. I sincerely believe most Americans know common-sense when heard and will appreciate what I say.
Let’s see where the bridge leads, together.