ELKO — Former Nevada Assemblywoman and U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle encouraged all constitutional conservatives to run for office during a meeting Saturday.
Angle was a guest speaker for the Elko County Republican Party quarterly central committee meeting, which was hosted at the VFW Hall.
“I want to encourage you, at this point, that all politics truly is local,” she told the committee. “And those local seats — that’s where the things that are going to happen to you are going to be happening quickly and they’re going to affect you very personally. You need to be ready for those offices.”
As an example, Angle recalled her experience as a teacher and school board member.
“We need constitutional conservatives sitting on school boards, determining where that (education) money should be spent. I think it’s best spent at the local level, right there in the classroom.”
Earlier in the committee meeting, Elko County Commissioner Charlie Myers announced that the county was “in the black,” or showing a trend of financial profitability.
“I can’t tell you how that makes my heart sing, when we’re $16 trillion in debt as a nation to know that Elko County is in the black,” Angle told Myers. “Thank you for electing folks that really understand what true conservatism is.”
Angle also encouraged county republicans to become involved with her conservative grassroots organization, the Nevada Republican Assembly (NvRA).
The purpose of the NvRA is to endorse constitutional conservatives in the Republican primaries, she said.
“Really encourage your representatives to the side of our Republican principles: Less taxation, that’s what we stand for,” she said. “We say government should be more fiscally responsible, not when they need something (to) come to us for more taxes.”
In conclusion, Angle promoted her new book, “Right Angle: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim the Constitution,” and described it as a “handbook for constitutional conservatives.”
When asked if she would ever run for a Senate seat again, Angle responded that “it’s a possibility.”
“Certainly, we need to replace Harry Reid’s leadership and it would be nice to have a different person representing our state as well,” she said. “I encourage you all to run for office. I wouldn’t encourage you to do anything I haven’t done myself and wouldn’t do again.
“...If you believe in representative government, then you have to be willing to be one of those representatives. And I’m willing.”