Fourth Congressional District incumbent Cresent Hardy of Mesquite is expected to pick up the Republican Party nomination in the June 14 primary, for which early voting begins in days. He faces two low-profile opponents.

Hardy describes himself as a fifth-generation resident of Mesquite, noting that his grandfather was the first baby born in the town. He has served as the Mesquite Public Works Director, a member of the Virgin Valley Water District, a member of the Mesquite City Council and served two terms in the Nevada Assembly. He grew up on a ranch and is a licensed contractor.

Hardy notes that Nevada pays more to the federal government in taxes than we receive in federal services. “Nevada has been a ‘donor state’ for far too long,” he writes. “We have essential services that need our resources, and Nevada can better decide how to spend our money than the federal government.”

Speaking of that federal government he declares that Congress needs to balance the bloated budget and work toward reducing our trade deficit. “As a long-time businessman, I have had to keep a sharp eye on the bottom line of my businesses to ensure that employees and vendors are paid on time,” he writes. “The government should operate by this same basic standard. We cannot spend money that we do not have.”

He opposes ObamaCare and said health care policies should be determined at the state level, as should decisions about education. He said the nation must be strong militarily without being the policeman of the world.

Las Vegas builder Mike Monroe is making another bid for the Republican nomination in CD4. Two years ago, after running a nearly invisible campaign and spending negligible cash, Monroe inexplicably won 22 percent of the vote in the primary and actually won in two counties.

Monroe said he hopes to win even more votes this time with his unconventional campaign that largely involves driving to various meeting places. He said he only wants to serve a single two-year term so he can push for anti-methamphetamine legislation. He said that is his whole campaign.

Pahrump electronic technician Wayne Villines says he doesn’t want to be congressman but is running because Hardy told him he could not help with a problem because he did not sit on the committee that dealt with that issue.

“Unless I see real proof that Congressman Hardy is willing to fight for the Constitution, including calling for impeachment processes against sitting Congresspersons, then I cannot support him as Congressman,” Villines writes. “I cannot trust any Democrat, since every elected Democrat has betrayed their promises, so far as I can see. That leaves only me as the only real choice for a pro-Constitution candidate.”

He lists one of his priorities as increasing the quality and quantity of representatives in the House, saying each congressman represents too many people, noting CD4 includes 667,000 people. He also advocates fixing the economy and reducing the tax burden.

The district includes part of northern Clark County, the southern part of Lyon County and all of White Pine, Nye, Mineral, Esmeralda, and Lincoln counties.